Hey guys! So as some of you may know, I increased my daily work commute from 26 miles both ways to 106 miles both ways (53 miles one way) and it is alllll highway... so I went and sold my R3 (probably one of the biggest mistakes I made, going to miss the amazing machine).. anyways I went and got a new 2018 MT-09.. it was pretty awesome not gonna lie.. super slick, super safe with so much technology added by Yamaha, it was an amazing ride.. I did the new longest commute several times like it was nothing. It was pretty nice to have the extra "me time" every morning and evening, and on such a beastly machine it was pretty invigorating.
So to continue, I've been riding supersports since 2006.. I have a family, 3 kids (one of them fairly newborn) and I consider myself one of the safest and most responsible riders in the world. For real I'm pretty safe and alert. I see all the cagers in the mirrors and looked in the eyes, I see if they are distracted. I see if they are aware of me. I make it a point, for my own safety. In my years, I've already swerved out of the way of tons of cagers that merge into me, I've gone into the shoulder of the freeway so many times to safely avoid disaster. I never get mad (too mad) and I'm always forgiving.
On 8/30/2018, on my way home from work, a driver in a sedan decided they would merge from the #1
lane into the #2
lane without checking the mirrors or blind spots. They were merging directly into a moving vehicle on their side in the #2
lane. However, I was already there. In between their car and the other car. The merge was so aggressive that I was thrown from the bike 25 ft into the air, and landed in the #3
lane where I was immediately ran over by a truck. Apparently I blacked out immediately (I'm assuming in pain.) My legs were nearly destroyed. My knees split open, my right femur bone severed in two. My left big toe fractured. Apparently my leg looked like it was gonna fall off. I dont remember any of it happening because it happened so fast and my brain must have shut it all off.
I woke up in ICU. Apparently the surgeon was able to reconstruct my right leg and I got this new metal pole with screws holding my femur together. It'll be there for the rest of my life. It's the worse pain I've ever experienced. I dont wish this upon anyone. I am impressing physical therapy with my healing however. I'm doing it man. I'm healing! I'm progressing! I'll walk again someday soon, just not perfectly.
I want everyone here to realize it doesnt matter how safe you are or think you are. It doesnt matter. It just took one person not checking their mirror to almost kill me. Please kiss your wife/husband and kids. Ride safe and hope that this just never even comes close to happening to you. I dont have enemies, but even if I did I wouldn't wish any of this upon them. I dont wish this upon anyone. Its terrifying to even think about. I'm so happy and grateful to be alive.
So I'm on disability now. CA state disability is only paying me 60% of what I make as an I.T. professional. I'm going to be out of work for a minimum of 3 months. It sucks to think about. I dont want to ask anyone for anything. Ever. I'm going to struggle getting ends to meet for this new mortgage, the one that put me so many miles further from my place of employment. With all that said, my co worker made a GoFundMe page for me. My family talked me into sharing my story and sharing the GoFundMe page. I'm not even going to ask people to donate. I mean if you can and do, thank you a million times over. But if not, just a share in your communities would be so appreciated. Not just the GoFundMe page but the warning and awareness to keep us riders safe. I've lawyered up and they tell me that I'm expected to receive a hefty settlement. If anyone does donate and wants it promised back, I certainly will pay it back as soon as the settlement comes in.
Anyways thanks for reading. I love you guys and this is such an amazing community and what a heck of a fun bike everyone gets to enjoy. Be safe my friends! Remember to kiss your family, love them, appreciate them, and let them know it. Chances are they share the same feelings of you and deep down have some of their own worries because you're doing it on two wheels. Keep it rubber side down. Have some fun for me 🙂