Got rear ended today
Going down the middle lane of a 3 lane limited access highway (NYC's FDR) I got rear ended today doing 40-45. The two cars directly in front of me in my lane suddenly slowed way down for no apparent reason. I hit the brakes too and was about 3/4 of the way through saying, "Whew!" when I heard the sound of metal crunching on metal. The guy behind me just plowed right into me. We were still all moving and I didn't go down but my rear fender and taillight assembly became an exploding diagram of themselves.
The fender folded up under itself (I've never seen that before) and the rear wheel must have taken a lot of the impact. Parts of my frame are definitely warped and my seat will no longer fit on the frame. The left side frame tube under the seat has moved maybe a 1/4 or 3/8 of an inch forward. I notice the battery box and everything under the seat are now canted forward as well. It's all subtle but nothing looks right or fits like it used to anymore.
On the bright side there was a Highway 1 cruiser a few cars behind us and while the officer said he didn't see the actual impact he did keep the guy from doing a runner. The amount of damage to the car that hit me was pretty significant too. His bumper was hanging from the quarter panel and his headlight/turnsignal module was completely smashed. The impact marks on the car bumper line up with the steering wheel on the driver side of the car so I was literally smack dab in front of him when he hit me. I must have been perfectly perpendicular to his bumper in order to not have had my ass end knocked out from under me.
At first I thought this was a good excuse to go with a fender elimination kit, but with the frame warped I worried that insurance will total my bike. Anybody have any thoughts on that?
The "Earth" without "art" is just... "Eh"
Last edited by boudiepitbull; 11-23-2012 at 10:14 PM.