Yes. I have been hit by a motorcycle coming from opposite direction last week and have fractured my left leg ankle. My long experience on the road says it is a very freak accident and something like one that can happen in billion crossings. One reason the people go for car because they consider it safer being inside a box. I still feel the cycling should be encouraged and more awareness about its advantages so that it becomes more safer.
I was taken to my family Doc, Dr KGBhat who summoned a 108 ambulance and sent to Yenapoya Hospital Deralakatte. Dr Aravind who examined me decided to put the left leg in cast for 45 days. So I will confined to my room for next one and half months with minimal walking around the room with help of a walker.
Till the very last moment the motorcyclist was in his side & suddenly took a turn for simply unexplainable reason. He had crossed almost entire width of road before hitting me and in my absence, would have ended up in the ditch. There was no traffic on wide tarroad about 2.5 km from my home.
My left leg locked in and pedals took major impact. The pedals have been split open and trike cross beam is broken. One chainring also seem to have been bent. I have not examined properly and trike frame will need both straitening and welding. Hope I can get it repaired.
I have spent considerable part of my savings in getting this trike and this is a major loss to me. Past four months I was going everywhere in trike or bus and have stopped driving totally. It was not insured as insurance people normally play by books. I hoped I can get part of repairing expenses from that guy but most of the gathered people were not supporting me. I was not in mood for long fight and decided not to file FIR also.
I was confined to bed for four months after crashing hangglider and just twenty days to go for 20th (re)birthday. Then I used walker to learn walking again and now is using walker for minimum walks within my room.
I am sad that it happens when I relieved of farm and family commitments and had decided to put more effort for cycling cause. It is good for health, saves us from pollution and spending foreign exchange on buying oil. When it comes to manufacturing it is still as if
India manufactures only Ambassador and Fiat. This
year finance minister imposes heavy taxation on cycles and
if I get my trike today it will cost Rupees 80,000 extra as USD has become expensive
and taxes doubled.