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Old 11-26-2010, 11:00 AM   #1
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Hey guys,

Looks like my riding days are over. I'm ok, bike was totalled. Driving home from work yesterday, cars were stopped at intersection, I pulled up and stopped. Checked my mirror, too late. Rear ended by mini van, taken by Ambulance to hospital. Spent 6 hrs on back board and in a neck brace. EKG, X-Ray, and CT Scans all good. No broken bones. Protective gear torn up, helmet and shield banged up. I've had the pleasure of riding with Detroit, Southwestern, and GTA ADV Riders and will never forget the good times. Right now I'm counting my blessings.

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Old 11-26-2010, 11:19 AM   #2
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Damn!...that blows big-time...

What was the van-driver's excuse, other than not driving?....
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Old 11-26-2010, 11:38 AM   #3
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Mike, I'm so glad to hear that you checked out fine, however by the looks of the picture, I'm sure you got "launched". The soreness will be apparent this week-end.

I'd be interested in what charges were laid on the soccer van operator. Any evidence of cell phone use or texting while driving?

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Old 11-26-2010, 12:04 PM   #4
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Mike, I am glad you can communicate after your incident.

Practice the three R's for now. Rest, Relax, Recuperate. Then have a lawyer eat the texting, lazy, soccer van driving cager alive. Adjusters and insurance people will need proding to do the right thing but if it is anything like my accident you will do fine monetarily.

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Old 11-26-2010, 12:09 PM   #5
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YIKES! Close call for sure Mike! Glad you`re ok!! You were lucky for sure.

Hope the driver doesn`t get off too easily.

On the bright side....riding seasons pretty much over and you have all winter to shop for a new bike and gear.

Don`t let it spook ya...most of us have been there, and many didnt walk away without extended hospital stays (including myself) Hope to see you back in the saddle next spring!
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Old 11-26-2010, 01:28 PM   #6
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Hey guys,

Looks like my riding days are over. I'm ok, bike was totalled. Driving home from work yesterday, cars were stopped at intersection, I pulled up and stopped. Checked my mirror, too late. Rear ended by mini van, taken by Ambulance to hospital. Spent 6 hrs on back board and in a neck brace. EKG, X-Ray, and CT Scans all good. No broken bones. Protective gear torn up, helmet and shield banged up. I've had the pleasure of riding with Detroit, Southwestern, and GTA ADV Riders and will never forget the good times. Right now I'm counting my blessings.

RIDE SAFE! DRIVE SAFER!

MIKE STOYSHIN - JUNAC (YOUNG BULL)
Looks like the van tried to EAT you and the bike. Could have been way worse. You're a lucky guy. Everyone else is right, get a good lawyer NOW! And don't screw around. Document everything you do, how you feel, where it hurts, etc....Be pushy with the insurance company and anyone else involved. If you don't demand help, financial or otherwise,none will be given. It's been 2 & half years since mine and it's still not resolved.
Go buy some lottery tickets, you appear to be a lucky man.
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Old 11-26-2010, 02:19 PM   #7
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OMG- That could have been so much worse. I'm glad to hear you're ok.
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Old 11-26-2010, 02:23 PM   #8
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Glad you're ok. I gotta disagree about lawyering up...they only TAKE money from you. Remember insurance is to put you back where you started, no worse, no less. That being said make sure you get what you think you deserve for the injuries but lawyers take 30% and up and don't really get you any more than you would have in the first place most of the time if you are articulate and can talk to the insurance adjuster reasonably.
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Old 11-26-2010, 02:29 PM   #9
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Mike,

Do what you think is right for you, but my initial response to seeing that picture was "man, what a lucky bugger, he doesn't need to go through the hassle of trying to sell that bike to fund a 950!".

But seriously - glad you're OK.

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Old 11-26-2010, 02:42 PM   #10
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Sorry to hear about what has happened but glad to hear initial reports are good regarding injuries. Things could have been a lot worse. Hope you make a full and speedy recovery. I also hope you meant that your riding days are over only for this season.
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Old 11-26-2010, 10:37 PM   #11
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Glad you're ok. I gotta disagree about lawyering up...they only TAKE money from you. Remember insurance is to put you back where you started, no worse, no less. That being said make sure you get what you think you deserve for the injuries but lawyers take 30% and up and don't really get you any more than you would have in the first place most of the time if you are articulate and can talk to the insurance adjuster reasonably.
I don't agree. Unless you are a lawyer yourself, the insurance adjuster will try to get away cheap by offering you a lowball offer for pain and suffering.

A lawyer (or threat of a lawyer) will often change the adjuster's tune by about 50-100% more than the initial payout offer.
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Old 11-27-2010, 04:09 AM   #12
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Glad you were not hurt worse! That looks ugly.
Btw.. I am in the don't bother with a shyster camp unless you need to. There is a reason they are among the most hated professions in the world. I came out of my accident 30K to the good because I didn't have to pay the shyster!
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Old 11-26-2010, 02:21 PM   #13
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Glad you are relatively OK, that looks like it could have been much worse.

I know you're shaken up right now but give yourself some time before you call an end to your riding days.

Hope you heal up quickly.
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Old 12-06-2010, 06:03 AM   #14
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Hey guys,

Looks like my riding days are over. I'm ok, bike was totalled. Driving home from work yesterday, cars were stopped at intersection, I pulled up and stopped. Checked my mirror, too late. Rear ended by mini van


Hi Mike --

I just found this thread. You might want to have it moved to Face Plant!

Very sorry to hear about your collision! I was rear-ended a little over a year ago -- though not NEARLY as badly as you, but my bike was totaled. There's very little you can do in that circumstance. In my case, I didn't see or hear anything before I found myself flying forward into the car in front of me.

The best thing you can do, you already did: ATGATT! You never know when it's going to be your day. Best assume that day is today!

Regarding giving up riding: You wouldn't be the first, but I'm betting you'll start to feel a bit differently sooner or later.

Regarding getting a lawyer: Yes, and now. By the time you realize that the insurance company isn't on your side, it will be too late. The insurance company has a lawyer. Why shouldn't you? (To believe that the insurance company is going to "make you whole" just because that's what they teach kids in civics lectures is naive. They're going to minimize their cost, plain and simple. I've been there.)

Rest up, feel better, and sit on a few more bikes over the winter!

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