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Old 12-01-2010, 05:56 PM   #46
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Gee, the windshield of the van is cracked... looks like the helmet hit it?

I'm sure the woman in the van is an emotional mess. It's never easy to know that you almost killed someone by driving while distracted (messing with the radio, yelling the kids in the back, talking/texting on the cell-phone...) She is clearly at fault in this accident, but she is not the enemy.

There are no winners in this situation... except for the lawyers. Even as I wrote the previous advice to seek a lawyer and have them write a letter or two for you to the insurance company for a small fee ($100), I DO NOT encourage you to go to retain one by signing a contract of representation unless you really feel ripped off by the insurance company adjusters or if she freaks and hires a lawyer of her own to try to squirm out of her responsibilities.

Keep a level head and take a wide perspective about this situation. Going to court is a nasty and long-drawn out torture for both parties. Have pity on yourself for needing to piece your life together and be in recovery. Have pity on her for not torturing her with the details of almost having killed someone.

It wouldn't be far from the truth to say that you've been given a second lease on life. Especially true that you are still walking and talking after such a serious accident. Many people who go through similar realizations go on to do great things for they've seen that their time on this Earth is limited.

Do not take this "gift" lightly and return to your everyday dulldrums nor the old mentality of strictly "me & mine".

You will notice that I seem to be contradicting myself. I'm merely the pointing out an option C, if we were only talking about A and B up to now.
i disagree. consult with one. do not settle on anything. other then property damage.
not sure how it is in Canada but you need to make sure you will be able to work a year from now if you have a problem from this accident that may have been missed on first go around. you will need the lawyer then...
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Old 12-03-2010, 02:55 AM   #47
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Just saw this....see any accident from which you can walk on is ok. I am glad that you are all right and that you are well enough to write here...
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Old 12-03-2010, 09:49 AM   #48
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Hey Mike, been a while since your last post. We hope all is well. Just shoot us a thumbs up and we'll leave you to recover at your own pace.

BTW, jrcool thinks your XL looks like one of his early moto sketches.

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Old 12-03-2010, 03:05 PM   #49
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I don't even know you, but I'm happy to hear you came out of that relatively unscathed.

in addition to drcools "advil is your friend" so are hot baths & showers, robaxicet & couple of beers.
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Old 12-03-2010, 06:33 PM   #50
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not sure how it is in Canada but you need to make sure you will be able to work a year from now if you have a problem from this accident that may have been missed on first go around. you will need the lawyer then...
Wise advice. Take it slow and feel your recovery before accepting any settlement.
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Old 12-03-2010, 06:42 PM   #51
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... Apparently the woman who hit me with the van is a mess...
Is this Canadian for "she is a total f$%&*ng wh^ore?". You guys are always so polite, my hat's off to you.

Mike, I'm glad you did good. How's your recovery?
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Old 12-03-2010, 08:14 PM   #52
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Hey Mike, been a while since your last post. We hope all is well. Just shoot us a thumbs up and we'll leave you to recover at your own pace.

BTW, jrcool thinks your XL looks like one of his early moto sketches.

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Doing alright. Spent some time tonight with a few Detroit ADV Riders. Got to sit on a 950SE. How to break the news to the loved ones? Hmm?
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Old 12-04-2010, 11:10 AM   #53
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Good Healing

Just a note to wish you well.......following the regional thread didn't know what happened til I found this one.......

I always wondered how anyone would have the reflexes to get out of the way in those situations .....even if you are watching the mirrors and have a planned escape vector ....How do you have the time to hit the throttle and get the hell out of there....?

Glad to here you are okay and actively shopping for a new ride......The Varadero at Thunder road is the twin of mine.....Was he willing to deal.....??

All the best Junac!
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Old 12-04-2010, 12:44 PM   #54
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Doing alright. Got to sit on a 950SE. Hmm?
stick with that thought and speak with Mtrhead. The SE would be a fine replacement and you have all winter to make it yours.

Santa gonna get you a new suit?
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Old 12-05-2010, 10:34 PM   #55
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Glad to see youre ok. I always knew the xr had a 5 star crash test rating so you had to know you'd be alright ;)
Did insurance buy the bike yet some of us could use parts
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Old 12-06-2010, 05:03 AM   #56
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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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Old 12-06-2010, 07:40 AM   #57
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stick with that thought and speak with Mtrhead. The SE would be a fine replacement and you have all winter to make it yours.

Santa gonna get you a new suit?
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I think Kahoon is selling his KTM..
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Old 12-11-2010, 02:31 PM   #58
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Old 12-11-2010, 05:22 PM   #59
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Damn! I've been to many accident scenes and from the looks of your bike I wouldn't have guessed you got away as good as you did.

I hope you make a full recovery brother.
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Old 12-11-2010, 05:52 PM   #60
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Glad you are ok! I think that's the shortest wheelbase XRL I've ever seen, think of how tight you could turn now

I wouldn't give up riding - maybe riding on the street if its not fun anymore, but a minivanisn't going to nail you from behind out in the woods Personally I'd probably keep street riding too and just watch the mirrors even closer/earlier. I've scooted out of the way a few times when cages weren't paying attention, been clipped from behind once too - watched closely till the light turned green, took off and what do you know, but someone to my right in a right turn lane decides to turn left and just clipped my rear wheel, resulting in a rather spectacular highside - live and learn

Re lawyers and ins co's, like anything else there's good ones and bad ones and a whole bunch in between for both. I wouldn't say automatically hire a lawyer or never hire a lawyer - really depends on your situation and all that. My guess is that without any personal injuries its probably not worth hiring one, but I don't know the details of or situation or very much about Canadian law (I'm a us insurance lawyer, but don't do PI/accident stuff).
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