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After 30 minute commute from work and already in my neighborhood I had laid my 2013 C50 down only weeks after purchasing from the dealer. At the end of the street I was making a right turn onto Yale when a driver not paying attention because he was texting made a sharp left turn onto Wapoma cutting into the right side of the road right in front of me. I countersteered to avoid hitting him and lose traction in the rear tire from a puddle in the gutter.

The guy looked up and just realized what happened. The guy said his wife was nagging at him through text and he was texting back as he cut in front of me. I joked with him that his wife has something else to nag him about and he better get some flowers because he will be in the dog house when his wife finds out.

He helped me pick up the C50 and assessed the damage. The damage are some scratches to the exhaust, air filter cleaner cover, right barend, and right floorboard. Then a bent rear brake pedal. He gave me his business card for the collision repair shop he works at and offered to help fix the damage at his cost.
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glad to read you weren't hurt...hope the repairs go well. You handled it better than i would have with someone texting...take care.

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So glad you are not hurt..fancy that, he works in a repair shop. The least he can do is fix it for free, that way his insurance doesn't go up.

I can head East or West, it doesn't matter as long as it's on 2 wheels.
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Glad you're OK and it seems like the guy was only stupid and not a jerk to boot.

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Glad you weren't hurt. Bikes can be repaired.

Inattentive drivers are a real hazard.

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Im sorry I probably went off on the guy. My co-worker was killed while doing his route because some little girl was texting and clip his mail truck and landed on him. She just got probation but my co-worker isn't here anymore.


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What a moron - blames his wife....
Glad you're OK, sorry for the damage. The guy should repair the bike for free or face the ticket plus raised insurance rates. YOU'RE doing HIM a favor by not reporting the accident.

It's inattentive drivers like him that kill more motorcyclists each year than I care to think about - sounds like driving in your own neighborhood will be the most dangerous part of your day. Stay safe.


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First off glad you are OK. But, this is where Insurance is unclear to me. I know the guy offered to fix your bike at his collision center at his cost. But since it didn't get reported to the police or the insurance companies, is there anything holding him to that?

I just don't know, I feel like I'd want to cover my ass and at least talk with my insurance company if it were me.

Maybe someone else can chime in if they have a better understanding for a scenario like this?

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I would never let the guy off like that. He ought to have his ass handed to him for texting while driving. You weren't hurt, that's good, you could have been killed.

Now what happens if you get into repairs and discover a damaged frame. The bike is totalled. Is he going to be a "nice guy" and help you buy a new bike ?




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