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    On Monday Sept 7th it was a beautiful evening, so after dinner I decided to take my Bandit 1200 out to fill it up. I had a friend coming in a couple of days to visit and I had planned a big ride up island overnight for 10 of us on the following Friday.
    After getting gas I decided to take a ride around the peninsula near my house like I have done a thousand times, before heading home.
    It was a holiday Monday here just after 7pm and not much traffic at all. I came up to a 4 way stop...as always I was scanning the intersection on my way to the stop sign. I noticed a car approaching to my right that would reach it's stop sign before me, so I slowed and watched him go straight through the intersection. I noted that there were no other cars approaching from the other directions as I hit my stop sign, then I started on my way across the crosswalk and into the intersection....and bang! I got hit by a Ford 150 that had run his stop sign from my left...I didn't see a thing until being between his front bumper and his front wheel.
    The impact was brutal. It threw me off my bike spinning in the air...my bike was sent flying at least 30 yards...I struggled to my knees and couldn't breath and took my helmet off right away. I tried to get up but knew there was something wrong with my right leg/hip.the driver of the truck and his wife came up to me and he said "I'm sorry"...I couldn't breath but managed to say "you blew the stop sign"...he said nothing to that.
    The next minutes I remember people stopping to help and all I could say was "call 911"...I could not get enough air...I knew right then that this was serious...very serious. A woman that came on the scene that I later found out lived close by and is a nurse and she got me on my back and secured my head and neck....I remember being relieved that I could move my legs.
    I remember there was a lot of chaos in the intersection with people stopping to offer help.
    I finally heard sirens off in the distance. They got me on to a board and it was so painful..When I was in the ambulance they cut off my leather jacket and jeans all while talking to me and asking me questions...I asked them for something for the pain but they said they couldn't give me anything but "laughing gas" which I tried but I couldn't inhale enough to make it work. The ride to Victoria General seemed to take forever. I have never been so scared in my life. All I could think about was my wife and how she would have expected me home by now. How am I going to get the news to her?
    While all this was happening my wife had been texting me.."Hello"? And she went on facebook and she's in a group called "Lower Island Riders" and the woman/nurse that had helped me posted there was a rider down but didn't want to post anything else...my wife contacted her and that was how she found out it was me...she made her way to our nearby small hospital but I wasn't there...and then the ER called her....
    I was so relieved to arrive at VGH and felt safer now. They gave me fentanyl for the pain.
    They took me in for ct scans....and by that time my wife was there...the look on my wife's face..I will never forget.

    14 broken ribs
    collapsed lung
    fractured right hip
    broken left collar bone
    Fractured finger

    The good news was no head, neck or spinal injury. I guess some would say I was "lucky".
    I spent the next 11 days in hospital...had surgery on my hip the first morning where they put 3 screws in.
    I got out Thursday the 17th


    I am very happy to be here...it's going to be a long road to recovery.
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    Holy shlt!!! Probably take a while but heal up my friend and hopefully no permanent damage. That's a big hit you took.
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    I was beginning to wonder where you'd been. How long till you can stand/walk?

    Best wishes for a full recovery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob S. View Post
    I was beginning to wonder where you'd been. How long till you can stand/walk?

    Best wishes for a full recovery.
    I started walking a few days ago with a cane.. but only a short distance.. I canít put my weight on my right foot for 6 weeks.
    I have rented a hospital bed and itís in our living room as I can only sleep in a more upright position.
    itís been brutal.
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    Wow, sorry to hear about this my friend. As bad as this is, it sounds like it could have been much worse. I think about your poor wife and what she must have went through... You take it easy and get well soon.
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    Jesus F$!ck man, all the best. Considering the ridiculous vehicle sizes in N.A. and given the F150, yeah, I'd say "lucky" applies.

    At the least, should be a clear-cut case insurance-wise...
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    Jeeze . Best wishes from down here old mate .

    Cheers , Simon .


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    Get well soon Trevor. Best wishes from here.
    I would most likely be getting angry and other pointless stuff.
    With all the possible futures available at the point of impact you got a good one. Karma paying you back?
    I like to think I have experience and so on to keep me safe but here you have things coming at you out of a clear blue sky.
    A lesson for us all.
    As a friend once remarked, ' I see they're fishing in our pond now'.
    Anyway, six weeks, so that Halloween BBQ at your place is still on, right
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    What the....? D@mn you 2020....

    Very sorry to hear this.
    Glad it wasn't even more serious, but that doesn't really help, does it?
    Looks like you need to review the movie thread...

    Reach out if there is anything I can do from here...
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    Crap. I’m very sorry to hear this and hope you heal up well. Do you know if the other driver received a citation or anything? It sounds like he was speeding if you’re saying he wasn’t there a few seconds before. I assume the Bandit is insured but they should still be taking care of the rest of your stuff.

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