Freak accident, Neck clotheslined by falling cable (bare cable)
Friday June 29, 2012 8:45pm I was riding on the nearby 4 lane at 70mph. Just cruising along looking straight ahead, no other vehicles around when I see the flash of a bare aluminum braided power cable coming down, me headed straight for it. No time to blink or react. It caught me right on the front of my neck and yanked me off of the back of my bike. As far as I remember, I backflipped off of my bike, landed on my left shoulder HARD, and my right knee. I flipped over again, and slid on my back for what felt like forever. Finally came to a stop, I jumped up to my feet to see my 2007 GSXR 750 still on two wheels riding away. It veered left and bumped into the concrete wall about half mile away. I started walking towards it, made it about 20 steps and couldn't take it anymore. The adrenaline was wearing off and the pain was setting in. I flagged down a passing couple, and they sped me off to the ER. The lady who picked me up was very friendly and very quick on her feet.
I was wearing my helmet, leather jacket, and leather gloves....unfortunately blue jeans. I was just riding a couple of miles to the nearby Wal-Mart so I just didn't bother to put on my leather pants. Stupid I know, but my blue jeans held up well considering the stress.
I got a very deep quarter sized piece of flesh missing from the inside of my right knee, a small piece of bone broken in left shoulder, torn muscle, and torn tendon in left shoulder also. My neck is very bruised and scraped up from the cable. No other road rash or serious injuries.
My Alpinestars jacket clearly has rash on the left shoulder part, some on the back, the arms, and some around the neck collar from the cable. My gloves are wore down VERY thin with some holes, but not a single scratch on my hands or torso. I thank God for the padded + reinforced jacket shoulders, or else my shoulder most definitely would have shattered.
Oouuuuucchhhh!!! I cringed looking at those pictures. That is definitely a freak accident but I'm happy that you're the one posting this and not someone else because you couldn't. Heal up quick. What are your plans as far as getting back on two wheels?
Wow. Glad you are alright. I had a similar instance where they were putting up new power lines and raised a line as another one dropped, the one that was dropping came down and hit my helmet as I was coming around a corner. I got lucky and it didn't get under my chin and catch me. Where did the cable come from? just fell from the poles?
If they total out my bike, I won't be back on two wheels for a little while, not because I'm scared of riding, but because I don't want any more bike payments for a little while. I had full coverage, and my insurance is covering it under Comprehensive - Act of God.
We had a summer storm here about 3 hours prior to my accident. By the time I got on my bike the roads were dry and clear, the sky was clear, no wind, so I figured it would be okay to ride. I'm assuming that the cables mount must have been weakened somehow during the storm, and finally gave out and broke just as I was about to pass underneath it.
I called the power company, they claimed that the cable didn't belong to them. I tried the cable company, they left me on hold for 25 minutes before I finally hung up, and finally tried the phone company. They didn't answer, and didn't call me back.
I really would like to get an attorney, but funds are very tight now since I've been out of work. I can't be on my feet for more than 20 minutes or so, and my medication makes me very fatigued. I already missed one week of work, they will fire me + find a replacement if I'm unable to return very soon.
I can't even get a police report, I called the sheriff's dept and asked them if my report was ready yet. They said nope won't be ready until Monday and hung up on me. They didn't even ask my name, phone number, nothing.
Tell your story to a lawyer, they will listen for free. If you have a case they can take their cost out of the winnings. You have a police report they will get it for you, they will do the work for you. T
The dealership where I work is very greedy and selfish. They won't necessarily 'fire' me, but they will lay me off due to 'budget cuts', or 'do away with my job position'. I've seen them do it to other employee's, and I'm no one special.
Man i am so sorry about that freak accident get a lawyer asap he will get paid if you get paid its that simple you have a strong case against the city you do not know anything for sure until you ask some questions so call a lawyer asap and take it from there
Sorry to see you got taken out by a falling wire. It makes me cringe because even if you're wearing full gear, the neck is still a weak spot and usually unprotected if something gets underneath the helmet.
Heal up soon and don't worry about the bike. Have the lawyer do the work for you because you should be focused on healing.
Wow that is scary. Are you going to sue the city for damages and injuries??
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All cables on the poles are mapped and recorded. Make sure to have someone go to the scene to document the poles. There's a tag on every pole with numbers and codes. Have them take a picture of it. Looks like everyone is going to try to deny responsibility.
Find a good attorney. You must be compensated, they can afford it.
Incredible... When I was a kid, a jockey was exercising one of our race horses in the field when the reigns broke and the horse started running away with him. The horse ended up closelining itself on a support wire for a telephone pole. It slit it's throat 2/3 of the way through and the jockey had neck and back injuries. We were able to save the horse (after about 6 hours stiching him back up) and the jockey ended up being alright, but neither was able to race again.
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