Have you ever felt your life was in danger

Trail

R.I.P. Joe Rein
May 24, 2013
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Crashed on the "mountain" at Cadwell Park, as you reach the top of the hill the bike briefly lifts of the ground but I landed all skewed and as the rear tyre gripped I lost control and the bike flung me off and into a fence, that was the first proper crash I'd had and I actually had a "oh fuck" moment in mid-air and as I landed I broke 4 ribs and my collarbone as well as knocked myself out. Was back on track 3 weeks later, but that moment in mid-air was surreal, you ever have one of those moments in your dreams where you can jump ridiculously far? That's what it felt like.
Were you on a bike or were you the sidecar dude? My motorcycle terminology is shocking, apologies.
 

Trail

R.I.P. Joe Rein
May 24, 2013
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I can see the stories getting taller and taller in this thread.:popcorn
Got given a ticket for free outside a boozer on Strand near my university campus - it was Simply Red at Drury Lane Theatre. My life flashed before me as suicide became a valid option and Strand was busy that night, plenty of cars to put myself under. My then girlfriend finished her bar job not long after (I was there waiting for her to finish). She talked me down. Looking back I should have married her by virtue of that favour she did me

Phew.
 
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Trail

R.I.P. Joe Rein
May 24, 2013
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On a bike.
I think the shit rolling down my trouser leg would have broken my fall. Bikes scare me silly. Your balls are bigger than mine.

As a child I always wanted a motorbike, my Dad - who owned one - just said "Ian, four wheels are safer than two". I heeded his advice.

@gumbo2176
 
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Trail

R.I.P. Joe Rein
May 24, 2013
31,907
7,699
Crashed on the "mountain" at Cadwell Park, as you reach the top of the hill the bike briefly lifts of the ground but I landed all skewed and as the rear tyre gripped I lost control and the bike flung me off and into a fence, that was the first proper crash I'd had and I actually had a "oh fuck" moment in mid-air and as I landed I broke 4 ribs and my collarbone as well as knocked myself out. Was back on track 3 weeks later, but that moment in mid-air was surreal, you ever have one of those moments in your dreams where you can jump ridiculously far? That's what it felt like.
That description paints such a good solid picture.

Three weeks later as well, back on a bike...fuck.
 

AntG

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Nov 16, 2012
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I think the shit rolling down my trouser leg would have broken my fall. Bikes scare me silly. Your balls are bigger than mine.

As a child I always wanted a motorbike, my Dad - who owned one - just said "Ian, four wheels are safer than two". I heeded his advice.
I've never ridden one on the road, only on race tracks, I don't even have a licence to ride a bike on the road, my bird's got a road bike, scares the shit out of me every time she goes out on it, she got knocked off it last year but got away ok with only slight damage to the bike.
 
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Dazl1212

Ripley, strong independent woman who don't no man
May 16, 2013
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A few times.

Once where I got jumped by a gang when I was on my own and I was pretty drunk when it started. Got battered pretty bad, I got home and decided I needed a bath as I was covered in dirt and my own blood. Passed out from concussion and my mum dragged me out of the bath :lol: I had the imprint of the sole of a shoe on my back.

Other fight was when I was fighting someone who'd punched my then girlfriend's sister in the face, his brother smashed a bottle of Stella over my head from behind. I didn't know what was happening until I realised blood was pouring out of my head.

Another fun time, was leaving a nightclub and my mate who was a fairly decent amateur boxer got into a fight and next thing a load of this other lads mates jumped in. So I got involved and a lad pulled a knife on me and tried to stab me, so for some reason I booted him in the shin, I'm not sure what happened after that ( I think I kneed him in the balls, not very macho but there you go) but we just ran the fuck off.

The other was a car crash where some old dear pulled out on a dual carriageway and I hit her when I was doing 60.

The only other time was when I had pleurisy . That shits fucking awful, feels like your lungs are made of glass
 
May 17, 2013
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I think the shit rolling down my trouser leg would have broken my fall. Bikes scare me silly. Your balls are bigger than mine.

As a child I always wanted a motorbike, my Dad - who owned one - just said "Ian, four wheels are safer than two". I heeded his advice.

@gumbo2176

Not all people are capable of operating a motorcycle properly. When I was in the market for a new bike and already had one, I was often asked "Why don't you just teach your wife to ride and give it to her?"

No way in hell I'd have done that and have her death on my conscience because as much as I love her, I just knew she had no business on a motorcycle as a driver.

Some guys have more balls than sense and do dumb shit on bikes, and bikes can be dangerous enough on their own with distracted drivers all around, especially in today's climate of cellphones and people texting while driving.

Now, my wife is far from dumb, but she does lack the instinct to do the right thing at the right time and is not the most physically coordinated person around.
 
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Been in quite a few car accidents but was never shaken up.

The only time I really thought I was fucked was when I was about 15 or 16 coming back from a car show. Had a bag full of magazines and got on the escalators at the nearest station. Thought I'd sit on the side and slide down for a bit. About 3/4 of the way up I went to hop off, lost my footing and started tumbling down, head over arse to the bottom. On the way down I'm thinking that my neck is gonna snap. Landed on my back at the bottom. Luckily no one had been ahead of me on the escalator otherwise I would've cleaned them up. A cleaner had hit the stop button and he looked white, thought I was dead. I look up, see my mates running down the escalators to me. Got up a bit sore, collected my mags which were strewn all over the place and went on to get the next train. Only copped a few bruises and ripped jacket.

These were the escalators, starting tumbling at about the 1:04 mark
 
Jun 5, 2013
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I’ve seen my life flash in front of my eyes too many times to list. I work in the petrochemical industry and used to serve in the military.

I must have said ‘oh well, this is it’ quite a few times. I’m still here, so perhaps my situational awareness isn’t too good, or I’m a lucky, lucky fucker.
 
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A few times.

Once where I got jumped by a gang when I was on my own and I was pretty drunk when it started. Got battered pretty bad, I got home and decided I needed a bath as I was covered in dirt and my own blood. Passed out from concussion and my mum dragged me out of the bath :lol: I had the imprint of the sole of a shoe on my back.

Other fight was when I was fighting someone who'd punched my then girlfriend's sister in the face, his brother smashed a bottle of Stella over my head from behind. I didn't know what was happening until I realised blood was pouring out of my head.

Another fun time, was leaving a nightclub and my mate who was a fairly decent amateur boxer got into a fight and next thing a load of this other lads mates jumped in. So I got involved and a lad pulled a knife on me and tried to stab me, so for some reason I booted him in the shin, I'm not sure what happened after that ( I think I kneed him in the balls, not very macho but there you go) but we just ran the fuck off.

The other was a car crash where some old dear pulled out on a dual carriageway and I hit her when I was doing 60.

The only other time was when I had pleurisy . That shits fucking awful, feels like your lungs are made of glass
I got done in by a group of boys when I was about 18. I had been at a club, was drunk, and on my own.

It was for no reason, not sure if they were trying to mug me, or just drunk and looking for a fight. I think the latter though.

One sucker punched me from the side, then there was a scuffle as 4 of them laid into me, I held my own for a bit, but ended up going over and got stamped on a few times.

I made it back up, decked one and managed to get free and leg it. Ended up hiding in some bushes for hours. Then made it home and went to bed.

They had actually done very little damage. I had a black eye, bust lip and some bruises. But I also had a shoe imprint on the side of my face that didn't fade for a couple of days. It was so embarrassing.

I was lucky that they weren't great fighters, were probably drunk too, and were wearing trainers.
 
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On a small boat island hopping around Greece or Turkey back in the 80's. The weather had turned a bit nasty and the thing was unsafe. We were getting tossed about like a cork, sitting on what was basically a park bench on deck, and every time a wave hit us the whole bloody bench went about a foot up in the air. It didn't help that the skipper was arseholed on the local poison and seemed to find the whole thing an absolute wheeze. I've never been so scared in my life and was convinced we were going to end up as fish food.
Asylum seeker ?
 

Dazl1212

Ripley, strong independent woman who don't no man
May 16, 2013
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I got done in by a group of boys when I was about 18. I had been at a club, was drunk, and on my own.

It was for no reason, not sure if they were trying to mug me, or just drunk and looking for a fight. I think the latter though.

One sucker punched me from the side, then there was a scuffle as 4 of them laid into me, I held my own for a bit, but ended up going over and got stamped on a few times.

I made it back up, decked one and managed to get free and leg it. Ended up hiding in some bushes for hours. Then made it home and went to bed.

They had actually done very little damage. I had a black eye, bust lip and some bruises. But I also had a shoe imprint on the side of my face that didn't fade for a couple of days. It was so embarrassing.

I was lucky that they weren't great fighters, were probably drunk too, and were wearing trainers.
I think I was 15/16 when this happened, only reason it wasn't worse was because a group of blokes stepped in and most of them ran off.

I did manage to take one down with me and smashed his head into the pavement a few times :lol:

Nowt more annoying than being sucker punched, except for being sucker punched and then sucker punched again by their mate :fire
 
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Yes a few times.

amongst those moments there are 3 occasions where I almost drowned and was saved by others
1 time Iceskatting and went through it could not get out me self and barely stay above..
Adults came with ropes I could also barely hold the rope it was so cold.

1 time went diving in the Red Sea the sea was a bit rough and I swallowed water etc it went worse and I could not stay above other divers got me out back on the boat I threw up very much felt totally exhausted

1 time being drunk swim across the Rhine river on the way back got cramp and got in difficulties I could not beat the current people with a boat passed by and took me aboard otherwise I would not have made it back