Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Crystal Lake, Illinois
I've Rode My Last Motorcycle
Well, the inevitable finally happened to me. I was heading home from work on Labor Day and going about 45 MPH when a car made a left turn right in front of me. I slammed on the brakes and the bike and I went down. I was wearing dress slacks, a short sleeve button down shirt, and a helmet. My clavicle is broken in two places, three fractured ribs, Stiches in my face, road rash all over - especially the face and forearms. My helmet, more of a skull cap, is scraped badly and the visor is trashed. My riding gloves also did their job for the most part. The individual who turned in front of me kept going. It was not at an intersection, but on a 4 lane road with a median for turn lanes. My daughter called the restaurant in front of where this happened and they have a surveillance camera that caught everything. It's not hi res, so no license plate. I hope they catch the person, but I'm not going to let it bug me if they don't. Plenty of witnesses saw it all and paramedics were there almost immediately. I'm thankful for my helmet and wish I was wearing my riding jacket.
I have made the easy decision (for me) to never ride again. I enjoyed riding as we all do, but this was too close of a call for me. I know it could have been much worse, and I consider myself fortunate to be alive. God forbid I was paralyzed or a vegetable. I don't want to sway anyone hear from continuing riding, it's clearly a personal decision. We have all known someone who has gone through something like this, and we continue to ride. I just wanted to share my story. It's part therapy for me and we can all learn from something like this. Please, everyone continue to ride safely and defensively. As for me, I will be in my car (windows down and sunroof open) watching and praying for motorcycles.
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