My brother in-law is extremely lucky to be alive today...
Posted 03 July 2012 - 09:06 PM
I guess what happened was that a deer jumped out in front of him, then tried to jump over the motorcycle and kicked him in the head in the process. With Arkansas not having a helmet law, he was not wearing one. He was thrown from his bike and into a ditch hitting his head a few times.
After a few frantic phone calls with the wife and family, we found that he is going to be fine (all things considered). The CT and MRI both came back negative for fluid on the brain, or any abnormal brain functions (as of right now). He broke 4 or 5 of the bones in his face, and will have to go through a few re-constructive surgeries to get everything fixed. He also got a few teeth knocked out and broke his jaw (and will need another surgery for that). One really crazy thing is that he never lost consciousnesses, and was coherent enough to be able to tell the medics his wife's cell number. Isn't adrenaline an amazing hormone?
Will be going out to the patio tonight and smoking a good one. Things like this just make you realize how fast someone you really care about can be gone in an instant.
Posted 03 July 2012 - 09:09 PM
Posted 03 July 2012 - 09:15 PM
Posted 03 July 2012 - 09:23 PM
The thing with deer is, you can never tell what they are going to do. I have heard of them running into 4 wheeled vehicles but never a MC.
You are right as well about your life changing in an instant.
Posted 03 July 2012 - 09:28 PM
My sincerest condolences, and wishes for speedy recovery.
I've hit a deer with my car at 85pmh, but I couldn't imagine hitting it with a motorcycle.
Posted 03 July 2012 - 11:53 PM
Posted 04 July 2012 - 12:50 PM
Posted 04 July 2012 - 03:56 PM
Posted 04 July 2012 - 10:00 PM
A quick update...
His jaw was wired shut, so he doesn't do any more damage to it. Some of the swelling in his face has gone down. The nurses got him up and tried to help him walk. but it looks like he might have a broken foot since he had a pretty big limp and was in pain with the one foot.
Another CT and MRI today still came up negative for head/brain trauma.
We haven't talked to him yet, as the smallest thing causes him to get really tired. Hopefully we will be able to talk to him tomorrow.
He will be going into the first round of surgery on the 9th, we aren't sure what it's for yet though. We are thinking it will be for the plate in his cheek.
Update on the accident:
He saw one deer on the road and downshifted to slow enough for it to clear, then a second deer (the one that caused the accident) jumped out from the wooded area and tried to jump the bike. He was only going about 40 (speed limit was 50) when he came in contact with the deer. His wife was following a few cars behind him and saw the whole thing happen.
Posted 05 July 2012 - 10:42 AM
Posted 06 July 2012 - 02:09 AM
Something about Arkansas, motorcycles and deer... I hit a deer on my motorcycle in Arkansas in 2006.
Posted 06 July 2012 - 10:37 AM
Posted 06 July 2012 - 04:13 PM
He has been catching some hell from everyone he talks to about not wearing a helmet. I think he is going to be getting one when insurance replaces his bike. I on the other hand, have been telling him that he needs to quit the evil knievel crap when he is riding, there is no reason to hurt innocent deer. He has a pretty good laugh at it, since everyone else is so serious about it, he likes having some humor in the mix.
Posted 06 July 2012 - 07:21 PM
Sadistic Bastid. Laughing must hurt like hell.
Yeah it probably does, but I have only made him laugh twice. I don't want him in more pain than he needs to be.
Posted 09 July 2012 - 01:22 PM
Posted 09 July 2012 - 02:00 PM
I hope your BIL has a speedy and complete recovery.
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