Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Terrible Hole, IN
I added the "after first year" option for you.
Oh, and mine was in my third year of riding. Coming home from work and coming up on a red light. I was going about 15-20 mph and a guy turned left in front of me. I was already decelerating and he turned late enough that all I could do was try to grab some more brake to scrub off as much speed as I could before hitting him. I was thrown over the car and was surprisingly injury free. Not a scratch on my clothes or helmet. I was wearing a backpack full of clothes from my morning ride in and I managed to land on it. My only "injury" was where my forearm was dragged along the edge of the windscreen as I went flying over the bike and car. The bike was totaled because the frame snapped right at a weld and I'm sure the forks were bent beyond repair. Had it just been fork damage I might still have the bike now, but with a busted frame that was all she wrote.
I do feel like I did everything I could to lessen the severity of the crash, but having gone over it in my head many many times I fail to see any way that the crash was avoidable. If it taught me anything it taught me the importance of gear and that no matter how visible you make yourself people still will not see you.
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