LEARN FROM SOMONE THAT ALOMST DIED IN A MOTORBIKE ACCIDENT IN BALI -AUG 2017 .
I have a business that buys from Indonesia and I visit Bali 2 to 3 times a year from the UK.
.In august 2017 I was unlucky enough to be hit head on by a small truck that didn't look before it swerved across my lane from the other direction to take a right turn, it happened about 4 minutes from Seminyak on a main road .. I think they hit me at about 30mph, and I was probably doing 25 .. I was sure I would be killed. I knew I was going to hit the truck head first, and it was probably going to be a neck breaker .
It didn't happen in slow motion, there were no bright lights, all i remember is seeing the truck, shouting NO and then hearing the noise of my body hitting the the truck before blacking out .
Somehow, by pure luck, I survived & woke up in the middle of the road.
To give you a taste of the kind of injuries you can get from this kind of accident, which in relative terms would be a slow speed incident on a motorbike . :
I was blind in my right eye, probably from the ferocity of the hit to my head, i was concerned that I might have a bleed on my brain or perhaps something had gone through my eyeball itself, my vision was just black . I had broken my right cheekbone and my nose , and my left forearm bone had gone through my upper arm, and parts had also gone through the back of my elbow. My wrist was 180 degrees rotated and badly broken / dislocated . I had a tear to my right nostril, and a piece of glass had gone through my upper cheek to the bone . I also had a shard of metal that had punctured my back to the left of the base of my spine . The surgeon said 1-2mm to the right and my spinal cord would have been severed perfectly . I had lots of glass lacerations to my legs and arms , and a large hole to the bone in my right leg below the knee -
It was horrendous...a truly horrible experience ..
I travel alone on business, so I had no one to call. if i had remained unconscious i dread to think what would have happened to me, where i would have been taken or even if I would have received any help . I WAS insured and checked that i could ride a bike, but if you are unconscious no one knows who you are or if you have insurance -( I NOW WEAR A MEDICAL ID WRISTBAND WHEN I AM THERE )
but the INSURANCE company still took 14 hours to agree to pay for ANY treatment , despite knowing I had open fractures. My real worry was blood poisoning , my cuts were full of road grit and who knows what else.- I sat in a hospital entrance for the entire time, slowly gathering a pool of blood at my feet- During that time i had no pain relief and no help - I rang my insurers on the hour every hour and still they tried to find reasons not to pay .There is also no ambulance service in Bali, so you get your self to hospital or die at the scene - you won't get any professional help at the scene at all. ( I was pulled across the road by locals, who removed my split helmet and poured water over my face. i remember been stood up twice and passing out both times - I will say that everyone who was there seemed to be trying to help with the best of intentions - I also had a large amount of cash under my motorbike seat as I was off to pay a deposit on a shipping order , it was over 10 million - the bike was obliterated in the crash and all my possessions were across the road - a Balinese gentleman came over with my money and put it in my pocket and told me to keep it safe .( Balinese people are in general so kind and warm hearted )
If you read this, then take one thing away from it -
WEAR A CRASH HELMET, AND DO IT UP.
IF THE HELMET THEY GIVE YOU IS RUBBISH- MOST OF THEM ARE VERY POOR QUALITY - GO TO A HELMET SHOP AND BUY A NEW ONE THAT FITS PROPERLY AND DOES UP EASILY AND QUICKLY. .
I take a UK kite marked helmet with me, and was wearing a brand new one when this happened. I also ride a large motorbike in the UK and know to ride defensively and be aware of the dangers. The accident was 100% the other parties fault.
The number of pretty surfer girls riding along with their hair blowing in the wind is really scary - whilst i was in hospital a girl came in after hitting a kerb head first when she came off the moped - she died in the reception of the hospital - I was at the hospital for 6 days after surgery, during that time a man from the EU had also been bought in dead after a crash in to the back of a car. I read that he was wearing a helmet, but it wasn't done up and this caused severe brain damage that lead to his death a day later.
PLEASE WEAR A HELMET - PLEASE DO IT UP AND DON'T EVEN CONSIDER RIDING A BIKE IN BALI IF YOU HAVE NO EXPERIENCE. OR INSURANCE . YOU ARE VERY LIKELY TO CAUSE OR BE INVOLVED IN A SERIOUS ACCIDENT. I TOOK EVERY PRECAUTION - DON'T THINK IT COULDN'T HAPPEN TO YOU .
I still visit Bali, and I still ride a bike there . But for the main road journeys I always take a taxi, and if I go for a beer in the evening, I leave the bike at my apartment . It's just not worth it ... Do your own research in to motorbike deaths on the island - it's quite sobering -
Safe travels and I hope this message can help to save a life - perhaps it will be yours ...