I'm feeling the need to vent a bit. Hope y'all don't mind
So I was riding my 2 month old cross country with naught but 2500ish wonderful miles on it a little over a week ago. It was the last ride of the season and I was on my way home with the intent of winterizing it the following day. On the way I took an unfamiliar route to try and avoid heavy highway traffic and wound up on a downtown city street (not smart, I know). I was in a good riding state of mind though and paying attention to cross streets and traffic as I normally would. Next thing I know I'm on the hood of a car... My first thought was "did someone just pull out in front of me?" followed by some understanding that I had likely just been in an accident. The car (which I was still on top of) slowly rolled to a stop and I stood up. That's when I noticed the back pain and hobbled off the street to lean against a tree until the police came.
An ambulance trip and a few days in the hospital later I am in a back brace with a burst fracture in one vertebrae (plus some cuts and bruising). Fortunately I'm still walking and haven't sustained any nerve damage so far, so I'm very lucky on that account. I was wearing all my usual gear and the only piece that sustained damage was my jeans which were sliced through during the crash (no idea by what).
I learned afterwards from the police that the other driver said he didn't see me in his mirror and pulled out from a parked position on my side of the street wth the intention of making a u turn. I don't recall seeing any creeping car or turn signal, so he must have pulled out pretty darn quick. I always try to ride toward the center line just in case people pull out like that, but as he was making a u turn he covered the whole lane. To make matters worse he had no license and produced an insurance card for the car (not in his name) that was 2 years expired.
All in all I could have been a lot worse and I feel very fortunate for that. The bike is at the dealership getting an estimate for insurance. Unfortunately I don't have any pictures, but once j get some from the shop I'll post them up. Not sure about the prognosis, but I'm sure my local Vic mechanics will let me know.
Now to fight with my insurance about the medical bills... Always fun right?
Thanks for letting me rant.
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