remixedcat, on 17 November 2012 - 13:37, said:
Back in the day I used to work for a nursing agency doing home care. I was on my way to work that morning and had been in front of a car for three blocks before attempting to make a left at an intersection. 4 way no lights. because there was lots of traffic in both directions on this two lane road I was opting to use the full width of the lane to my advantage in timing the passing traffic to avoid sitting for too long. I put on my left blinker, slowed down, and moved right to roll left in the break. As I was rolling left I got hit on the left side. Yeah I did go wide on the right due to the timing thing. Motorcycles have the full use of the lane, and it is illegal to occupy the same space with the motorcycle. It was an old man and his wife in the car at the time. The man appeared to me to have Parkinson's by his movements and speech patterns. I'd seen enough patient's to recognize it. It was small claims and it was a draw.
I had just picked up my bike from the shop and was headed to nursing school when I was cut off on the highway by a driver causing me to hit the back of her car and do the superman over it. Well above it. I had been going 50-55 in a 45 when she cut me off going approx. 25. She entered the highway from a side road on to an unapproved lane and moved left. I was on the inside lane next to the rail. She didn't stop merging over and was entering my lane. I tried to move left but didn't want to get crushed so I moved right and hit the middle of her rear bumper severely denting the bumper sending me flying up over the roof. Realize we were still moving on the highway so I was in the air over her car but had momentum sending me to the right lane. I rolled on the ground for a distance. When I stopped rolling I looked to see where the car was. She had driven about 60 yards and stopped. The driver's door opened and I saw a woman getting out, a man was getting out of the passengers door. I was taken to the hospital without much questioning from the officers. On the police report was the man was driving. Turns out the woman did not have a license and was not medically fit to drive. So it couldn't have been her. The police stated that it was a man in the driver's seat when they arrived. I still got 80% from their insurance without going to court.
So I got a new motorcycle when I recovered. Well almost new. I actually got four times what I paid for the one in the accident.