Traffic was getting heavy as I traveled in the middle of the pack on my awesome loaner bike from Soul Customs. Disaster happened swiftly and without warning as a distracted driver drifted into my lane and her rear bumper grazed my front wheel. The slight impact was enough to knock me slightly off balance and caused me to wobble. I almost went down on my right side as I was briefly able to save it, but I over corrected and I whiplashed down HARD on my left side. The impact with the asphalt was fierce as I landed directly on my shoulder and I felt and heard the crunch, my head immediately followed as it also bounced off the concrete. The motorcycle slid away from me and into the vehicle that cut me off as I skidded across the pavement. Adrenaline quickly had me on my feet and I gathered myself on the right shoulder of the highway, knocked out of breath from the impact. My fellow riders immediately stopped and controlled traffic around the crash site and looked me over, and then the bike. I knew immediately on impact that my collar bone and ribs were a casualty, but I also knew my cranium was safe thanks to my Icon Airmada helmet.