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Take care of yourself out there(37 posts)

Take care of yourself out thereAndrew
Oct 20, 2001 10:41 PM
Hello everyone. I don't post here often, but I read the board almost every day. I just got home from a three week stay in the hospital. I was out on a regular 25 mile ride when I was hit by a car. I have damaged ACL and MCL in my right knee. The radius bone in my right arm was split length-wise, and my right wrist was broken in 4 places. My left hand has a fracture as well. Not to mention that my whole right side has serious road rash and I broke 6 teeth. I also suffered a level 2 concussion. The police report only has information from the lady who hit me since I was knocked out at the time. She said that I was in her lane, but the evidence says that she was 100% at falt. I have a fellow cyclist who is also a police officer who is doing a personal investigation to find out what really happened.

My riding season has ended. Sadly it was ended just 5 miles short of my 3000 mile goal for the year. I am not going to let this keep me off the bike. I just want to share this experience and hope that it will peruade at least one person to be safe and wear a helmet. Take care everyone. I will keep you posted on my recovery and return to cycling. Now I just have to figure out what bike I should buy to replace my old bike.

I guess the point of this post is to ask all of you to wear your helmet while you are riding. I would not be here right now if I had not had a helmet on. Please be carefull out there.

Andrew
Have a speedy recovery Andrew(nm)Dave Hickey
Oct 21, 2001 3:09 AM
re: Take care of yourself out therejacques
Oct 21, 2001 3:37 AM
Same here - I wish you a quick and full recovery. Believe me, I always wear my helmet.

Re the person who hit you saying that you were in "her lane": was she traveling toward you, or was she attempting to pass you? If the latter, you had a perfect right to be in "her lane."
thanks!colker
Oct 21, 2001 7:00 AM
i was hit and dragged by a (lady driven!) car. not as seriously as you but was saved from serious head injuries by wearing a helmet. since then i NEVER ride a bike without one.
why can anyone drive such dangerous machines as cars? it's really stupid... cars should be resctricted to people who passed extremely difficult tests, something like a jet pilots exam. why does everyone have to have a car.
thanks!Eames
Oct 21, 2001 8:28 AM
Be careful of the statements you make about cars. Do you own a car? Do you have a license?

I don't want to sound like I'm picking on you. I hear many cyclists complain about cars when they have done stupid things in a car before. It is much like the people who complain of a water shortage and then run the water while shaving.
bloody thoughtsWoof the dog
Oct 21, 2001 8:47 AM
stories like that make me scream bloody murder at the drivers. Right now I am thinking that every inept driver should be shot. I will get over this though. You have to agree that it is a problem in this country that everyone can get behind a wheel and then kill someone. Whenever you want to murder someone, run them over and you can always make the case that it was an accident; thats an oversimplified version I've heard somewhere.

Sincerely,
Woof, the anti-driver dog.

P.S. No, I don't own a car. I don't need it. And so doesn't a fat(?) b!tch who hit Andrew. He should make her f#$%ing sqweal.
rational thoughtscolker
Oct 21, 2001 12:12 PM
lots of people simply can't drive and shouldn't be allowed behind the wheel. cars pollute the environment, kill cyclists and all kinds of people. most of the time you see only one person driving a car, taking lots of road space... cars don't make sense!
license to kill?Tig
Oct 21, 2001 3:10 PM
Whenever I see someone driving any car or something bigger do something that almost kills someone or causes a wreck, I think, "since when did a license to drive become a license to kill?" Many people think that driving is a right, but it's really just a privilege that can be taken away. As cyclist AND drivers, we all see it everyday.
Helmets? The last time I rode without one was when a car hit me in '87. Maybe as a newbie I thought looking like Pedro Delgado was cool? LOL Lost a day of memory with a severe concussion and a week in the hospital (plus some broken bones that required pins). That was the LAST time to ride without a brain bucket!
re: Take care of yourself out thereMJ
Oct 21, 2001 9:10 AM
best of luck - I hope you get back on your bike soon and make a full recovery (physically and mentally)

I also hope you have a good lawyer to deal with the civil claim againt the driver after her criminal conviction - not to be overly litigious - but you owe it to everybody on a bike to crucify the driver

I have a buddy who was hit by a motorist while cycling in Oxford - the motorist left the scene of the accident after making a U-turn to shout that he had seen my friend before pulling out (?!?) - luckily my friend was helped by a witness when he was left bleeding in the street and in need of hospitalisation - the good samaritan also offered to act as a witness in the Police investigation (and got the car's registration number) - after an earlier hearing, the criminal trial continues on 9 November

after the guy has his license taken away (most likely not a custodial sentence unfortunately) I will help my friend make a civil claim against the driver obviously at no cost - the civil claim will be for the sheer pleasure of making the driver pay in every way imaginable under the law for such foolishness and homicidal action/inaction

my friend is no longer willing to cycle (he was a commuter rather than a 'cyclist' - but anybody self powered on two wheels is a cyclist in my book) and is unable to play football, which he did rather poorly, but enjoyed immensely

he wasn't wearing a helmet and could have been much more seriously injured - I'm currently trying to convince someone at work who's just begun commuting 5 miles each way in urban traffic that while helmets may not look cool, they look a lot cooler than eating through a straw for the rest of a rather uneventful life attached to machines

how long until you're back on your bike?
three weeks?!filtersweep
Oct 21, 2001 11:39 AM
I am curious... were you hit from behind? I still can't get over the "she said I was in her lane"- if you were in "her" lane, does that mean she saw you and hit you anyway? Did you hear any brake skids, a horn, anything? Not to be crass, but it sounds pretty inciminating for her to say you were in her lane- I'd pursue a civil suit to at least help you recover loss of income, etc... I'm not the litigous type, but reading something like this is infuriating.

BTW- you might be able to finish that last five miles? I say go for it!
Glad you'll be OK, Andrew. Get well soon (nm).dsc
Oct 21, 2001 12:30 PM
Thanks guys. Here is the update so far.Andrew
Oct 21, 2001 1:28 PM
My police friend visited the scene of the accident this morning. Here is what the evidence suggests. Realize that I don't remember anything about the accident. My friend knows the route that I always take. It is at the bottom of a hill that I usually go down at around 40MPH. At the bottom is a fork in the road. She was coming towards me and turning left when she hit me. She failed to yield to me and floored it trying to turn before I passed. Obviously she did not make it in time. I was not in her lane. In fact I left 39 feet of skid marks in my lane, which happened to be the proper lane for me to be in. It looks like it was 100% her fault. Everytime she tells the story it is different. the only thing that does not change is her claim that I was in her lane. That is proven wrong by the evidence.

Right now it looks like I will be off the bike for a minimum of 10 weeks. My right hand and arm have a total of 16 pins and are completely immobilized. My left hand is suffering from a "Boxing Fracture" and I am allowed to take the splint off for a few hours each day. I have started physical therapy and they have had me on a modified cycling trainer. I have been doing pretty well with it, but they won't let me do more than 10 minutes a day.

As for compensation, I am holding out for awhile. The insurance company called me and offered to settle for hospital bills + replacement value of the bike + $150,000 pain and suffering. I did not expect that much, but I am going to wait and see if they will offer more. I am not going to go after the lady who hit me because she is already mentally crushed by this and she is starting to realize that it was her fault. I might persue legal action if I start to get the impression that she has not learned from her mistake.

Thats about it for now. I am just looking forward to getting back on the bike as soon as possible. My doctors think that there is a chance that I will get those final miles in to reach my 3000 mile goal for the year. That gives me something to reach for.

Thanks for your thoughts. I will keep you posted about my situation. For now I will have to do all of my riding vicariously through you guys for awhile.

Be safe.

Andrew
Impressed by your positive attitudeRich Clark
Oct 21, 2001 2:26 PM
But make sure you dot the i's and cross the t's. I'd retain a lawyer, were I in your shoes, perhaps not to eke the last possible dime out of the situation but simply to make sure I didn't end up getting screwed. (Yeah, I know, your arm has already been screwed, 16 times.)

Insurance companies have entire staffs of lawyers who exist only to pay you as little as possible, regardless of what's fair.

Take care.

RichC
Police reportKerry Irons
Oct 21, 2001 3:26 PM
Hopefully the bogus police report won't influence the outcome of your case, but my own experience is that once they write the report, they refuse to change it, no matter how overwhelmingly wrong you can show them to be. In some cases (yours and several others I am aware of) they just put in the driver's story and let it go at that. I had a cop tell me that he estimated that the car had "12-18 inches" after hitting the cyclist, even though the force of the impact had thrown the rider 10 feet. Simple physics showed that the car could have only been going 4 mph with the brakes full on in order to travel 18", but the cop wasn't interested in that. Further, he never asked the cyclist for their version of the accident and accepted the driver's story that the cyclist turned in front of the car, and so the cop wouldn't issue a ticket. This despite that fact that the bike was on the through street and the car pulled out from a side street! Just a short story to show how poor a police investigation can be. Hope you get better soon.
Police reports that failTig
Oct 22, 2001 7:52 AM
When I got the accident report I was shocked as well. 2 witnesses (1 LBS owner, 1 non-cyclist) told me that I had the right of way crossing with a green light across the intersection. The driver turned left into me while coming towards me but was supposed to yeld to oncoming traffic. The police report drawings reflected that as well, but nothing was mentioned about her failing to yeld and no ticket was given. If I were conscious, you can bet the cop would have known!

My favorite (NOT) was how a driver who hit one of our top US hopeful junior riders and didn't even get a ticket. The driver was impatient to pass the rider while on a short, narrow bridge. He pulled out into the oncoming lane, sees a car coming at him and pulls back, hitting the rider. The poor teen rider ended up losing his leg because of this a-hole in a hurry. The cop decided to let the insurance companies handle it. This was in a little hick industrial town called Baytown. A real armpit!

The driver had no money so a civil suit wasn't filed against him by the kid's family. I feel for the guy to this day, losing his leg and possibly a career in professional cycling.
All will work outTig
Oct 21, 2001 3:28 PM
That's the main thing to remember. You have the law and good evidence on your side. Had something similar happen to me back in '87. Heck, all I got was $12,000 after lawyer got his 33%. I STILL don't remember that day after 14 years! I look back and it ended up being a good thing for the most part. After being all banged up, it inspired me to become extra healthy afterward and to STAY out of hospitals. That drove me to ride more and more, race road, MTB and track (won the Texas cat 4 state track championship of 1990). and most of all, love cycling and good health like never before. You can change a bad event into a positive life change. You seem to have a good attitude. We must first change our attitude from being a victom, to becoming a survivor. Until then, life won't work very well.

The toughest part for me was the occasional feeling like someone was about to pop me in the back of the head with a baseball bat. They call it post tramatic stress syndrome. It faded over the months and I never experienced it after about a year.

Good luck. I know you'll make it through this. Just you wait... you might be able to own a nice C-40 or something! ;o)
Sounds like you're on the right trackmickey-mac
Oct 21, 2001 3:35 PM
$150,000 plus medical expenses and property damage is a pretty good opening offer from an insurance company. Don't get me wrong; I'm not saying your injuries aren't worth that or more. It's just that insurance companies will typically make a low-ball opening offer, especially when the claimant is a cyclist. People aren't usually offered more than they expect when an insurance company makes its initial offer. As long as this woman's insurance company is handling the matter adequately, you have no reason to "go after her," particularly as she seems to understand the significance of what she has done. Take care of yourself and be sure you're aware of the full extent of your injuries before you sign any release from the insurance company.
Bravo! You are a good man.speed-chump
Oct 21, 2001 3:39 PM
"I am not going to go after the lady who hit me because she is already mentally crushed by this and she is starting to realize that it was her fault. I might persue legal action if I start to get the impression that she has not learned from her mistake. "

First my sincere condolences and sympathy.

Secondly, my unlimited respect for not trying to profiteer off of what happened. Not to trivialize your situation, but ultimately what is most important is that this lady realize that she must never do anything like that again. Sueing the insurance company for a gazillion dollars does nothing to ensure that.

No dollar value can buy back your goal for the year, the time you have lost, or make you heal any faster. I admire your restraint and willingness to do the right thing in the face of what happened.

To the legal types out there (Dog?) - In a situation of this nature, is there any way to make the person at fault PERSONALLY suffer for their actions? To me, sueing an insurance company just makes every policy holder of that company suffer a little. The person at fault should suffer A LOT. Is this a naive view? What am I missing? Where's the justice?

Andrew - speedy recovery.
I don't get this attitudemickey-mac
Oct 21, 2001 4:15 PM
Speed-chump says: "In a situation of this nature, is there any way to make the person at fault PERSONALLY suffer for their actions? To me, sueing an insurance company just makes every policy holder of that company suffer a little. The person at fault should suffer A LOT. Is this a naive view? What am I missing? Where's the justice?"

What incentive do you have for making someone suffer for being at fault in an accident? I'd bet that you, a family member, or a friend has been at fault in an accident at some time. Would you want to "suffer A LOT" if you ACCIDENTALLY injured someone? Would you want a friend or family member to "suffer A LOT" if he or she ACCIDENTALLY injured someone in an accident? For most of us, knowing that we injured someone else is punishment in itself. The woman in this case appears to feel this.

Believe it or not, everyone who causes an accident is not evil. Every one of us has had a split-second lapse in concentration that could have caused an accident. Usually, we're lucky and nobody gets hurt. Every now and then, we're not so lucky and someone does. I understand how it feels to be hit by a car on a bike. It has happened to me three times. I never had any desire to make the driver suffer. Be more careful on the road? Yes. Watch more carefully for cyclists? Yes.

Fortunately, our civil justice system isn't designed to make people suffer. It's designed to compensate people for their damages, so a person looking to make another suffer may have to look elsewhere.
Maybe I didn't come across right...speed-chump
Oct 21, 2001 4:38 PM
I'm with you, MM.

I completely agree that in a situation that is truly an accident there is no place for vengeance, getting back at them, or whatever.

If something like this is caused by malice or gross negligence, I feel there is an argument for making that person's pocket book suffer, so that the person responsible is taught a lesson.

Andrew said he felt that the person at fault had learned her lesson, so he wouldn't necesarilly press it further. I applaud him for that. But if she gives the attitude that she hasn't learned anything from it - nail her.

In my opinion, the civil justice system shouldn't be about "compensating people for their damages", it should strive to ensure that damages don't happen in the first place. Sueing insurance companies of negiligent drivers does not significantly impact the negligent driver. Nailing an unapologetic negligent driver directly might save somebodies life by making them consider their actions. But I agree that nailing someone because an accident is not justified.

I think we're on the same page, but it's difficult to come across in cyberspace. "Suffer" without clarification was a poor choice of words.
Got itmickey-mac
Oct 21, 2001 4:51 PM
Sorry I overreacted a bit. Fortunately, almost any at-fault accident will at least some financial repurcussions for a driver, even all of the damages are covered by insurance. The other driver's insurance rates will probably be affected fairly substantially and for a number of years.

If the other driver isn't carrying sufficient insurance, she is likely to suffer personal financial loss. In CA, we have mandatory liability insurance but with an absolutely ridiculous mininum of $15,000 per injury and $30,000 per accident. Many fender-benders result in personal injury damages exceeding $15,000. Drivers who carry these mininums are likely to lose everything they have if involved in a serious accident. Unfortunately many people who carry the mininum liability insurance have nothing to protect and are likely to file bankruptcy, meaning the injured person is going to get hosed: surprise.

In the rare collision that an injured person can make a case for intentional conduct on the part of the driver, punitive damages are a possibility. The problem there is that proving the intent of the driver is almost impossible absent an admission or a passenger in the car who is willing to testify.

I agree with the others who say that we have too many unqualified drivers who have no business on the roads. Unfortunately, little is likely to be done about that in the near future. At least we've gotten more serious about preventink drunk driving in the last 20 years. It's a start.
Thanks guys. Here is the update so far.JohnG
Oct 21, 2001 6:25 PM
Sounds like the IC already knows who's at fault with this thing.

It may sound rather tacky right now but make sure you get pics of yourself and also the skid mark. All of this is potential evidence if the IC starts to screw around.

good luck!!!!
JohnG
Keep in mind...PsyDoc
Oct 22, 2001 3:55 AM
...that any monies you get for medical expenses will first go to the insurance company that originally footed the bill. In other words, you will have to payback the insurance company if your settlement includes medical expenses. But, you can ask your lawyers to "plead" with your insurance company to take less money and sometimes this works. For example, in my case, I had $3500.00 worth of medical bills and the insurance company agreed to a pay-back of only $2200.00. Also, if you are awarded any punitive damages and/or monies for lost pay, then that money is taxable income. Punitive damages are different from compensatory damages, which relate to pain and suffering. I think getting legal representation is a very good idea. The lawyers will take about 25-30% of the settlement (if it does not go to trial), so keep that in mind as you are negotiating a settlement. Because it appears to be a fairly cut-and-dry case, you might be able to negotiate a smaller percentage with the lawyers.
Andrew, I'm with you.Elefantino
Oct 21, 2001 3:51 PM
My season — and almost my life — ended on July 7, when I broke my neck. Rehab is long and seemingly endless, but I — like you— will ride again. I wore a helmet, too. If I hadn't, I wouldn't be typing these words today.

Hang in there. As odd as it seems, we're really the lucky ones.

Ride on,
Mike
re: Take care of yourself out therexxl
Oct 21, 2001 5:17 PM
Sorry about your wreck, and glad to hear you had a helmet on. I refused helmets for years, and only started wearing one because a good friend bought me one. Well, you can imagine what happened; a year after I started wearing the thing, it saved my life. (Not that it really matters, but a woman turned in front of me when I was flying, like 35mph, down a nice long hill, and I went completely over my bike, her car, and hit the pavement head first. I can still remember hitting the ground and thinking that one didn't hardly ever see the street from that angle.)

The person(s) advising you to retain counsel were giving you excellent advice; I sincerely hope that you have done so. I did, and I am convinced my lawyer's contingency (25% before trial, 35% if it gets further -- a fairly common arrangement) was more than offset by his ability to get a good settlement. Obviously, you need to be "made whole," financially, and a good attorney can help. But, your attorney will also be earning his/her fee by handling all the details, consulting on possible subrogation, etc., and generally letting you get on with your life. And, frankly, egos and lawyer jokes aside, most people are not going to negotiate as favorable a settlement for themselves as a reasonably experienced attorney who does this stuff for a living might (and I swear to you, on my mother's grave, that I am not, not have I ever been, an attorney).

Here are a couple of other thoughts to keep in mind, as well as a question for you (and the board). First, do remember that some of your injuries may take time to manifest themselves, and their severity, so don't rush to settle up your claim. You don't want to make a quick cash grab, only to find a year later that you have more serious medical problems than you realized. Second, do all the rehab, everything the doctors recommend, etc., even if it seems as though you're "fine." I tell you, soft-tissue injuries are notoriously unpredictable, and will come and go over time. If nothing else, your medical bills will mount (on paper, anyway), and a common rule-of-thumb insurance companies use to determine a "reasonable" settlement offer for personal injury cases is to take five to seven times your medical bills.

Finally, the questions: When I got hit, I had the weird sense of time distortion one reads about, coupled with oddball thoughts that went through my mind during the "event." I distinctly remember flying over this burgundy Chrysler, and noticing it was a K-car, thinking "I can't believe I'm being taken out by a K-car." Also, the aforementioned thought about the view upon landing. Did you have a similar experience in your situation, or did it happen too quickly? I'm not talking life-flashing-before-your-eyes kind of stuff, just obtuse thoughts that seem to come out of nowhere, know what I mean?

Other readers have anything like this happen to them?
Slow-mo crashesmickey-mac
Oct 21, 2001 5:50 PM
I've experienced that in a couple of accidents. In October 1985, I was hit on the rear wheel by a right-turning car as I was entering an intersection. The collision sent me flying head-over-heels into the intersection. As I was flying through the air, I saw a girl in a yellow VW Bug sitting at a red light. I could make out every detail of her car, including her license plate, and every detail of her face as she was covering her eyes with her hands. All of this must have taken place in a period of just a few seconds at the most. I've had other occurrences where time seemingly slowed during crashes or near misses, but this was the most obvious case.
Ah.... this explains a lot! .......... ;o)JohnG
Oct 21, 2001 6:23 PM
just kidding!
JG
Lights OutPsyDoc
Oct 22, 2001 10:43 AM
My crash was caused by a really pissed-off dog, lab mix, 65lbs or so, who came running out from under a bush at the side of the road. I had no time to react. I remember the front wheel being about 4 inches from the dog's ribs and thinking...this is going to hurt. I never felt the collision; the next thing I knew was that I was lying on my back in the middle of the road with that angry pissed-off dog running toward me barking like he was going to continue his attack. Luckily, the people I was riding with chased him off. Once I got back on the bike about 5.5 weeks later, I was very skittish whenever I would hear any type of rustling coming from the bushes or the leaves on side of the road...damn squirrels. That lasted about 4-6 rides along with brief flashbacks that would send chills through my body.
re: Take care of yourself out thereAndrew
Oct 22, 2001 4:30 PM
I forgot to answer your questions in my other post below. I don't remember anything at all. I just remember waking up and thinking that I had to get home and mow the yard. Obvioulsy the ER people were not going to let that happen.

I am fortunate that I took out an insurance policy through my employment that pays me my full salary in the event that I use up my sick days at work. I will not have to burn a single day of the 2 months of vacation that I have saved up. I will be taking my wife on a nice long vacation once I have recovered. She deserves it for taking care of me as well as she has the past few weeks. I will let her choose the destination. I must say that I am very lucky with the way things have turned out. I am going to be OK, the ladies insurance is covering my hospital expenses, the bike and lots of pain and suffering. I will actually be able to pay off my house and still have money left over, and that is only with the current offer from the insurance company. I will probably end up getting more. It might be a year or so before I get my settlement, but it will come through.

Andrew
re: Take care of yourself out theremorey
Oct 22, 2001 3:26 AM
I was the victim of a hit-run accident in 1992, which resulted in broken bones etc. However, the worst injury I suffered because I was not wearing a helmet, was a head injury. I always wear a helmet!!!!!!!
Also, I started riding as sonn as I could. I was a little fearful at first, but this went away quickly. Heal fast.
real sorry; here's hoping for a complete recoveryET
Oct 22, 2001 5:33 AM
It's hard to even get myself to read your your entire posts, as I'm squeamish just reading about all your ailments.

I recall the words of Dog, who said recently that with proper riding, cycling is not much more dangerous than any other activity. I'm not so sure. We seem to have a rather high incidence of serious not-cyclist's-fault collisions just here on our forum. Unless there's really 3 million readers here, most of whom just post when they get hurt. :-) Please get well; thoughts are with you.
Glad you are okay Andrew. (nm)Delia
Oct 22, 2001 7:48 AM
you call that okay? (nm)ET
Oct 22, 2001 7:52 AM
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Umm...he's alive...healing...working on getting back on the bikeDelia
Oct 22, 2001 8:11 AM
Given the circumstances....yeah....I'd even call that better than OKAY.
Thanks again everyone.Andrew
Oct 22, 2001 4:14 PM
Thank you guys for your support and advice. Instead of replying to every single post I will continue to post my replies as a reply to my original post. It is a major pain to reply to each post when you only have one hand to work with.

The lady who hit me admitted that she was at fault. That means that I will definately be recieving an insurance settlement. The insurance company has offered to settle for the cost of my current medical bills, my bike, and $150,000 in pain and suffering. I am not going to sign it untill I know that I am recovered and will require no more surgury. I have retained a lawyer. She happens to be a cyclist and is offering me free advise. If it goes to court then she has offered to represent me for only 5% of the settlement.

As far as my injuries, I am recovering nicely. The pins will come out of my arm and hand in 3 weeks. My physical therapy went really well today. Right now the doctors say that I may be on the bike again in as little as two months!:) It looks like I am going to be able to get that final 5 miles in after all. I can't wait. Right now it looks like the only permanent injury that I will have from this is a slight loss of mobility in my right wrist.

While I am obviously upset by this accident, I feel no ill will towards the lady who hit me. She has been devistated. She came by to visit me and offered an apology today. She brought me several cycling magazines, and a $200 gift certificate to a bike shop so that I can buy a new helmet and some other accessories. She has clearly learned from this. She told me that she was not going to repair the damage to her car (a 2001 BMW 540i) untill I have ridden my bike once again. I asked her how much damage I did to her car and it was almost $6000!!! I guess my bike and I got in a couple of blows before I was thrown down the street!!

I am not going to let this beat me and I will be on the bike again the very day that my doctors say I can. I am sure that the first few rides will be a little nerve racking, especially when I ride past the scene of the accident, but the mental and physical scars will heal.

I look forward to the day, hopefully about 8 weeks from now, when I can let all of you know that I have ridden again and met my riding goal for the year. Heck, I might just have to shoot for 4,000 miles.:)

Take care,
Andrew
Taking the high ground..........Len J
Oct 23, 2001 3:51 AM
always has positive repercussions. Congratulations.

Glad to hear your therapy went well. If you are anything like me, you will have both highs and lows throughout your recovery. Keep that positive attitude you are exhibiting & you'll be fine.

Thanks for a great example of dealing with adversity with class.

Let us know when you get that 5 miles.

Len
Here's to a complete and speedy recovery!look271
Oct 22, 2001 4:40 PM
I always wear a helmet, too. I was hit by a car 2 yrs ago. Not nearly as bad as you, but if hadn't had my helmet on, I would have sustained serious or fatal head injuries. Take care and God-speed!