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Snowmobile Accident
Neo541

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Msg#: 3287619 posted 8:13 pm on Mar 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

Never been snowmobiling before, so my fiancee and I went on Sunday. Never had so much fun in my life! For about 8 miles.

Bad side, I got into an accident, flew off, hit some trees at about 40MPH. Tore all the ligaments in my ankle, cracked ribs, tore the muscles between the ribs, bruised my lung and kidney, and uh, maybe some other stuff. Luckily I was wearing motorcycling gear, or it would have been worse. Also, two inches off in any direction from where I hit, might have died. Oops! :)

Would be a good time to get some more work done, but between not being able to sit without chest pain, stand without leg pain, and being loopy on meds, hard to concentrate!

Turns out snowmobiling is a dangerous hobby! Who knew?!?

 

Philosopher

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Msg#: 3287619 posted 8:31 pm on Mar 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

WOW...sorry to hear about the accident.

I have to say, I have never really thought about snowmobiles being that dangerous, but now that I think about it...makes sense.

Hope you recover quickly.

vik_c

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Msg#: 3287619 posted 8:34 pm on Mar 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

Very tough on you but you still come across very positive. Get well soon!

Neo541

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Msg#: 3287619 posted 8:35 pm on Mar 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

I knew it was somewhat dangerous, but didn't think too much about it. Sunk in when the Dr that fixed me back up had a brother that died snowmobiling, the CT guy had a son that died doing it, and they see snowmobile accidents every day at that hospital (Bend, OR). Seems like everyone I talked to over there knew someone who had gotten killed or hurt badly on them.

But they're so much fun!

Philosopher

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Msg#: 3287619 posted 8:49 pm on Mar 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

I feel for you....have to tell you about a similar incident to me a while back.

About 4 years ago I decided I was going to get a motorcycle. Took a state sponsored training course...passed no problem.
Took the dl test...passed no problem.

Next day I went to the BMW motorcycle dealer and paid $10k for a beautiful BMW motorcycle...man was it sweet.

Drove it home and loved every second. Highway driving, residential, etc. just had a blast.

Decided I'd go take it out for one more spin before rush hour hit. Got 4 blocks from my house and managed to run it into a curb...not only a curb, but the part of a curb that drops down into a storm drain.

Flew over the handle bars. Shattered every bone in my left wrist and got a compression fracture in my spine.

Those 30 minutes were great, but I'm not sure they were worth the bike and the 6 months of recovery. ;)

My friends put it quite succinctly...spent a weekend at the training, and $10k to learn how to/and be able to wreck a bike!

Ahh..some of us are just meant to drive cars.

As I said...I feel for you.

note to self...stay away from snowmobiles

Neo541

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Msg#: 3287619 posted 9:01 pm on Mar 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

Can't tell me that! I have a 2007 Harley Night Rod Special! That's why i'm hoping the 4-6 weeks is overly cautious, so I can get out and ride some more! :(

LifeinAsia

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Msg#: 3287619 posted 9:38 pm on Mar 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

Hey, register snowmobilinghurts.com, write up your experience, add a forum for others to write their experiences, slap on some AdSense, and bring in some money to help pay the medical bills.

Hmmm, not sure if that's being an eternal optomist or just spending too much time on WW...

BillyS

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Msg#: 3287619 posted 12:50 am on Mar 21, 2007 (gmt 0)

It didn't kill you and now you've got a great elevator story.

Rugles

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Msg#: 3287619 posted 8:32 pm on Mar 21, 2007 (gmt 0)

>>>>I have to say, I have never really thought about snowmobiles being that dangerous

Oh yes they are!

They keep getting faster and faster too.

Its easy to kill yourself on one of those sleds, barbed wire fences hinding under the snow can de-capitate you, falling through ice on a seemingly frozen lake, colliding with a tree at 60 mph and the big problem.... snowmobilers are usually drinking while sledding.

Were you drinking?

Other than that ... they are a blast!

Neo541

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Msg#: 3287619 posted 11:21 pm on Mar 21, 2007 (gmt 0)

No drinking, just a dumb beginner. Looked at my motorcycle helmet today, it's got a chunk missing and is cracked! Never even felt any pain on the noggin', but if i'd been wearing a snowmobile helmet, I would have had my bell rung for sure!

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