Riding into work today, one minute I was accelerating in a line of traffic to make the lights the next I woke up with a few people around me, a Police officer arrived and then I was bundled into an ambulace and spent the day in the Emergency Department getting stitched up and monitored for brain injury.
I don't remember the crash, nor the immediate minutes afterwards, but a car driver who stopped to help told me tonight that I rode past him and then all of a sudden flipped over my handlebars onto the road. Looking at my bike I am still unsure how it happened but a slipped chain, or a broken front mudguard jamming the front wheel, are the most likely candidates. Certainly no other vehicles were involved or to blame.
In hindsight I was VERY lucky. Three stitches over my eye, an impressive black eye, two bruised teeth, some abrasions on my face and left shoulder and concussion. NO broken bones, no spinal injury, and no sign of any brain injury. An absolute miracle that the car behind me didnt run me over. Somehow there isnt a mark on my helmet, so I have no idea how I hit my left temple without the helmet getting a single mark or scratch (and yes the helmet is going in the bin to be replaced with a new one)
I'm extremely grateful to the motorists that stopped to help (and called an Ambulance), the guy that drove my mangled bike home (front wheel is awfully buckled), the Police officer (from the dog squad) who was passing and helped, the two ambos who looked after me (in my dazed and confused state), and all the staff at the RAH who looked after me today.
Amazingly almost nothing hurts, but I'm sure the aches and pain will kick in tomorrow.
Ride safely folks (and maintain your bikes!)