So I was riding my bike back from work today. It was a bit rainy as I rode through a housing community that is owned and run by the University that I work at. It was a bit rainy and a maintenance worker that was driving a golf cart in the on coming lane crossed over and hit me head on. I think he was tring to make a left turn and I'm certain he didn't see me until I came through his wind sheild, almost landed in his lapped, and screamed "jesus christ! what the f*&# were you thinking!" I think I scared him I was yelling so loud. I wasn't trying to scare him that was just my immediate, adrenaline fueled reaction. So why am I posting? I had my powerbook in my backpack and as I flipped over my handlebars I think it might have hit the golf carts windsheild after my head shatterd it. I had a helmet on...thank goodnes. The machine seems fine. I'm using it as I type, but are there any hardware checks I should do to make sure things are okay? I'll back-up right when I get to work in case the hard drive goes south. Anything else I should test? Also, my bike is pretty beat up. It was ~$3000 when I bought it, but that was ~10 years ago. It is a carbon/aluminum frame so it might be cracked. My helmet is toast. The front wheel is toast. Not sure what else I haven't had a good chance to look it over. I'd like to be fairly compensated, but I can't decide what that is. I'll need to fetch rides to work until the bike is fixed or replaced. I'm a bit soar and cut up. Not sure if my bike can be repaired or if it will have to be considered "totalled". I have the contact information I need to get this resolved, but I'm not sure what I should ask for. What is fair? I was once told "fair" is whatever amount of money you would require to go through the experience again. Should I work off of that metric? Sorry long post... Short version -- 1) How do I ensure my Powerbook isn't damaged from the crash? 2) What is fair compensation? (Please no ridiculous posts about asking for million dollar bikes and mac pros!). Thanks.