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one more f@#)ing accident...weiwentg
Nov 28, 2003 12:25 PM
on Nov 12, I was passing through an intersection on a solo ride. a truck did not see me and turned into the intersection at the same time. he hit me. I do not even remember this, since I had brain damage, in addition to multiple fractures (left tibia, left collarbone again). this is all hearsay. a friend from my cycling club happened to be driving behind me. he ended up helping to save my ass.
I am now out of the hospital. I'm in a wheelchair for a couple of months. my mom is here, and we're in a hotel (I'm an international student, for those who don't know). things are rough. I've already got a lawyer, and the driver's insurance is going to pay what's reasonable. I intend to pull through this. next season won't be quite so spectacular as this one, but the one after that will be a lot better. I busted 3 teeth and need them capped, my bike may be damaged (it sounds like some parts are gone, the frame's intact, but I'll need it inspected), I may have a brain injury and will need to get tested to find out, and I am in a wheelchair for the next 7 weeks. but I intend to pull through this. I have enough friends that I will probably pull through this. just wish me luck!
Read this.......CARBON110
Nov 28, 2003 4:10 PM
Im really sorry to hear that! As for your lawyer and recovery on your bike I can answer ALL your questions since I went through the same thing this spring. Feel free to email me and I will give you my number.

Best Wishes

Jeremy
Read this.......weiwentg
Nov 29, 2003 7:40 AM
Jeremy, mail me at wwng@umich.edu. already got the lawyer, sorting through the insurance slowly, and I expect the settlement to take a while but I will wait. thanks for the offer!
Kerry, at least I won't be thinking of botique wheels for a while, eh? :) (THAT WAS A JOKE!!!!!!!!! DO NOT TAKE SERIOUSLY!)
Oh manKerry Irons
Nov 28, 2003 5:42 PM
At least you didn't break the fibula too - happened to my daughter when some kid pulled out from a stop sign right into her. Had to have a rod inserted and later removed to make sure the leg bone grew back to the same length. Not sure if this will work for you given your injuries, but I was in a wheel chair for 7 weeks and on crutches for 3 more with two broken feet, and I got some volley ball knee pads and crawled up and down the stairs for 40 minutes a day. It really saved my thigh muscles for cycling, plus I am a strong believer that keeping blood flow up is a key to faster recovery. Anything to get your blood moving and get a little workout. It was hard getting back on the bike but 6 weeks of cycling and I was pretty much back to normal. Still have stiffness in my feet, but nothing too serious. Hope you heal fast!

PS - since the clown who hit my daughter was totally at fault and then lied to the police and his insurance company about what happened, I kept the pressure on his insurance company over several months. Repeated comments about how "If I were you, I sure wouldn't want to have your insured giving a deposition or on a witness stand." I never threatened legal action and never engaged a lawyer, but my daughter really suffered a lot through this and I felt she deserved some recompense. It took many months, but she got a very nice settlement from the driver's insurance company. You've had your life screwed up through no fault of yours, and there's nothing wrong with some compensation for what has been done to you!
I know that procedure well...biknben
Nov 29, 2003 1:47 PM
I've suffered a Tib-Fib fracture too. Like you daughter, I had a rod implanted. Five years later, the rod remains but I've had the screws removed. I was able to ride a trainer after two weeks. I was outside after 6 weeks. It was a pretty impressive procedure.
re: one more f@#)ing accident...Woof the dog
Nov 28, 2003 10:11 PM
I wish you fast recovery.

Don't settle anything too quick, thats the word on the street.
hmmm it rhymes!

Woof.
Best wishes...skimoviestar
Nov 28, 2003 11:30 PM
Weiwentg,

Very sorry to hear about your accident. Don't get down. Hang in there and fight the good fight. Last Saturday I broke my left CB for the second time in 3 months. First time was thanks to a car and this most recent time thanks to a bandit rider in long road race. Best wishes to you for a quick and full recovery!
Sorry to hear...Best of luck on the recovery (nm)biknben
Nov 29, 2003 1:37 PM
Best wishes on a full recovery. Keep the attitude... nmAsiago
Nov 30, 2003 7:59 PM
Email Me Immeditatly!!BigLeadOutGuy
Dec 1, 2003 6:12 AM
WeiWentg!!
Thats totally sucks dude..Drop me and email buddy. With what happend to me and my spinal cord compression I know what you are going through i am sure I can help you out in one way or another...either with the mental aspect or the recovery part. I know its tough, as does jeremy. Drop me a line dude!!! joethesurfpunk@aol.com
Sorry WeiwenRockyMountainRacer
Dec 3, 2003 9:30 AM
Man, it doesn't seem like that long ago that you were in a wheelchair the first time either with the broken CB and stuff. But I like your attitude, and you will pull through it with the way you are approaching the situation. Clearly, injuries totally suck. But they say "you never know what is inside a person untill they are squeezed" so just keep taking it day by day and know that you will come out of this a stronger person too. How long untill you will be able to ride the stationary bike?
dunno, at least 5 weeks ;-( (nm)weiwentg
Dec 3, 2003 12:00 PM
The question I have is this -- is it better to stay away frombill
Dec 3, 2003 10:14 AM
you entirely, because you seem to be a magnet for this sh*t, or is it better to ride with you, because you end up hogging all of the injuries for yourself?
Sorry, man. Feel better.
I'm a lawyer and I handle these kinds of cases. My advice -- you hired a lawyer, listen to him.
The question I have is this -- is it better to stay away fromweiwentg
Dec 3, 2003 12:09 PM
haha... usually it's not the people around me getting hurt ;)
I am getting better day by day, though, and I have rehab tomorrow. I will feel better.
re: one more f@#)ing accident...BikeViking
Dec 5, 2003 11:04 AM
Sincerely sorry to hear about your accident...I seem to recal you had an earlier "vehicular dust-up" a couple of years ago? Hope your recovery goes as weel as the last one did...

We'll have to meet over in the Non-Cycling Forum and talk about how much I hate the UN!! :o) I always respected that you and I could be at such oppososite ends of arguments and it NEVER degenerated into a flamefest.

Get well soon

Scott
re: one more f@#)ing accident...weiwentg
Dec 6, 2003 4:10 PM
well, 2 years ago I had only just started riding; I've never been in a vehicular altercation, so you may have remembered someone else. I did bust a collarbone in a race a year ago; that went pretty well, and it looks like this one is going OK.
I don't do the non-cycling forum anymore ... but yes, we kept things at vigorous discussion.
for the next month (orthopaedic surgeon said I can walk after the holidays), it is more my concern that no driver ever does anything similar to a cyclist again than someone's opinion of the UN (although I tend to be pro-UN). I don't really know yet what can be done to ensure this. I do know that both drivers and cyclists have to be educated. if anyone has any ideas?