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Got a voice mail from my brother Q at midnight thursday saying that my other bro AJ had just t-boned a car on his bike doing 55 mph. I thought it was over. with everything else hapining this week: ( brother-in-law suicide, best friend car wreck with brain swelling cuncusion and broken ribs, 5 day coma, my familys car wrecked from another crash coasting us $1300,) i absolutly lost it. i went balistic, i had to git my wif out of bed to help me calm down enofh to call Q back for how bad AJ was. Q didnt know exactly but he said AJ caled him and told him to make other calls, The only thing AJ told Q bout injerys was "my nuts hurt from slapin the tank". So no real esesment of the situation. I then called my parents and had to blow their fones up cause it was midnight. I felt bad cause i didnt have info, no hospital, no extent of njurys where when why how, nothin. they started making calls and got ahold of his wife and she explaind everything to them. i wouldnt take that though. i needed to talk to him. when i got ahold of him he told me he was good and i would git the full report in the morning. he dont ever bull **** me so i knew he was ok. so i felt good and waited till mornig. heres what hapend:
exited highway slowed to 55.
aproched intersection with car coming from right w/ stop sign
saw car stop
checked left blind spot preping for lane change after intersection
all clear light blue pickup 90-100 yards back
looked forward saw previus car intering intersection
jumped on bracks layin 38 ft skid
struck car drivers side rear quarter
ejected over handel bars
aprox 15 feet air time
landed on back head forward
slid 30 feet
while liying conducted a self "im not broken/dead" check of estremitys
waited 2 min for parametics to arive
hospital for x rays, scans
4 hours later Jack on the rocks watchen Mcgiver with his dog at home.

few sprains, cuple deep bruses
not even a hole in his blue jeans
jacked held up perfectly (he almost brock the paremedics hand when they tryed to cut it off him)

moral i guess

My brother put 30,000 miles on that bike in the first 2 years with out so much as droping it in the driveway. My father always told me, if you ride a bike your time will come. well I believe it a little more now.
 

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Wow! Glad to hear your brother came out of this alive and without major injury. I agree with your father. There are two types of bikers, those that have gone down, and those that will go down. It's just inevitable. All we can do is stay mindful of every situation and try to keep the lay down/crash as painless and with as little injuries as possible.

Keep your eyes open, your mind sharp and ride smart. Cagers don't see us or don't care. Always ride as if they are out to hurt/kill you.
 

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Glad he's OK and sorry you had so much anxiety because of a lack of information.
 

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Sorry to hear of all the bad stuff happening to your friends and family this week. Glad that your brother came through with only the relatively minor injuries he has.

Let me share my thoughts or philosophy regarding the middle of the night phone calls in situations such as this. Unless those you are calling live close to the action, and can do something to help, let them sleep and call at what ever time you think they will be up and awake. This goes double if you really don`t have any details of damage or injuries. In your brothers case, your whole family was needlessly distressed and worried about him. Everyone thought the worst, and he was not hurt nearly as bad as everyone feared.

Please do not take any offence to what I have said, as I truly do not mean to give any. In the middle of a family emergency is not the best time to make plans for how to handle it. Thinking about it and talking it over before hand can let you know if some family members want to be woken and notified, even if all the facts are not know.

I know not everyone will agree with me, but in most situations I would rather wait till morning for news, especially if the situation is not clear.

I hope the coming week will find you all healing in mind and body.
 

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I am glad to hear he is ok. When I seen the title of the thread, I figured I was going to read about someone getting picked up with a fork and a spoon.

I hope you have a better week this week.
 

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Thanks every one for good wishes.

OlHoss : no ofence taken at all. i totaly agree. matter of fact i have that conversation every time i deploy or go out to sea. when to notifiy me or what to keep till i git back to homeport. but unfortanitly Q is the kinda guy who thinks everyone needs to know right then, and my state of mind befor i even got the call wasnt great so i just needed to talk to someone. and it happend to be my parents and wife

and just so every one knows, my first conversation with him out of the hospital he told me what his NEXT bike will be. cnat remimber some other croch roket but hell be back on in no time.
 

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That's great! Glad to know he wasn't spooked by the whole ordeal and will be riding again soon.

Not sure if I could say the same for myself. I think it would take some time, but I eventually get back on the steel horse.
 

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quik update aj is off cruches yesterday and was able to walk his dog today. i can try to post some pics of his bike later
 

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Good to hear it's a quick trip on the road to recovery!!
 

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First of all, sorry to hear about what happened to your brother, but glad it wasn't a LOT worse. Hitting a car at 55 mph is usually fatal, on a bike or in a car. Mythbusters crashed a late model car into a reinforced concrete wall at 50 mph, and then measured it. It was only half as long as it was to begin with, and the front seat area was completely obliterated. No airbag or seat belt would have saved the driver or front seat passenger in that car. Of course, if you hit another car in the side, that car would absorb some of the impact. Still, both drivers would likely die.


But the part about "your time will come" I do not believe. I can't believe it. I would have to quit riding if I honestly believed that. There are many riders who have ridden more years and more miles than I have, and eventually had to give it up for medical reasons, that never crashed. So I know it is not a sure thing. While riding a bike is dangerous, it is by no means the only dangerous thing, or IMO, even the most dangerous thing people do. Jerry.
 

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Glad things worked out for AJ. He was very fortunate, though I guess if he was travelling 55 mph before he laid down the skid marks he shed about 10 mph before hitting the car. Kudos to him for keeping control. Sounds like he was braking at threshold rather than skidding per se, because that also leaves marks.

About calling family, when my wife and I were in ER last year, they asked each of us separately who they should call. Diane didn't want them to disturb our (adult) kids but the attendant looked at her at said, "If I were your son, I would want to know!" - so she said go ahead.

Any call from the hospital is unsettling because they don't give any details over the phone. They simply said "Your parents have been in an accident. They are alive, but you should come see them." Which of course leads one to imagine all kinds of scenarios. But just speaking for myself, if it was someone I cared for I would rather know a little and pray than not know at all.
 
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