calimero wrote:Holly crap! I can not imagine what are you going thorough!
The funny thing, I suppose, is that all throuhout my life, people have said to me, "BLAH BLAH, do you know what I mean?" and I have always said that I do understand, and sure enough, I meant it 95% of the time, just to be polite.
Now, I am a member of NABD ( National Association for Bikers with a Disability ) and at first, this was purely to show my support for the fellow bikers who need to have their ride customized to help them remain bikers after an accident, or maybe they simply want to be a biker, but are physically limited, and I talked to so many of those people at the NABD rally and when asked, I would say "Yes, I do know what you mean" etc.
The simple fact is, that for all those years, the reality is no... I did not have a single clue what they have gone through. No one can possibly know until you actually go through something similar yourself.
I also promised my family, that I will never ride a bike again. When the doctors are tellign you, that you will NEVER walk again, its an easy thiung to say, because you cant, even if you wanted to. Things have changed however... I have worked and worked my ass off to get myself back into a life that I had, and while I have still got huge barriers in my way, I am still out of my wheelchair and ok, Im struggling at times, I think, now that winter is approaching, I think I am feeling it more, because I have struggled the last few weeks a little, but the simple fact is, that I have bought myself a Harley and its now modified and it has 3 wheels not 2, its also a bigger object on the road, and so it should be seen a lot better than if it was jus ta bike ( Although there are NEVER any guarantees are there ), so my promise that I gave to the family, I have broken. But as I said, I meant every word when I said that I will never get on a bike again, but its bloody difficult to stick to it, when you know that getting back onto the bikes, is a huge hurdle that you absolutely need to get over.... Just like falling of a horse, you get back on dont you?
calimero wrote:If I can ask you personal question? You are from USA? Can I ask you who paid for you accident? Accident was fault of other driver? So he pay you (for hospital and more...)?
No, I am in the UK. The insurance paid out because the accident was absolutely the other drivers fault. The arguement was NEVER in question, but they were of course trying to lower the amount of blame, by claiming all kinds of stupid rubbish, such as I was speeding, but the forensics put my speed at between 45 and 65 and the road was a 60, so they were arguing that it was 65 of course, but there was load of other stuff that they said throughout the entire thing...
I know that one of the guys said that I was doing at least 100, but at that speed, the bike would have been screaming so how come he did not hear the bike? Then they said that I had no lights on, but its an import and it wont run without lights, so how come they didnt see me either?
It was on a 1.4 Mile stretch, and the police had done all kinds ofspeed tests along that road, and they did from 30 to 160 ( My bikes max speed ) along that stretch to see how long I was visible for, and even at 160mph, they could see me for something like 35 seconds or whatever ?. Im wrong on the actual figures, but they had no excuses is what I mean.
Now, the payout I got was a combination of the loss of earnings in my job, but these losses dont cover me until I retire, or my pension either, but they do cover me for the next 16 years... That makes me sick to be honest, plus person hassle and pain and suffering etc.
Now, I am hoping that I get well enough to work, and you bet that right now, there are loads of things that I can do, but its whether I can get them jobs around here, and theyt are simply not available, but Im working with a careers adviser who is trying to help see what employment I can do, and so I hope to be back in work in the not too distant future.
The payout I did get however was more than acceptable. The barrister who argued for me, did a splendid job. Its got me a massive house with a huge garden front and back, and I have bought myself a couple of cars, and a Harley Davidson Trike, While I was unable to drive, I have a great friend, who I have given him a nice cheque for £10K, plus I have bought him both a Motorbike ( Honda CB750 ) and he loves LandRovers, so I also bought him a Landrover Discovery. I gave my mum £50K, my brother and sister both £25K and my kids all have everythign they could possibly ask for, iphone 7s xboxes PS4 and I also bought my wife a new Vaccuum cleaner and rubber gloves ( So she knows where she stands in this LOL ) plus, if I look after the rest of my money, I will have a comfortable life, and if I die early, then I have plenty to leave the wife and kids.
calimero wrote:Regarding your website: I always wonder what will happened to my website when I die.
Unless its actually removed and fully closed off, Iguess it just stays there ad infinitum?
Maybe if the traffic is monitored, then the hosts will see that its not being used and will contact the person who set it up and if they hear nothing, then maybe they will close it down then?
I have not used mine for absolutely ages, but just this morning, I was talking to a friend about my brothers business, when I used to do his websites for him, and I went to enter his website into google and instead of his current website coming up, one of the tets sites came up instead and so I had a good laugh about that, because I only knocked it up to show my brother and ask him if he liked how it was going... I thought I removed it once we had a format he liked, so even temporary sites must be kept somewhere?
Im not sure if I should, but I did a search for "NORTH WALES CASES" and if you try that, maybe you will see the old site, maybe a newer one, I dont know?