I got myself into this mess because I didn't take into account what was going on behind me. The Pathfinder had shed quite a bit of speed before it rammed into the back of my bike, but it hit me hard enough that I got launched over the handlebar and onto the road. Thanks to good gear, good luck, and alert drivers, I wasn't run over, killed, or even badly injured, but the impact cracked the subframe, which ended up totaling the bike. The driver was beside himself for letting his attention lapse, and he said that when he hit me he was sure I was doomed. The accident could have been the end of me, but the truth is, it would have been really easy for me to avoid the incident in the first place.