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post #1 of 83 Old 08-23-2019, 09:52 AM Thread Starter
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Got hit by drunk driver

Not a particular good way to spend my birthday. Got hit by a drunk driver on Wednesday night. GTL is totaled. He came across the median. My buddy went out yesterday to find my phone and said the car was deep in the field, which means he was moving fast enough to clear a 3' deep ditch and keep on going. I survived with a smashed foot - worst injury the podiatrist has ever seen, he said. Right now, I look like i got in a fight with an R75 - spokes sticking out of my foot. Will have to see if I can take a look at the bike when I get out of the hospital. I'm assuming the two Clearwaters on the left side are gone. The side bag is in pieces in the road. Hoping that the Darlas and Billie are still good, as well as the RKA tank and rack bags. Really hoping my RDL isn't too damaged. I'm looking at about 6 months for recovery with a couple more surgeries. Looks like I won't be at the rally next year, unfortunately. Back to living vicariously through you guys!

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Holy crap! That doesn't sound good, at all. I'm so sorry (and pissed) to hear this. Although I more than understand your concern for your bike and its accessories, screw that, worry about getting yourself whole. I hope you have a pitbull of a lawyer who'll rip the A-hole who hit you a second or third anal orifice. Get well and best wishes for a complete recovery.

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That sucks god their are so many losers out there not much you could have done to stop that from happing. I’ve been rear ended by dwi driver before bike frame totaled stay strong heal quickly and start picking new color .
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Holy crap. Please worry about things that matter at this point, your bike should be last on that list.
Tell me about having spokes sticking out of your foot, what's that mean?

Get better soon, you can always replace the bike with a better one.
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Although I more than understand your concern for your bike and its accessories, screw that, worry about getting yourself whole.
This ^^^^^^ exactly. Everything but your life can be replaced. The way you describe the aftermath of the collision, you're very lucky to be here to write about it. A couple of inches and who knows? I hope you start to feel better, and as K16GTW noted, start picking your new color. Very best of luck to you!
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Sorry to hear it Matt. I hope you don't suffer too much during the healing process. And hope you have a good lawyer to go after the drunk driver. Good luck !
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Re-spokes. Got an external fixator holding my foot together. Bunch of steel rods that go through the skin and into the bones to keep them from moving and allow healing.
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Sorry to hear about this man. I've had a couple get-offs caused by drivers, so even though you're banged up - you came out alright Trust me (I'm sure you know that). Could have been worse, so thank God for proper equipment.

Don't worry about the bike.... unless you have a friend doing the salvage legwork (sounds like you do!)

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Wow! So sorry to hear it. Inattentive drivers are enough to avoid on the road. Insanity and mayhem crossing the median for ya is over-kill. Glad you weren't killed! The foot sounds like you have a long road to recovery. I hope you can keep your spirits up. A positive attitude means so much in mending is my experience. It's a lot of work. Prayers for healing and for your family members who suffer with you.
Your thoughts spur me to call my agent and make sure all my extras are covered in such an event or other. Lights and seat shouldn't have to be purchased twice. And hopefully the DD's insurance has sufficient coverage to make you whole again, or maybe you have under-insured coverage. State minimums are quickly exhausted. Wishing you a speedy return to 100%.

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Wow! So sorry to hear it. Inattentive drivers are enough to avoid on the road. Insanity and mayhem crossing the median for ya is over-kill. Glad you weren't killed! The foot sounds like you have a long road to recovery. I hope you can keep your spirits up. A positive attitude means so much in mending is my experience. It's a lot of work. Prayers for healing and for your family members who suffer with you.
Your thoughts spur me to call my agent and make sure all my extras are covered in such an event or other. Lights and seat shouldn't have to be purchased twice. And hopefully the DD's insurance has sufficient coverage to make you whole again, or maybe you have under-insured coverage. State minimums are quickly exhausted. Wishing you a speedy return to 100%.
First, ArmyMutt, best of luck in getting back on your feet! (literally) May you heal without any lasting pain.

As for the coverage, the other driver's insurance should cover everything that is lost on the bike, including personal property, not just the bike itself. You should only need to worry about your accessories if it is your fault.

And for the medical insurance, if you have your own, shouldn't a person come out ok in that regard? You may want to have the other driver to cover the deductibles and your insurance company may go after them for the damages, but I'm pretty sure a person's general medical coverage would cover most, if not all, of any medical care needed (minus deductables) if there is no coverage from the accident itself.

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