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Goodbye to biking and an "F you" to entitled drivers

Dopplegarp

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So at the end of May I was travelling on my bike and was T-boned by a 20 year old who ran a stop street and turn only lane, and raced across 4 lanes to smash into my side. Driver was in a brand new 2019 Jag (1.2 mill) that daddy had bought for her (or perhaps was just a spare car). She left me bleeding out on the side of the road with a partially severed leg (& broken shoulder, hands etc) while she refused to get out the car and just called her parents. Eye witnesses travelling behind me (Thank goodness for them) were the ones who stopped and saved my life, called the ambulance and police. stopped people from robbing me and secured my belongings. When the drivers mommy (BMW SUV) and daddy (Porsche) did arrive he simply gave my distraught wife (who has by then arrived at the scene) his business card saying, "we're insured". As far as he was concerned his daughter might as well have hit a stray dog. More enraging stuff was to follow, but it's not worth the energy ranting about it. Will probably never be able to bike again.
<End of depressing rant>

<Start of positive stuff>
No brain, neck or spinal trauma. Ambulance arrived fast and stabilised me. Trauma staff saved my life and my leg. Doctors and nurses all along the way continued to do amazing work in helping and healing. I am now in rehab and doing well. Leg is in an exo-fix (what a hassle) but is still attached to me. Rehab has given me a day and night pass to go home (What dream, going back to normal for a day, and to sit in front of my PC) and then back to the rehab ward for another 3 weeks.

Stay safe on the roads, Carbies. Much love.
 

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Glad you are on the road to better days man

A license to drive shouldn't be handed out so freely, especially with how the recently legal part of the younger generation goes about things. No idea what they are doing...
 

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Sorry to hear about your accident. Thank goodness you're alive and have all your appendages. As much as I wanted a bike I realised that I'd inevitably end up in a wheelchair due to my back op or dead, bikes are a small sacrifice. Good luck on your rehab stuff.
 

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Glad to hear you made it, bud.

Any chance you lawyered up so you can go after them? They have insurance, so surely you can claim that way?
 

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Sheesh dude, sorry to hear about that. Glad all the positive stuff went the way it did. Stay strong through the rehab, get back on your feet, and then decide on your future with bikes.

Look up Joey Evans. I met him on Friday and his strongest piece of advice was to focus on the positive. Always. Focus. On. The. Positive.
Drop me a PM if you're feeling down. It's easy to be cynical and angry in times like this - just talking to someone can make all the difference.
 

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F you to an entitled anyone really who acts like that in any situation, not just one where they are almost guilty of manslaughter. So sorry to hear man, glad to to hear though that recovery is going well and everything should be fixable to workable levels.
 

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Happy you're recovering so well and a positive attitude. Keep going 💪
 

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Glad you're doing ok.

Hope you went to SAPS and opened a case against her for : 1) Reckless/Negligent driving and 2)failing to render assistance to an injured person in contravention of s 61(1) (c) of the Road traffic Act.

Also go the Civil route and claim for medical expenses/ pain & suffering / future loss of income.

Also claim from Road accident fund.

Best will be to go see a lawyer.

Good Luck and speedy recovery !
 

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The proper f u to those drivers isn't to give up biking, but to rather get back on a bike when you're well again. Good luck with the recovery.
 

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The proper f u to those drivers isn't to give up biking, but to rather get back on a bike when you're well again. Good luck with the recovery.
Umm...I'm thinking that whilst recovery is going well and it sounds like it should be near 100% I don't think it will be near enough to actually do everything he could before, like biking.
At least to me it doesn't sound as if that part of it was a choice.
 

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Judging the way how her parents acted, I bet you its not the first time she has dome something like this. Might be a regular occurrence for all you know.

Best wishes and hope you a speedy recovery.
 

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Thanks for all the positive replies and well wishes gents, it is much appreciated and uplifting!
 

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Man while it sucks to read this story, the only good that came out of it is that you are still here to tell the story.

I hope you make a full and speedy recovery!


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Umm...I'm thinking that whilst recovery is going well and it sounds like it should be near 100% I don't think it will be near enough to actually do everything he could before, like biking.
At least to me it doesn't sound as if that part of it was a choice.
Yeah, unfortunately its not really a choice. I might get up to 90% functionality back to the leg (fingers crossed), but there is a good chance there will be a lot less, especially with tendon and ligament damage (The achilles tendon got torn in half, along with basically everything else). That aside, my wife and family have begged me to hang the ol' helmet up for good, and after the emotional trauma they have been through with this incident, I would do as they have asked.
 

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Sue them ... open a case of attempted murder. And don't forget to claim from the RAF

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Hey dude, really sorry to read about this terrible thing, it sounds like you've been through hell. It's great that you're already looking at the positives, so it seems you've got the right attitude to take you on to bigger and better things for the future.

I know you've probably got tons of people sending you advice, but most importantly, make sure you get an advocate to get the most out of RAF for you. They pay out generously for suffering, loss of income due to injury, etc. Pursuing the driver will not net you any financial gain for your injuries, but may be a bonus for you to see some justice served for their despicable treatment of you.

Take care and godspeed on your recovery!
 

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Yeah, unfortunately its not really a choice. I might get up to 90% functionality back to the leg (fingers crossed), but there is a good chance there will be a lot less, especially with tendon and ligament damage (The achilles tendon got torn in half, along with basically everything else). That aside, my wife and family have begged me to hang the ol' helmet up for good, and after the emotional trauma they have been through with this incident, I would do as they have asked.
Sorry to hear about your accident bud, and glad to hear you’re on the road to recovery. I think you make a very good point regarding why you’re not getting back on a bike again. It’s all good and well if you’re physically fit again and if you want to “prove a point”; however some people neglect the emotional trauma you put your loved ones through in the process. There’s no point getting back on the bike somewhere down the line, only to have your wife/family stress for every second of the day after you leave the house.
 

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Sheesh dude. That's horrendous. Glad you came out in one (or more) piece.



My bike only goes on the racetrack. For me personally the risk vs reward for riding on the road was no longer worth it.

Possibly an option for you if biking is in your blood?
 

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