I had right of way, going downhill. One way street, no stops or lights, 3 lanes, I'm in the center forward lane going to speed on a biturbo 2000 tomos (39 mph?)
the street is a steep downhill. State Street. It's 3 lanes but cars parked bumper on both sides.
Grey street intersects State. State is a main road, grey is a small-ish side street that crosses state.
A guy in his mid-nineties was looking at traffic BEHIND me, not at me. So he thought he could cross... and didn't see me coming at all.
I smashed directly into the drivers side door, my arm busted out his window, the moped buckled against my leg and I went cartwheeling over the car. my arm 'bashed' apart from impact but was also cut up by the glass.
When I cartwheeled over the car my leg (pinned by moped) was dragged, gouged and snapped-- I think the moped broke my leg but the huge scoop of missing leg flesh was from where my calf was gored by his mirror (the metal left from where the mirror was)
I landed on my left knee (the already mangled leg) the knee split open like a grape hit by a sledge. then... the weird screaming & shock-- try to stand on a busted leg.. that hurts...
it was his fault, absolutely. I was in the hospital for a couple days.. plates in my leg stitches and staples in my arm and a hole in my leg that looked like a gunshot or sharkbite-- so gross... see the fat and muscle... yuck.
they were treating him for 'severe head trauma' till they realized it was my arm blood that was drooling out of his eyes and ears. I bet he was scared shitless when I ran into him... I know If someone hit me like that I'd be terrified... "THUMP", "SMASH" "AArrrrrrghhhhhhh".
at the time I had a lot of college loans, was a perpetual student to keep my loans in deferrment. I only had one moped, a new 2000 targe. riding a moped to two 2 1/2 hour college classes a week (and I had an honors degree--already.. couldn't afford the loans.. cheaper to pay 1200$ for a couple night classes than 1200$ a month for loan payments...
I got a check (mine, all mine, no taxes, no medical..just mine) for $76,000
yeah.. I was holding that check..looking at it..... thanking god that I ride mopeds. Paid off the student loans, bought a house, bought 10 or so mopeds...got a few cool computers and a racing scoooter.
Next time there's a hummer on your tail--- don't get upset. Just smile knowing you can come to a complete stop in 10 feet. if it's got those temporary dealers plates.. it's got quadruple coverage so the dealership can't get sued.
Think of it... you're in court... with a foot high pile of medical bills and mental therapy... explaining how your life has changed since your MOPED (and you) were punted to bejezus and back... missed school... depression, can't ride the mopeds you love... and your obsessive compuisive mental issues mean that every day you don't settle is another visit to the psychptherapist...
"doctor, all I can think about is my horrible accident.. I want it to end"
SUV's sometimes act really offensive aggressive and dangerous. I know my head isn't wired correctly.. but if you are in a HUMMER tailgating a moped... you had better be prepared. You might endanger 100 mopeds... but there's gonna be one guy who says
"you want to pretend you're gonna run me over? you better be prepared to do it. Not only will I die on my moped (a fine way to go!) but my wife will live in a palace"
Yeah.. a hummer with dealer plates riding your ass after you cleaned the brakes... it's like poker. Some foool might call that bluff... not only lock up the brakes... put your feet down too. go from 30 mph to zero in 10 feet.
Can the driver of a tailagating hummer stop 5 tons of metal in 10 feet...?
nothing's as attactive as that cardboard temporary 10-day dealers plate on a new hummer.... I don't remember playing megabucks today.
As soon as you pick up that cellphone.... heheheh....
you'd have to be crazy to think like that.
Im not as crazy as I really am, thank god.