My friendly car driver turned right across traffic and t-boned me. I got thrown 10 feet and ended up on the footpath down the road she was turning down. Bike was snapped in 3 places, broken nose, teeth knocked out of alignment (one died), separated AC joint, damage to the rotator cuff (these two are the most annoying because I can't play water polo at the moment) and stitches in my lips and nose. It took me 4 weeks to be able to eat solid foods (teeth were too loose to chew, and face was swollen). Helmet saved my life. This happened the week before Christmas.
I pretty much used my face to go from 45 kmph to 0 - brake blocks work better
She got a $300 (AUD) fine and 2 demerit points.
I'm not trying to complain; it could have been so much worse. The emergency doctors and paramedics were fantastic. I'm grateful because my predominantly soft tissue injuries will heal and I know so many other riders are not as fortunate.
Wow, brrrr.. sounds horrid, and 45Kmph... damn, I went down with approx. 36Kmph.... so I can imagine.
Time will tell if for you physically everything will heal properly (I know I will have days in the future were the collarbone will hurt or irritate), but mentally you have no problems I assume since you are picking up cycling again? as many people will not think about cycling again after a huge crash.
I have a "traffic-specialized" lawyer here in Spain who is working for me to get my damage refunded and additional compensation (no cure no pay for him
). Also I will buy a GoPro as a "dash cam" so if it happens again I have a form of "proof" (also to analyze my rides and how traffic behaves). Luckily when I had my accident I was with a friend and we had a witness.
Also I am not complaining as I see this as an opportunity to get better gear without paying for it myself