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Old 11-05-2009, 01:49 PM   #1
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T-boned by an 18-wheeler..

This happened about 2 months ago and I lived, miraculously, without injuries to tell the tales.

There was nothing on the road ahead as I zoomed down on US 362 South from 290 down to I-10. The weather was a little hot as I was in my leather jacket but it was alright, the ride was enjoyable.

362 has this long stretch of straight road where you could see the horizon ahead and I could see the road was clear, except for a construction kind of pickup truck parked to the side of the street with its emergency lights on. In front of the pickup parked an 18-wheeler with its emergency lights on also. They both parked to the side of the road.

They were not turning as there was no traffic for a good while and they didn't turn anywhere. So I was just going to maintain speed and pass them. Suddently I was cautious as I remember a story of a harley driver got killed hitting a left turning truck a few weeks ago, so instead of passing them on my lane (They were parked to the side of the road, mind you) I moved to the next lane to pass instead. As if they were moving in the same direction as I was.

As I was getting closer I saw no movements, I was only doing about 80-85 that day. But as soon as I was too close to break, I saw the pickup initiated a left turn... and it's doing it very fast as if it's trying to get off the road as quickly as possible. I must've been invisible to the rig driver and the pickup behind it or something

Now it was too close to brake, if I do break I considered these outcomes.

1. Head on with the truck bed, my head/helmet might stay while the bike and rest of my body goes ahead.

2. Low sided and slide through the middle of the truck like in the movies

3. High side my bike leaving it to hit the truck while I take chance of flying over the truck and land hopefully unharmed.

Seeing option 1 is probably not desirable. I'll live to die another day with option 2 but my bike will be messed up, bad. And the probability of this option happening is about 0.05%. Also my calculations yielded a 0.0002% of option 3 happening.

Like between a rock and a hard place I decided to speed up as hard as I could.

As I was going through I FELT the ****ing 18-wheeler front bumper touching my right elbow. YES, it touched me (and that wasn't it either)!!! When it was behind me I looked back and the truck wasn't even stopping.. as if he never saw me before and after... WTH!!!!

I felt the bike wobble a little bit but I didn't go down. I was in the middle of no where, those guys can probably "deal" with me, put me and the bike in the truck and no one would've known... So after seeing that I didn't go down I assumed no damage was done so I kept going.

Went all the way through 362, to I-10 and exit.

As I was exiting and slowed down I heard some strange rattling noise. It stopped when I stopped at the light but started again as soon as I started moving. I pulled over to a gas station to inspect and guess what I found...

There were some rubber markings on my right exhaust. The heat cover was pushed in a little around the markings. Rear fender along with the signal lights, license/registration plate etc... broke off. They were hanging on to the bike only by the electrical wires. The plastic where you put the inspection/registration rubbed against the tire and made the noise that alerted me. A whole corner of the plastic has been shaved clean off from rubbing against the rear tire... If I had put in the metal plate earlier it most likely have ruined my tire and killed me on I-10 because I was hauling through there as usual...

And that's my story of getting hit by a truck, no kidding.
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Old 11-05-2009, 01:54 PM   #2
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Old 11-05-2009, 01:57 PM   #3
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and you didnt turn around because....? I would have at least gotten registration numbers and all.
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Old 11-05-2009, 01:57 PM   #4
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Old 11-05-2009, 02:00 PM   #5
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sounds like a heck of a pucker moment
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Old 11-05-2009, 02:12 PM   #7
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i was only going 80-85...........lol

glad you lived

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Go faster. If I was going faster I could've avoided all that altogether
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Flashing emergency lights.
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Old 11-05-2009, 02:26 PM   #9
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wow dude quite a story glad you stayed upright. That is a story to tell your grandchildren.
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Old 11-05-2009, 02:45 PM   #11
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Curious why you didn't stop to check out the bike after a noticeable impact? Especially since it was your body?

fwiw - when coming into a potentially hazardous situation (seeing trucks with emergency lights), slow down and cover the front brake - just my .02 and might save your life next time playa!

*****most importantly, glad you are here to tell the tale*****
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Old 11-05-2009, 03:19 PM   #12
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Curious why you didn't stop to check out the bike after a noticeable impact? Especially since it was your body?

fwiw - when coming into a potentially hazardous situation (seeing trucks with emergency lights), slow down and cover the front brake - just my .02 and might save your life next time playa!

*****most importantly, glad you are here to tell the tale*****
I saw the trucks 1 mi ahead. Both on the side of the road, not moving. They weren't moving despite no traffics in either directions for a good while before I get there. They only started turning when I was too close.

I'm full-time brake coverer
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Sounds more like a N-BONE
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I couldn't follow the story.

So, what happened?
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Old 11-05-2009, 03:39 PM   #15
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was with you that day. Glad your ok.
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Old 11-05-2009, 04:38 PM   #16
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yeah thats a puckering moment if i may say so myself
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Old 11-06-2009, 08:02 AM   #17
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Old 11-06-2009, 10:49 PM   #18
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One should always slow when passing vehicles that are stopped on the side of the road. Especially if they have flashing lights. Stupid.
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Old 11-07-2009, 10:44 AM   #19
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i hate 362. especially getting to work at 12 in the morning with fox, deer, cows, rabbits, drunk cowboys in trucks, dirt roads....

oh wait. no i dont. i love 362.
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pucker moment i bet he was stuck to his seat lol...Glad you made it,it could have been a lot worst
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