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Well, this is about as minor an accident as you could hope for but I thought I'd add it to the growing list. I pulled up at a stop sign on my way to work this morning and got rear ended by a Toyota Camry. Ouch. My two-month-old Monster went down on the right side and is bloodied but unbowed; bent rear brake pedal, tiny tank ding, cut in the rear tire (from the car's now U-shaped license plate, I think), typical scratches on the exhaust can and bar end. I picked up a painful knot on my right shin that I'm icing as we speak, but am otherwise intact.

In defense of the driver (a woman doctor who was suitably apologetic at hitting me and "such a beautiful red motorcycle"), it's a nasty intersection. The road drops downhill to an acute angle merge with a four laner where you need to look way back over your left shoulder to check for traffic. Not easy in a car, and downright difficult when you're wearing a helmet. Ironically, I usually just roll through there with a quick glance and trust to the bike's acceleration to get me ahead of any more distantly approaching cars. Today for some reason I decided to play it safe and come to a complete a foot-down stop. Bad idea, since Camry Woman was busy looking over her own shoulder. Could have been much worse, obviously. She knocked me ten feet out into the road, so I was lucky there turned out to be nothing coming or I'd have been in real trouble.

Guess the lesson learned is _always_ keep an eye on what's behind you when coming to a stop. I do generally watch the mirrors when pulling up in traffic, but in this case was too focused on making the merge. Anyway, ride safe everyone.
 

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shes a doctor, sue her for pain and suffering!!! As your agent, I will only require a modest payment of 60% for my time and expenses. Better yet, get ALLY to be your law talkin person.
 

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;) Glad you are doing ok and came out with minor damage!
 

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Sorry to hear the misfortunate news. Twice I've had to pull between cars because an approaching driver was too busy talking on their cell phone. Both times the car rear ended the one in front of me.
 

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sorry to hear about your accident. glad you're pretty much OK. go to the doctor anyway to be sure. thank you for the honest evaluation of the accident.
 

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Yes, glad to hear that you're okay.

The first Saturday morning after getting my bike I was taking it real easy in very light traffic. I approached a mid-block crosswalk and saw it's lights on the pavement flashing and a man stepping into it so I slowed to an easy stop. I was sitting there as he crossed when I heard a car locking 'em up behind me. I looked in the mirror and saw smoke bellowing from the front wheel well as I lurched forward to avoid being hit. Fortunately they stopped in time and all was well. I came out with the same lesson as Paul, which they'd taught in the MSF course I'd taken but hadn't fully put into practice: watch thy rear when stopping. Of course that's sometimes hard to do when your attention is required in both places at once. That was a real eye opener for me, so to speak. ;)
 

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shes a doctor, sue her for pain and suffering!!! As your agent, I will only require a modest payment of 60% for my time and expenses. Better yet, get ALLY to be your law talkin person.
I am not nice in court :) I bite...
 
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