Picking up the pieces following vehicle accidents

Published: Monday, February 11, 2013 at 06:03 PM.

Brandon, 50, was headed home from work on U.S. Highway 98 about 6:45 a.m. Aug. 24 when an SUV pulled in front of him. Brandon says he can still remember hitting his brakes and then ramming the right side of the SUV.

He woke up in the road and was able to roll onto the median. From there, he says his memory fades in and out.

Brandonhad two broken knee caps, four broken bones in his right foot, a broken ankle and a cracked vertebra. He was in the hospital a little more than a week and in rehab for two weeks before he went home. He finished physical therapy just last week.

The SUV’s driver, 74-year-old In S. Bishop of Navarre, was not hurt. He was cited for violation of right of way.

Brandonreturned to work as a contractor at Hurlburt Field in early January. He says the physical demands of his job are challenging, but the father of one knows he has to keep working.

Since the wreck, Brandon says he has not even entertained the thought of riding a motorcycle again. He says he had had close calls in the past, but after his accident he refuses to ride again.

“I broke an arm once before, but I’ve never been this severely injured or dependent on other people,” he said. “I’m done with the doctors, so now I have to start dealing with the lawyers and insurance.

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