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Auto Accident
Remember my lovely new car? Well, pieces of it are now scattered on I-75. The rest of it was towed away last night by a large brusque stranger who clearly didn't love it like I did. But I was too busy shaking and crying to do much about it.

Last night, I was driving south in the leftmost lane. I was about a mile away from my exit, so I started to move into the lane to the right of me. I verified that my blind spot was empty and started pulling into the lane. Half-way in, I saw that there was a huge jeep-like thing also pulling into the same lane, from the right-hand lane where it had been. He was right next to me, and we were about to collide. I hit my horn and swerved left, back into my old lane.

My car started fishtailing. I'm not sure if it was graveley or icey there, or if the swerve was just too much, or both. I tried to keep the steering wheel pointed in the direction I wanted to go (forward). I felt the car's rear end skidding to the right, then to the left. I kept trying to maneuver the car, trying to keep it going forward. It seemed like it lasted forever. I thought perhaps I could get it back straightened out, but it just kept swinging from side to side. Finally the back of the car swung completely around to the right, and I saw the cement wall coming straight at me. I pictured all of the cars behind me slamming into the side of my car, and I covered my face with my hands, terrified.

The front of my car slammed into the wall. The car kept spinning, and the right-rear hit the wall too. The car was greatly slowed down at this point, and almost going straight again. I immediately drove it in the direction it was pointing (across the road) and pulled it over on the right shoulder of the freeway. By some miracle, nobody hit me.

I sat there in my car, smelling smoke, looking at the hood popped up and bent at a weird angle, wondering if it had caught fire. Then I realized the airbags had deployed, and the smoke was coming from them. I turned off the ignition. I looked around, and there were cars moving slowly everywhere, easing their way past my debris. Several cars stopped, and two guys approached my car. I started to open my driver-side door, and it stuck after about 6 inches. One of the guys helped me pull it open, and I climbed out.

"Are you okay?" they asked.

"I think so," I said, as I mentally evaluated myself. Terrified, heart beating wildly, a few mildly hurting spots, but everything was functioning properly. They asked me what had happened, and I attempted to tell them. "I don't suppose either of you are the car from the other lane?" But no, they had been behind me.

"Do you have a phone?" one guy asked me. When I said I did, he prepared to leave. I stood there helplessly. I had no idea what to do. I guess I was in shock. I glanced between the two guys, hoping one of them would tell me what to do next.

The one guy left, but the other guy asked me, "Are you sure you're okay?" I told him yes, just scared. "Just in shock a little?" I nodded. "Do you have AAA?" When I said I did, he told me I should call them, and he would call the police for me at the same time. Then he wished me good luck, and he crossed the street back to his car and left me alone.

I got back in my car and shut the door. I was shaking violently. I was alone. I started to cry. I fumbled for my phone and dialed what I thought might be the number for AAA. Somewhat to my surprise, I was right. The phone told me to type in my number, but I just pressed buttons until a real person answered the phone. I told her I'd been in an accident, and I didn't know what to do. She wasn't very helpful. I said I was okay, but I needed a tow-truck. She asked if the police had been called. I said they had, so she said she'd transfer me to claims.

I was put on hold. I sat there on hold, watching the traffic pass me. Everyone who had stopped had left. Tears were leaking out of my eyes. It suddenly occurred to me that I should put on my hazards, so I did. I listened to hold music. I waited.

Finally I saw a blinking red light behind me; the police had arrived. I struggled my way out of the door again, and walked up to meet him. He told me they had summoned a tow-truck for me, since the car wasn't in a safe place to sit long. I hung up the phone with AAA; they hadn't answered yet anyway, useless people. I told him what had happened. He had me sit in the police car with him. It was warm in there. I hadn't realized I was cold.
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cynnerth From: cynnerth Date: January 15th, 2003 07:21 am (UTC) (Link)
oh dear god...I'm so glad you're still alive! What is up with those guys who left you alone?! Afraid to talk to the police?? AAA has helped me more times than not, but one time they left me waiting for 2 hours at midnight and they couldn't locate their tow truck guy. Maybe someone else should start a emergency roadside service as competition so they'll have to improve their customer service.
mrdisco99 From: mrdisco99 Date: January 15th, 2003 07:25 am (UTC) (Link)

Oh no!


simplykimberly From: simplykimberly Date: January 15th, 2003 07:27 am (UTC) (Link)

oh no!!! :(

I'm so so sorry!!! That just bites the big one! I'm SO glad you're ok, but sheesh! Geez ... what a rotten day, to say the least! :( I hope insurance will help get you on the road again - what a royal pain! Really glad you're ok though - what a horrifying experience! And what weenies those people were for leaving you like that!!! ((hugs))
prader From: prader Date: January 15th, 2003 07:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh sweetie, I hope you're okay. I'm glad you were unhurt and I hope all this works out fro you.

*offers you a shoulder if you need one*
dreamattack329 From: dreamattack329 Date: January 15th, 2003 08:07 am (UTC) (Link)
OMG, I am so sorry! I am so glad you are OK!! The car can be replaced, but you cannot!!
radiantsoul From: radiantsoul Date: January 15th, 2003 08:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Glad you got out of it ok. I am not suprised you were quite shocked by the whole thing though.
tammylc From: tammylc Date: January 15th, 2003 08:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh my god - how awful. I'm so glad you're okay. Big hugs.
swerve From: swerve Date: January 15th, 2003 08:50 am (UTC) (Link)

holy moly

Damn, I am so glad you're okay and here to tell the story. How are you feeling today?

I had a similar accident three years ago, except that I wound up caroming off the right-side curb, spinning around, and hitting the median wall back-end first. Like you, I couldn't believe no one hit me. I was so lucky, in the grand scheme of things. But for the next week or so, my whole body was stiff and sore.

You're alive. Your new car did what it was designed to do: it protected you. It crumpled to absorb the impact, it deployed airbags to protect your head. I'm so, so sorry this happened, but I'm so glad you're okay.

(shaky hugs)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 16th, 2003 02:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: holy moly

Yuck. Isn't that just terrifying, when that happens? You are suddenly so helpless, so quickly.

I'm sore, but okay....considering what could have happened, I'm doing great!

charisma From: charisma Date: January 15th, 2003 09:12 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you're alright, and so sorry about your car! *hugs* Is it totaled, or can it be repaired?
bighoward From: bighoward Date: January 15th, 2003 09:25 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm so sorry. These things happen every day and it will all get straightened out eventually. Just try not to get upset and if you need someone to talk to call me anytime, day or night.
retepsnave From: retepsnave Date: January 15th, 2003 09:37 am (UTC) (Link)

feeling equally bewildered-

Oh dear God!
I am so thankful that you are physically alright...
I began reading your post and was imediately in that haze like trance... not really wanting to believe that what I was reading was really truely what happened- sort of a flashback to the weird sureal daze all the while I was in my first major freeway accident (sounded similar)... driving my mom's van passing a bemoth Expidition... caught the snow on the edge of the roadway, caught into his bumber and we spun together slidding across all four lanes of traffic into the guardrails on the right shoulder of the road... my airbag did not deploy (that was my first thought after I said holy shit!)... rest of time was a daze... sitting in the back of the trooper's car, wondering what the hell I was going to do (I was on the way north to pick up my sister from college for thanksgiving break) it took over an hour for the towtruck to extricate my car off the guardrail... other guy's truck- they simply tied down his hood and he drove away!@?#?@!

the entire time was like a foggy memory...

wow, so very thankful that you're ok... I hope that life/transportation/bodily aches & pains get swiftly back to normal-
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 16th, 2003 02:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: feeling equally bewildered-

Wow. I think those are the kinds of experiences you don't ever forget. Everything is so fast yet so slow, and so confusing, and scary!! Were you okay? Sounds awful.

retepsnave From: retepsnave Date: January 16th, 2003 02:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: feeling equally bewildered-

absolutly right....
things going by like in a fog yet so fast at the same time...
yeah, thank God, no one got hurt in that... I think that I had a bit of a stif neck and acky back... but nothing else... the frount end of the van was completly gone- scary stuff that... car was totaled...but severity of it did not hit me till the next day when girlfriend and I went to the tow yard to collect a few things out of the car before they crushed it... side and whatnot looked fine... but all you could see in frount was the engine block...
funny thing too was like with you, I was just so bewildered and uncertain of what to do- fortunately as it was storming out, troopers were patrolling quite regularly...

now I think that I'm a bit more careful in bad weather... (lesson at least partly learned?)
fls From: fls Date: January 15th, 2003 09:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Glad you're ok.
From: ex_dcl Date: January 15th, 2003 01:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm ever so glad you are all right and intact.....

Sorry about the car, but better it than you. It sounds like it's collision systems did their job, whether they were needed or not.

encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: January 15th, 2003 05:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Glad you're not physically hurt. Been in long meetings all day. Hope you're getting things straightened out. Hope the car can be fixed ok.
joline From: joline Date: January 15th, 2003 06:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
oh no. :(

you have lots of support around here if you need it, that's very clear to see.
i'm just so glad you're safe. do keep us updated. tell us how you're holding up, and how things go with your insurance and new car. i hope things are okay.

here's a "thank you" to your car for keeping its contents safe.
From: entropygirl Date: January 16th, 2003 05:51 am (UTC) (Link)
So are you injured in any way? I hope you're doing all right...

From: (Anonymous) Date: January 16th, 2003 07:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Holy shit! I'm glad you're okay. Cars can be replaced, people cannot.


~Julie (http://www.juliek.org/)
cjdoyle From: cjdoyle Date: January 16th, 2003 11:59 am (UTC) (Link)
YIKES! I'm sorry I missed this when you posted initially. I'm glad that you're (physically at least) okay.

Does your insurance at least cover a rental car for you?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 16th, 2003 02:22 pm (UTC) (Link)


Thanks muchly.

Alas, no...when I put this car onto my policy, they didn't suggest rental coverage, and I didn't think of it. (I'm quite annoyed with them for this, too!)
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