I had a motorcycle accident on the way to work today, about a block from my house. This time it was actually at speed. I turned the corner from 3rd Street onto Jackson, and just as I was finishing the turn someone pulled out of a parallel parking space right in front of me. I narrowly avoided hitting him, but in the process of doing so went sliding down the street.
I immediately jumped up and flagged the car down; he stopped.
There were witnesses. Between the witnesses and the guy who pulled out, the bike was righted and moved to the side of the road. I got a witness phone number and exchanged information with him. He felt really horrible about it.
I'm mostly OK. My left knee is scraped up (through pants, and the pants are OK.) I have a bruise on my left hand from where I hit the ground. I have a tiny headache, and I'm a little bit sore. I do know that my head hit the pavement and slid a little bit, and the marks on the helmet back this up. It's all on the face shield, too-- thank god for full-face helmets. I suspect I'll be sore later.
The bike? I probably could have ridden it home, except that the shifter and left footpeg are broken off. There's a pretty decent amount of plastic damage on the left side, and I'm sure it will all be covered by insurance. I'll take better pictures when Steven comes this afternoon to tow it to the shop.
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