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    He was probably texting or screwing around with his phone. I've seen way too much of that on the road and it seems to be getting worse. Anyway, glad you will recover and hope the scumbag does get caught somehow. Personally, I've gone the hi-viz jacket route, extra tail lights, etc. but still worry about these clowns who are not watching the road ahead of them. Get well quickly!
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    Glad to hear you are on the mend but the person that hit you must have a lot of damage on their vehicle, someone somewhere has to do the repair work and that can be traced. I'm shocked the police would not continue to investigate an accident this serious. I would follow up with the local and county LEO and push it further up to the state level if I were in that situation. Good luck!
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    If in town ask to talk to the Police Chief. If in an unincorporated area ask to talk directly with the Sheriff. If on a state road, ask to talk to the State Police, Patrol, whatever name commander. Be nice, but point out this is a serious crime they are trained to pursue.
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    I'm a little confused as the OP first said he was rear-ended after cresting a hill and then in a later post said the road was flat.

    If the first was the case, I was just shaking my head. "This guy, unlike many, realizes cresting a hill is just as blind as any blind corner, so he drops some speed until he see's the road is clear and gets rear-ended by some jerk." Possible solution in that case, if a following vehicle is close or closing, would be to flash your brake lights as you slow down to send the message to somebody who is actually paying some attention to their driving. Hadn't even thought of that before, though I do slow when cresting hills - and a couple times it avoided a possible crash.

    The second scenario - getting hit from behind on level pavement - certainly sounds like "inattentive driver." Not sure what any of us should do, even if we are regularly checking our mirrors. We see a car closing on us and expect he will either slow down or pass. We don'texpect he will run into us. Maybe some quick weaves within our lane while flashing brake lights would be the best response. But we tend to expect reasonable response from following drivers (and get it 99% of the time) so this is not likely to be in our bag of tricks.

    However this crash happened, I'm so sorry it did and I hope you heal quickly.
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    BKCRider -

    I revisited the scene yesterday (first day out of hospital) and the actual road was a long shallow downhill from the crest. Basically the distance between the crest of the hill and the intersection was much longer than I remembered. Here is the scene looking back at the crest of the hill:
    https://maps.google.com/maps?q=airpo...=12,29.64,,0,0
    I was traveling from northeast to southwest.

    Just spent a little quality time with the Hurt Study, conducted in 1981 and still the most comprehensive study of motorcycle accidents to date. Only 3.4% of the accidents involved being hit from the rear. I guess not checking my six frequently enough didn't pay off for me. But as you point out, we expect a reasonable response from drivers. Blasting down the road, rearending someone then failing to render assistance after causing a personal injury accident isn't a reasonable response.

    Sucks to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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    I hope someone saw it and comes forward. Like Paul said, get the police involved NOW. Local TV news stations are good about this as well.

    I bet the idiot in question was texting or on the phone, basically distracted. May be he didn't have insurance or a license and I suppose it's also possible he was under the influence. Whatever the case, he didn't want to stop because he would be in more trouble than a simple accident. Good luck in finding this creep.
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    I can't believe that this wasn't given more attention by someone.

    I don't know if it would make a difference, but i would be screaming bloody murder to someone.

    now as to the visibility question:

    even as a motorcyclist, i can't tell you how many times that i have been behind a bike and thuoght to myself "there just is not enough lighting on the back of that bike". I'm not talking about the itty bitty LED tail lights that some of the rice rockets call taillights... even our very own BMW's.

    For that very reason, my hard bags all have SOLA reflective tape on them, and all of my bikes have auxilliary LED lights on the back. I'm a big fan of SKENE, but there are plenty of others out there that make a big difference. IN fact, i have more than a few times had people stop me and ask what i have added to my bike to make it so visible.

    I was rear-ended once... i don't ever want it to happen again.

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    I, too, am sorry for the bad luck

    To have been hit by a completely heartless a hole.
    A couple good suggestions here- one, to check all the body shops or car repair places in the surrounding 100 miles -possibly a daunting task- to see who came in for front end and undercarriage damages,

    Next, I, too, suggest staying on the local police's radar by constantly calling them and as someone else mentioned, climb up the command chain to the top- if need be.
    The less satisfaction you get from the police, or if your case doesn't get continued attention, step even higher and bug your local representatives, and even judges.

    Next step, call all the local papers, and see if the TV stations run any sort of program where they "ask the public" if they saw or know of anything that might move the case forward. Seek even national TV or network attention if you can.

    I mean, what else do you have going on right now?

    PS- so glad your injuries weren't worse. Heal well- physically AND emotionally AND mentally.
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    Hit & Run

    The right answer is to move on but I can't help but think that the POS that hit you will have no problem doing this again. How someone can walk away from his fellow man in your state -- especially after having caused the injuries -- is beyond me. Have you thought about posting something to Facebook or Twitter with photos of the bike and your injuries asking anyone who sees a vehicle with front end damage to report it? I would also think he's going to have this fixed by his insurance company so why not contact them and body shops in the area to see if you can catch this dirtbag? Sorry, but I have this unrealistic desire for the world to be fair and just.

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    Your story is very frightening. I am glad to hear that you are alright, despite the initial injuries sustained. Hope that the driver had some body work repaired professionally and he can be traced, located and prosecuted.
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    What I've been able to get so far is that it was a dualie pickup. A beast like that can sustain a fair amount of damage before it's not driveable. And it doesn't take much of an impact to total a bike. So I doubt the guy took it to a shop. If he can hit me and leave me in the middle of an intersection he probably doesn't care about getting a little ding fixed.

    The good news is I'm home and walking short distances with a cane (gave up the walker last weekend), I can take deep breaths and even laugh without pain. Still have to sleep on my back, though. Sticking with the PT and it's helping.

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    Two more things

    1. Insurance reps can sometimes be your friend. Many years ago I was heading home after a music gig (in my car, 2:00 am) and following an old station wagon with one tail-light out. Four lane highway in the city. When the SW pulled over to the shoulder, I switched to the left lane. Then he made a U-turn across my bow. Hit him in the left rear quarter panel. Got my car to the shoulder. Guy continued his U-turn, parked on the opposite shoulder, and came over to see if I was OK. I was, but my car was not drivable. "I'll be right back," and he ran across the road, sat in his car for a couple minutes - thinking about his options, I presume - and drove off. Half an hour later a cop came along. Maybe not the brightest cop in the city, as he didn't want to believe my story though there was nothing in the vicinity I could have hit and the fender was rubbing against the tire. Car gets towed to an ICBC lot and I call a friend who picks me up. Next day, the women processing claims are chatting about their cases over lunch. "Hey, I had a guy in with the vehicle you described. Claimed he was the victim of a hit and run." Never found out what happened to the guy, but that accident ending up not costing me a cent.

    2. The moral of my story (not the story of the OP) is that when somebody does something unusual like pulling over to a shoulder, "slow down and get ready." Unusual actions often precede truly stupid actions - like pulling over to the shoulder before making an illegal U-turn across two lanes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BCKRider View Post
    1. Insurance reps can sometimes be your friend. Many years ago I was heading home after a music gig (in my car, 2:00 am) and following an old station wagon with one tail-light out. Four lane highway in the city. When the SW pulled over to the shoulder, I switched to the left lane. Then he made a U-turn across my bow. Hit him in the left rear quarter panel. Got my car to the shoulder. Guy continued his U-turn, parked on the opposite shoulder, and came over to see if I was OK. I was, but my car was not drivable. "I'll be right back," and he ran across the road, sat in his car for a couple minutes - thinking about his options, I presume - and drove off. Half an hour later a cop came along. Maybe not the brightest cop in the city, as he didn't want to believe my story though there was nothing in the vicinity I could have hit and the fender was rubbing against the tire. Car gets towed to an ICBC lot and I call a friend who picks me up. Next day, the women processing claims are chatting about their cases over lunch. "Hey, I had a guy in with the vehicle you described. Claimed he was the victim of a hit and run." Never found out what happened to the guy, but that accident ending up not costing me a cent.

    2. The moral of my story (not the story of the OP) is that when somebody does something unusual like pulling over to a shoulder, "slow down and get ready." Unusual actions often precede truly stupid actions - like pulling over to the shoulder before making an illegal U-turn across two lanes.
    And I will add that in today's day and age, get your cell phone out and take a picture of his car/person, if you can. Same if you witness it.
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