Jeff rode his first dirt bike when he only was 7, and purchased a Suzuki TC 100 when he was 10. Since then, he has had a Yamaha XT 500, Suzuki Katana 600, Suzuki GSXR-750, Harley Davidson CVO Fat Bob and MV Agusta Brutale. He rides almost every day to work and leisure rides on the weekend. He has had his fair share of crashes and accidents and I will be focusing on how to recover after a motorcycle accident.
His worst crash was when he was racing a GSXR and high- sided the bike coming into the chicane off the track's back straight. It was the end of the day, he was tired and pushing way too hard, came in too hot, and the bike threw him off where he landed on his shoulder. With a smashed collar bone and 6 broken ribs, he rode himself to the hospital – which he looks back now and knows – That sure was stupid!
Jeff’s most recent crash was on a rented Harley when a woman, that was parallel parked, pulled right out in front of him. He slammed into her front quarter panel and went flying over her car. It happened so fast, he didn’t have time to brake, and the only thing he remembers thinking while flipping over her car was “Oh no, not the rental!” He hit the pavement directly on the small of his back and did some damage to the muscles. The driver was very apologetic. The two exchanged insurance information and Jeff went to urgent care to get treated. To make a long story short, her insurance company tried to put some of the blame on Jeff for excessive speed, even though he had just come out of a slow corner, and was on a rented Harley. Jeff had to involve a law firm and get them to fight for him. When Jeff later spoke with his insurance company about it, they said always call the police. So boys and girls, learn from Jeff’s mistake…ALWAYS call the police! There needs to be an accurate account of what happened in order to avoid a he said, she said argument. The insurance company will do everything they can to not pay out, even when it seems totally cut and dry.
Looking back, Jeff always knew it was a possibility he might be hit by a cager. Like most of us, he thought in an incident, he would have time to get out of it, or at least time to do something to lessen the impact. This taught him that is not always the case. Things happen fast on bikes and in cars.
Weeks later, Harley Davidson told Jeff that the bike was totaled because the angle at which the bike hit the car grabbed the front foot peg and tore the frame apart. He was wearing riding boots, full helmet and leather jacket. However, since the hit, Jeff has purchased a back protector and wishes he had been wearing it that day. Jeff still awaits his settlement claim months later. He wants everyone to know to always wear their gear, and in the event of an accident, get as many witnesses as possible and call a motorcycle accident attorney!