Very nearly died the other day - motorcycle wreck
I was heading to work on my motorcycle ('06 Suzuki SV650S) and i was one block away sitting in the left turn lane waiting for the light to change. I heard tires once the vehicle behind me was within about 10ft and then BAM! I was side swiped by a van traveling ~50mph. I didn't notice it until i started looking around but it nearly pushed my bike into the middle of the intersection about 10-15ft forward. I didn't even drop the bike though, I balanced on my other foot. As soon as it hit i just saw black plastic and debris fly in front of me (from my right elbow taking her mirror off). My whole right side started hurting (mainly my foot). I watched the van, waiting for brake lights... But it just swerved a little and kept going forward. I started looking at the bike and noticed the mirror was dangling, my exhaust was destroyed, and my shoe fell off and my sock nearly came off too. It was almost 10:30pm so it was a little hard to see, but at a first glance I just saw a red spot and something white on top of it. I was unsure if it was a compound fracture or what my injuries were. Luckily what I had noticed was just an abrasion and it was just torn up skin. My injuries were minor given the situation. I was very lucky that I had full riding gear and I just have some bruising on various spots down my right side. My foot is fractured and sprained pretty good though. But if you look closely at the pictures, my right rear turn signal was struck and if she had been about 3 or 4 inches farther to the left I would have been completely rear ended; or if I had decided to stop slightly to the right in my lane.
So I consider myself very lucky, and hey, I get two days off work. :P
Here's a news article on the accident:
Motorcyclist Suffers Broken Foot
----- ALSO, in the crash report she claims she swerved to avoid a semi coming into her path, but the witness said the semi put on the turn signal and began to come over but stopped and never crossed the center line. And she said she thought she hit a pole? She must not have been paying any attention at all (texting? falling asleep??) because she would have noticed the semi coming over before and could have honked, plus she would have known there was a turn lane. Another thing.... she would have went into the grass before striking some kind of pole, they arent just in the middle of the road -_- but at least they caught her, arrested her, and she is facing a felony at this time.