Tested my Garmin fall detection today - ouch!

Had a pretty big accident on my bike today. Biking alone, in a remote location. All OK, just got back from the hospital, nothing broken, but a few weeks taking it easy until I’m better.

Drove it home though, if you have a smartwatch, bike computer, whatever, enable and configure any fall detection.

My Garmin instantly messaged my wife with my GPS location. If I hadn’t responded this would have been critical info.

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First off, glad you are OK.
Second, glad the tech worked as advertised.

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Yikes! Good to know the watch works! Take care!

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Thanks, both. Up and about as normal this morning, so not as bad as the nurse said it might be the day after.

Now looking at the data, my speed went to 0 mph very quickly :roll_eyes: Turns out I bounce pretty well.

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Pretty neat, thanks for sharing. What model Garmin have you got?

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I have the Edge 830 bike computer. Linked to an old Pixel 3a for mobile data.

Also have a Galaxy Watch4 that does activity tracking, has fall detection and stuff but I decided to stick with a dedicated device. I don’t think the Watch4 detected the incident interestingly.

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Glad to hear you weren’t too badly hurt, I wish you a speedy recovery.

I now have an Apple Watch, which has a similar function. I could have used that last winter, about a month before I bought the Watch.

I was going from our office to the main building and slipped on the ice covered flagstones on the path. I didn’t have my phone with me, luckily; I would have had it in my back pocket. I fell flat on my back and smacked my head on a flagstone. I wasn’t unconscious, but I couldn’t move for a few minutes.

Nobody saw me fall and it was only after a few minutes, that a neighbour came out the door to go into the village and she saw me laying on the ground.

In that circumstance, a Watch with fall detection, or something similar, would have been very useful.

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Yikes, yes very useful. I have recommended to my brother who lives alone that he might want to get a watch for this reason. He was saying if he fell no one would know for days. Glad you weren’t hurt too badly.

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Damn James - be careful out there – glad the device worked!!

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Glad you were not badly hurt!! I had a fall alert come up on my Apple Watch and stopped the emergency call just in time!! I fell down the last 2 steps in my home carrying a bunch of crap down the stairs (Stupid, should have done 2 trips :grinning:)

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