An almost life changing early sunday morning motorbike ride
|Bell Full face helmet saved my face!|
While riding from Khon Kaen on route 12 in direction of Chompae I passed a intersection and was ahead of the cars and scooters. Yes, I did speed up a bit but slowed down quickly again also. After a few km I saw a scooter coming from the left going to the left shoulder of the road. No u-turn in sight. But the scooter did go to the left lane where I was riding. So I used my horn and lights and moved to the right lane. But the scooter did go to the right also crossing my path. I did not want to go all the way to the right and being forced to collide with the cement road-divider. I remember that I realized that colliding was unpreventable and I remember that I heard the sound of impact. The scooter did hit me at the left side, halve way my motorbike. Although it is weird because there is no damage whatsoever on the left side of my motorbike. In hindsight something from the scooter did probably get entangled with my jacket. I also remember myself flying in the air and rolling over the road looking behind for cars. Lucky no cars! And looking in front to my motorbike skidding on the road. Lucky my motorbike did not flip over like I did.
|Spidi leather saved my torso mostly!|
Within a few minutes people stopped, a security guard took care of traffic and called emergency service. About 20 min later I was in a real ambulance on my way to KK Ram Hospital. In the meanwhile I had noticed I could move my right arm much too easy. After a X-ray it was sure "Head of humerus broken in 4 pieces". I was offered a few options and a few days to think about it. For updates about the aftermath of my broken shoulder see Fixing my broken shoulder
|Left side shoulder torn open, with just a bit of bruising|
|torn out pocket. Close your pockets while riding!|
And of course a big thank to Expatriate Healthcare Insurance and their local representative of Eurocross. Great and fast service! Thank you guys & girls! I am now in the process of a 3 to 6 months painfully "post operative physical training" to make my shoulder work again like it was before.
- NEVER, never ride without a good full face helmet!!!!!!!
- Always wear good gloves, jacket and shoes.
- Have a good insurance!
- Always have a card with emergency telephone numbers with you!
- Wasted helmet & leather jacket
- Damaged motorbike (although only minor to mostly fairing)
- Broken phone
- Hospital bill for 7 days + surgery
- Physiotherapy for the next 8 months
- Many taxi trips to hospital in BKK
- Flying to/from KK/ BKK a few times
- Staying 1 month in BKK for medical care
Although I think I am not at fault I did choose a settlement where we are both considered riding careless. I could have gone to court but that would take months or years. And the other party had no insurance and probably no money. So going to court would result in the same. The damage to the motorbike looks only plastic to me and was fixed within 2 weeks. But the recovering of my broken shoulder has now taken almost 3 months and will take at least a few other months. And 100% recovery is very unlikely.
Update October 2018 : My shoulder is OK but it will never be 100% the same as before. Sometimes stiff and still needs daily training.