Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Ashburn, VA, USA
Rear Ended on the LT!
This last weekend, my wife and I thought we would go for a bit of a bike ride. Weather could not have been better here in northern Virginia. Well ... we were riding westbound on Route 9 out of Leesburg and I noticed a line of cars ahead in my lane stopped at a traffic light. I looked in my rear view mirror as I slowed, as I always do, and came to a stop in the left-most part of the lane, leaving plenty of room between us and a Mercedes immediately in front. After coming to a complete stop, I again looked into my right rear view mirror in time to see a white blur just as we were hit from behind by a full sized Dodge Ram van. Though it was a glancing blow, when the left part of the vanís front bumper hit the right-rear portion of our BWM K1200 LT, the back end of the bike was lifted off the ground and we, with the bike, were thrown forward. Somehow, and I still do not know how, I managed to keep the bike upright. Because I was already rolling forward, there was no oncoming traffic, and there was a wide shoulder on the opposite side of the road, I gave the bike some gas to get clear of all traffic. As we crossed the road, I noticed that the rear end of bike seemed a bit loose and had a ďgravellyĒ feel as we rolled. After hitting us, the van continued forward and took out the right rear quarter panel of the Mercedes in front of us and then went on over into a fairly deep ditch and up a slight incline for about another 100 feet beyond the Mercedes.
The driver of the van later admitted to the Deputy Sheriff that she was looking over her shoulder at a sign; and when she finally looked forward, it was too late. She saw us only in time to swerve (and I'm GLAD she did!). The officer informed us that she was being charged with reckless driving. (You don't say!)
Bottom line. My wife and I seem to be fine. When the van hit us, either a part of the van (such as the side mirror) hit my wifeís right shoulder, or it could have been the energy of the impact of the van transferring through the top trunk of the LT to her shoulder. Regardless, she was having a lot of pain at the scene, so paramedics put my wife on a backboard and took her by ambulance to the hospital, just as a precaution. Her right shoulder is deeply bruised and it appears from an x-ray that a bone in her right shoulder is chipped. I am fine, though my right knee and right hip are tender; I suspect from trying to keep the bike upright. Cosmetically, the bike didnít look bad at all, but because I was wary of the final drive and not knowing what other damage the impact caused, I had the bike towed. Also, when we were tying the bike down on the flatbed truck, I noticed some type of oil on the front left fork, so I suspect something up there may have broken, too. We'll find out more about the bike later. I am grateful we both are okay, and I must say Iím really bummed not to have my bike!