Welcome to the crash + broken bone club. Glad you're ok and made it out relatively unscratched. Bike looks like it took the brunt of it. Rebuild looks amazing. Hopefully insurance takes care of it. People really suck at driving now. One thing I make sure I do not do - sit back and just off the rear of a vehicle which is obviously the notorious blind spot. I try to avoid sitting there beyond a second or two. I am a big proponent and advocate for better instruction, and harder exams and testing. The exam and road test are a joke. These soccer Moms in gargantuan SUVs chatting on the cell phone is wrong as two squirrels fucking on a hot tin roof.
Make sure you get a settlement from the insurance company if it was his fault. I am not about exorbitant settlements or greed, but parts, your bike, helmet damage, distress, pain, and future physical ramifications derived from it are very real and a concern. It should be taken seriously I got hit on my mountain bike and cursed the people out to get the eff away from me, and didn't get it reported or memorialized. I wasn't about to get an ambulance chaser but I should have gotten a police report, etc. I got into a motorcycle accident, and got a little bit, but had I got an attorney, and paid, obviously, I would have gotten probably 20 times as much. I believe in righting negligence, stupidity, accidents, etc but think some of these astronomical figures in our crazy litigious society are wrong. We all pay for it.
Bikers are a special group because for the most part they are locked in and do not take things for granted; one is almost forced to. Johnnny and Suzie Homemaker usually have their heads in the clouds and forget they're behind 4000 pounds of weaponized steel and have other lives in the balance around them. I do not condone doing it, since you never know who is out there on the road these days, but if I see someone **** up, you can bet I let them know in a memorable way. :-) Nothing too obnoxious or rude. But I'll punch a window or curse out a moron or two. Allegedly.
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