Let this be a lesson...the more your camera is tethered to a cord, the more likely it is to have an accident.
Buy a card reader so that you don't have to go through this again.
That's a good tip .. in a similar vein, do most people use the shoulder strap on their cameras? I find that I almost never put the strap around my neck, it is always dangling from the camera when I'm shooting. Sometimes I think the strap is more trouble (and danger) than it's worth.