Bike: '97 BMW R1100RT
Date: 7/15/03 6:15pm or so
Location: Braintree Ma, rte 128N aka IRte 93S
Cause: Hit by Drunk Driver
Traffic Conditions: Light traffic, dry roads, no debris, four
lanes in my direction.
Weather: Sunny, cool temps in the 70's
I was in traffic in the HOV lane as there must have bee a break down because
the traffic stopped for a minute or two then moved on. While waiting I
noticed how nice the weather was, and what a great day for a ride even
though it was a commute. While stopped I changed my gloves from Akita rain
gloves to a summer weight pair by Olympia. At the split I headed right
onto to 128N and was surprised to find no traffic. What is usually stop
and go was very light traffic. I just cruised along in the second land
from the right enjoying the weather and the wide open road. Something
must caught my attention to my left, I looked to see what it was. I saw
the grill of a car facing me. With no time to react this guy traveled across
two lanes and into my rear wheel. I was hit.
Bike and rider were violently separated on the slight bend to the left
just beyond the first on ramp. I impacted my left shoulder as I was thrown
right. I was was forced into a fetal position. I slid, tumbled flipped
on my head for a long time and came to rest in the edge of the woods.
Just a few feet to my left was an interstate sign that I luckily avoided,
but my bike took out. I came to rest on my back facing up.
I did a quick assessment. I found left foot and shoulder hurt LOTS.
Right middle finger had an owie, but other than that nuthin'. I check for
extremity sensation and determined all was intact. Just the foot and shoulder
were concerns. So I removed my helmet without getting up. I was able
to slide it off without moving my head too much. And I called the
wife to tell her I was alright, but going to wait for the ambulance. I
wanted her to hear about the accident from me. I wanted to minimize her
stress, being 5 months pregnant. After that I lay absolutely motionless
as everyone did their thing.
Witnesses were very good. "Do no move." "Were you riding with a passenger?"
etc. Excellent. I told them I was ok and they milled about. Nobody touched
me until the ambulance people came to take me away. Xray's, Cat Scans,
and rectal probes were liberally applied in a vane attempt to locate injury.
No broken bones, no spinal or neck injury. Just some very well bruised
contact points. I was kept for observation, passed with flying colors and
was released noonish today. I left the hospital on my own power only aided
with crutches. The crutches were my choice. Foot bruise is painful, but
shoulders do not hurt too much for crutches.
The person who hit me was arrested for DUI., disorderly conduct and
negligent operation. Well family is visiting no so I gotta go. But I am
merely bruised and stiff. The status of the bike is unknown.
I was wearing:
Darien without liner: The brunt of the damage was to the left shoulder. As the
fabric wore through. Only jacket related road rash was on my right wrist
where the sleeve rode up a little.
Jacket LHS Front (a)
Jacket LHS Inside
Jacket LHS Inside (a)
Jacket LHS Inside (b)
RHS Front (a)
RHS Front (b)
Inside The Shoulder pad deformed inside out.
Darien: The brunt of the damage was to the seat. Hole wore through on
the bum and below the left knee. Only pant related road rash was on my
left knee where the leg rode up a little.
Front Left Knee 8" from cuff 4" from pad
Back Right Hip Hole about the size of a dime.
Back Right Hip (a)
Arai Quantum Helmet
Scuffed up a whole lot, but no signs of hard impact.
Helmet Left Profile
Helmet Left Profile Close
Helmet Right Profile
Helmet Right Profile
Olympia summer weight gloves
Turns out the gloves were worn through in two places
on the knuckles of the left hand.
Alpinestar stage boots
Other pertinent data
There were no skid marks
left at the scene
I would wear all of this equipment again.
Hindsight would have made the difference.
Since I didn't crash it myself I'll simply conclude that basic bike operation
was fine. But the one thing that would have made a difference is
backward visibility. I check my review mirrors very frequently bordering
on constantly. In fact I think I was in the process of checking again
when this all took place. Only I started on my right since the on
ramp was there. When I returned to center I noticed something to
my left and you know the rest of that story. You may be wondering
why would I bring up backward visibility if I was actually checking behind
me. There is a simple reason. Mirrors. The mirrors on all RT's are
below the handle bars. They have sufficient clearance to see well
on each side, and are only slightly impaired when camping gear is loaded
across the back seat. The problem lies in that when my head is up
at the road these mirrors are hidden behind the chin bar of my full face
helmet. I have to look at the mirrors to use them at all.
If the mirrors were placed on stalks and remained in my line of sight
I would probably have noticed the fast mover coming up. I know for
a fact that I saved my own hide on more than one occasion on my Suzuki
because I noticed movement in my mirrors while looking done the road. Now in retrospect I would
suggest people check their mirror placement to see it they are in the rider's
line of sight.
Damage to Bike:
Bike Front (a)
Bike Left 2
Bike Right Jug