How I wish the title of this post was some cryptic message for some totally awesome something or other. But it’s not. I got in my very first, and hopefully last car accident. I was alone, thank goodness, the roads were wet, I closed my eyes when I knew what was going to happen, and boom! car accident. Let’s rewind though. I’ll start at the beginning and take you through all of the not at all gory details.
Last week I was really feeling the need for some shopping time with a friend, no little boys begging to go look at new toys, just me, a store full of clothing possibilities and a friend. I texted said friend, she was game, so we made the date for Saturday morning. I love a good second hand store, so we decided on Savers. I’ve found some real gems there before and was hoping to again! I got up texted her and made sure we were still on for shopping and then got ready. It was nasty and rainy out, but this is the midwest, it’s expected.
I was seriously a 5 (depending on how many stop lights caught me) minute drive from my house to Savers. I’m what I like to call a preventative driver. I’m always looking three cars in front and behind me. When I cross lanes of traffic I look far up the road in both directions to account for any vehicles that might be coming. I’m not trying to point fingers, but I just don’t think all drivers are the same way (and I have a feeling the driver I hit, isn’t one either). But we’re all different, that’s one of the greatest blessings in this life. Moving on.
There was a black truck beside me, he had been in front of me but changed lanes after a car needed to turn. Going down the road I would say that his tailgate was probably at my right side view mirror. We were coming up to a stop light so I’m getting ready to make sure the light doesn’t turn yellow when all of a sudden this white truck crosses in front of me, trying to turn left. You know how when something bad happens 2 whole seconds can slow to about a minute in your mind. Well I saw him come in front of me, I knew he’d slowed down to wait in the median to keep turning left. I slammed on my breaks, skidded, sighed (because I knew I was going to hit him), straightened my arms out hard against the steering wheel, and closed my eyes. It was probably 2 seconds, but it felt like a lot longer.
Hitting another vehicle feels just how you would expect. You suddenly become one with the car, a few thousand pounds, and you jerk to a halt when you contact the other vehicle. It was car ACCIDENT. I’m sure he didn’t see me, and meant to slow down to wait for traffic. He had enough time to make it across both lanes, but didn’t know he needed to until it was too late. I was so disappointed. I found my cell phone, it’d been thrown off the passenger seat onto the floor. That’s when I realized my headband also got thrown off my head on impact! So intense! I called 911. They were so nice, and within like a minute and half (it felt like anyway) two police cars were there.
The police officer came to my window and said we were going to move off of the main road, and asked “Is your car drivable?” I just wanted to laugh! haha I had no idea what damage had been done. I hadn’t left my car for fear of being exposed to other traffic (and the nice dispatcher told me to stay in my car). So I had to back up, and that’s when I realized I was underneath his truck! I had to rev my engine to get out, once I was his truck actually dropped to the ground and bounced a bit. He was in a much worse way than me. His front tire was wobbly, and I wasn’t sure if he was going to be able to open his door at all.
Once we got into the parking lot near where I hit him I noticed some fire trucks coming down the street. I thought “huh, how crazy that these guys would be driving by us on their way to some other fire or something.” Then it hit me, they were coming to see us! Two fire trucks and an ambulance.
The police officer asked me what happened, and I told him. Then he spoke to the other driver who recounted the same thing. It took about 45-50 minutes from hit to me leaving. Not too shabby. I was totally shakin’ up at first. How else can you feel after a car accident? Ha! But I didn’t feel the need for any assistance from the very kind fire fighters and EMT’s. The thought crossed my mind like 3 times to take a picture with them, but it felt wrong at the same time so I didn’t… I should’ve, I’m a blogger and a photographer… it’s what I do… guh!
After that crazy experience, I decided since my car was driveable (the other guy, not so much) I would go ahead and go shopping. Thankfully I did, I got a few great things! I’ll do a haul post later! Really though, if I would’ve been driving our mini van I’m sure I would’ve hurt the other driver, because the front end is so much higher and his truck was smaller. So many other things could’ve played a bad part in it and it all could’ve turned out differently. If there would’ve been someone behind me I’m sure they would’ve hit me. If he would’ve made it further across the intersection I might have just hit his tailgate and sent him or myself spinning into traffic. If it had to happen, I’m not sure if could’ve turned out any better. Is that weird? Finding the bright side of a car accident? I don’t recommend them, car accidents that is.
How has your weekend been?