Ouch. I am OKAY but I was in a motorcycle accident yesterday. I've got a really bruised ankle, a broken fingertip, a bruised knuckle and some really sore torso parts. I am incredibly lucky. Here's what happened... I was in the HOV lane going past stopped traffic going at least 10 under the speed limit knowing stopping on 2 wheels for people who cut you off is harder than on 4...anyway I am up to the trunk of this white honda accord and all of a sudden he pulls out into me, I honk and try to break but there is no left shoulder and his car puts me and my bike against the concrete barrier. The people who stopped were amazed I was alive.
For those of you who drive cars! Please use directional signals any time you turn or change lanes. Also look in your mirrors carefully. As motorcycles are smaller we may be easier to not see.
For those of you who ride motorcycles, be careful. I couldn't have been much more careful and alert, it was because I knew it was a dangerous area that I had my thumb on the horn...Also have gear on. I had on leather chaps full ankle covering boots, a leather armored jacket, full face helmet, and armored gloves. My gloves are shreaded to pieces, including the hard armor inside them, my chaps are destroyed, and my jacket nearly lost its shoulder. My physical damage was minimal. Had I been wearing a tee and jeans like many people I see riding motorcycles I would not have any skin on my hands anywhere...and my entire left leg would have no skin and they would have been pulling jean fragments out of that wound. My shoulder would be pretty messed up too.
I am incredibly lucky, but part of that was due to the fact that I was prepared and wasn't cheap about my gear. None of that was due to that driver being prepared. Take a lesson from me. I will still ride a motorcycle daily once it is fixed and I am healed. But since it is dangerous, invest in good gear, you know what, it looks just as cool as the people who try to look badass and wear half helmets and shorts and flip flops.
Drive safe, and be alert, cars are not as dangerous but they are more expensive.
Also I want to thank Joe for missing his party and taking me to the dr.