>>At one point, they were cutting my shorts and shirt off and there were like 15 people all around me-- like a "Trauma in the ER" episode.<<
To which, my response at the time was "wow..kinky..." to the amusement of the ambo crew.
When I was down, since I did not scream (most folks do..can't help it, or as you say, don't even notice), and just kicked back patiently to wait, not knowing if there were any neck/spinal injuries, unwilling to move - they mistook me for dead.
I was half-in-half-out of the "mortal coil" as shakespeare puts it, but I knew one thing for sure...I wanted a smoke real bad, and so, asked the ambo crew for one, quite shocking them when the unmoving "corpse" not only made what could only be called a coherent request...but one for such a singularly inappropriate item for the sitation !
(tho, given my approximate survival chances, I shoulda asked for a blindfold, too)
I think it freaked them out a bit that once aware of my condition, I remained cool, calm and collected (and conscious!) all the way to the surgery table where they did a trio of split skin grafts, some emergency internal reconstruction and a lotta things ole doc frankie would have been proud of.
They still didn't expect me to make it, I think, cause I woke up and this nurse is sittin there with a tape recorder, notepad and pencil...in case ya say something afore ya die, maybe.
I made her go get me some coffee.
Just don't take too well to dyin I guess.
>>I still don't know where the Moped is-- Accident happened about 5pm sunday night. I assume towed to an impound lot or something. I'll find out today .<<
Best find out, especially if yer unknowingly payin $40/day storage on it.
>>As far as the damage, I'm sure you know what would happen to a targa that ran into the side of a car like I did.<<
Yeah, you were lucky...better to T-bone shot a car with a moped than have the reverse happen, as did to me.
Also much luckier for the Targa, yer front end is prolly trashed, but most of the non-metalwork stuff might be salvageable, you mostly gonna need a new set of forks.
I had thought you took a side hit, and that's kinda much worse on the 'ped, as well as you, but a nosedive into the side of a car, even at 40mph is nothing that's gonna put yer wheels down for the count.
>>I assume they (the insurance co.) will cut me a check for the bluebook value? or what... How does that part work, Ree?<<
Good luck, is all I say to that...I've never seen an insurance company actually pay up for a moped, or be forced to, no matter what the law says about it...with any luck at all, you should recieve some compensory moola for your wheels, tho they might not call it exactly that.
I figure the damage would run about $600 in a dealer shop, and you can do for it at about $200 estimate if the accident is as I believe it to be.
Do not let them take yer wheels as salvage till you have cash-in-hand equalling or exceeding it's blue book value, and you can have my 'professional' (such as it is) estimate of it's blue book value documented for court records if need be.
I would make them replace it with a new one, it's the least they can do, since the other driver is clearly at fault, no matter what BS-story he told to the cops - just don't push that too far, since you don't have a string of multimillion-dollar lawyers at hand, and they do.
Lemme know how this goes.