5 months to the day into riding, and I've had my first accident. I was coming down a nice winding road in Adelaide a few minutes from civilisation, heading back to get some lunch after a casual 56k circuit. Came around a switch back, no problem, and I've seen a car in the oncoming lane about 500m down, up to 60 into a gentle left-right, and this car I tagged earlier was suddenly in my lane! I've instantly come off the throttle, off the cornering line, and done my best to ride around him. I've succeeded, but I've also panic braked, and fixated on the rock wall to the left. Predictably, I ate the wall pretty hard. Annoyingly, the driver has kept on driving. I'm certain he knew what happened. Frustratingly, I'd forgotten my GoPro. I rode the wall for about 5 meters before the bike fell over on me. Managed to get out from under it, quick inspection of myself, no blood, nothing obviously broken, able to walk, able to move fairly freely. I'm pretty sure I knocked my head when I fell, but if I did, it's all in the helmet. Left glove was practically torn to ribbons. My cheap Oxford jacket is filthy but fine. The bike on the other hand... Well, it seemed to absorb all of the energy in the fork and probably the front of the frame. Fork is twisted top and bottom, bars were bent, left side of the bike is scratched half to hell, one mirror missing, one broken, windshield detached, crash knob looking a little worse for wear. Very thankful to the family that stopped and help me get the bike back up and out of the way. Had it collected and dropped back at the dealer in town, and walked into the ER. I did well. I've dismissed the accident as minor, and my injuries only require rest and pain meds, but I got lucky. If I'd fixated on the car instead of the wall, I don't think I'd be in my own bed right now. As it is, all I have is some badly bruised ribs and stomach, elbow, thigh, and knee. I'm glad I had the gear on for the same reason. Could have easily been much worse. The bike will likely be written off. And my helmet is definitely getting replaced. I don't think it'll put me off riding. I'm looking forward to getting back on the road, and onward to PI for the Moto GP next month. The most shocking thing about this is that someone can be part of an accident like this, something that could have left someone seriously injured and just drive away from it like nothing happened. And the handful of people that drove past without even slowing. Baffling.