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Car Accident
Quick Summary: I'm okay, but my car is not. Longer Version: I was heading W on 11 mile; I'd just crossed the freeway, and I was turning left onto Stephenson, the I-75 service drive (north).

The oncoming traffic was all backed up, and the lane nearest me was at a standstill. The left-turn light starts out blinking, then a green arrow appears. The car in front of me turned left, and I honestly thought our green arrow had started. Now I'm not certain if it had. Plus the oncoming traffic wasn't moving anyway, but a space had been left for us to turn left.

I turned a slow left, following the car which had just done so, easing my way through the hole in stopped traffic. As I completed the turn, suddenly I heard a screeching of brakes. I didn't even have time to formulate a complete thought, just something along the lines of "Oh no, I hope--", and the oncoming car in the right lane slammed into me.

I'll admit I was pulling out my cell phone at the same time in order to dial into a business conference call, though not talking yet. But I'd thought my light was green, and I'd thought all the oncoming traffic was at a stand-still anyway due to rush hour. I didn't see him at all. I'm guessing he had just swung into the right lane, since the left lane was stopped. Or maybe he was there all the time, just blocked from my vision by the stopped cars. Why would the right lane be moving so fast, with the left lane stopped? I don't know. He says his light was green.

He hit me at a completely perpendicular angle, on my passenger side door. For an instant, I felt the surreal sensation of my body staying still while my car slid out from under me. Then I was jerked to the left along with the car, and we skidded at some kind of angle to both of our velocities.

It felt almost like a rollercoaster, except for the nasty smashing noise.

The actual accident is mostly a blur, except for the body memory of inertia in action. I found myself driving forward after it was done, the car still moving okay. I kept going for a moment -- unsure of where to pull over. I turned right onto the first side street and stopped the car.

As I climbed out, a van with two guys in it pulled over and stared at me, stared at the car. It felt like they were gawking, but I suppose they were just making sure nobody was injured. They didn't talk to me or stop once they saw I was walking.

I walked back to the scene, and another guy approached me. He said he'd been turning left behind me and seen the whole thing. "Where's the guy who hit me, did he drive away?"

"No, he's pulled over in that parking lot. Somebody's already called the police for you." I meant to ask him if we'd had a green arrow, but was too distracted and frazzled. He left before the cops came; don't know if anybody got his information or not.

I found the guy who'd hit me, and he was on the phone. We didn't exchange more than brief words, though we both talked to the cop when he came. It was cold, we were probably both pretty shaken, and honestly we didn't have much to say to one another. The cop told me it was okay to drive my car, so I pulled it around the block to where the other guy was.

I called my office and my insurance company, then I called my boyfriend. The officer came over and gave me a "written warning". I had failed to yield, but the circumstances were poor and my record was good, so I didn't get a ticket.

My insurance company (Progressive) was helpful and responsive. I drove my wounded car there (which was very cold since the passenger door has a six inch gap between it and the roof now), and they had me driving to work in a rental car before one o'clock -- less than four hours after the accident.

Unfortunately I have already found out that they are totalling the vehicle (meaning that it would cost more to fix than the car is worth), so I have to buy another.

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retepsnave From: retepsnave Date: January 12th, 2007 02:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

accidents suck, and the sureal moments make them all the more weird!
sorry bout the car
but very glad to hear you're ok
infernus1218 From: infernus1218 Date: January 12th, 2007 04:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Almost exactly like one of those volkswagon jetta commercials.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 14th, 2007 03:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Really? The broadsiding, or something else? I guess I haven't seen the commercial... weird!
specialagentm From: specialagentm Date: January 12th, 2007 04:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
I figured they would total it. It takes a surprisingly small amount of damage these days to add up to being more than a vehicle is worth.

I'm glad you're OK, and you didn't get a ticket -- these things happen (that's why they call them accidents, after all) and at least everyone's coming out of it OK.

So, what's the new car going to be? :-)
thatguychuck From: thatguychuck Date: January 13th, 2007 03:18 am (UTC) (Link)
I saw the car today. WOW. She's a lucky lady.

And it didn't look like tons of damage, until you looked closer. The entire right suspension was trashed. All the body panels on the right. And to say the entire structure was tweaked doesn't even begin to describe it. It was rumpled and folded over in places.

But it was DRIVEABLE. She says it drove fine. I can belive it, but I certainly wouldn't want to own that car after it was fixed.

Hmmmm... For $500, yes. Yes, I would. < grin > But I'm glad she's not going to be in it any more.

"Your car committed suicide to save you." --Rennie's Insurance Adjuster.
specialagentm From: specialagentm Date: January 13th, 2007 04:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I love that quote from the adjuster. Well, hey, it did it's job, that's the important thing.

...but no airbags went off? How strange. I had a 5mph fender bender and my air bags demolished my car's interior.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 13th, 2007 10:06 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't have side airbags, just front ones. The hit was completely perpendicular -- I believe that front airbags are set up to deploy where there is a sudden reduction in forward velocity.
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 15th, 2007 04:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
1st of all: Glad you're ok

That is a correct statement. There are accelerometers at the front & center of your car, but with front airbags they will mostly sense fore / aft acceleration to deploy the driver and passenger airbags.
Having these go off during a side impact (a/k/a t-bone) accident would not help you; it might even be worse in that situation as you are moved side to side by the impact and then the airbag would try to push you rearwards.

mrs_sweetpeach From: mrs_sweetpeach Date: January 12th, 2007 09:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Bummer about your cute little car, but I am so glad you came through the accident in one piece.
jenaflynn From: jenaflynn Date: January 13th, 2007 06:12 am (UTC) (Link)
My goodness, I am so glad that you're OK. sad to lose your car, but good that its safety equipment did it's job, and prevented any harm from coming to you. :-)

Good luck, and may your next car be just as nifty as this one.
sylph4980 From: sylph4980 Date: January 13th, 2007 06:45 am (UTC) (Link)
I absolutely hate everything about that little 11 mile/I-75 intersection!! I've seen some scary stuff there...not safe at all!

Glad you are OK even though your car is not. Its a cavalier right? I'm not sure what it is but body repairs on them are ridiculous. I've been in 2 accidents in mine and repairs have always been 1500+.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 14th, 2007 03:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, that intersection is has always worried me. Just all kinds of dangerous.

It was a cavelier, may it rest in peace.... (: It was pretty seriously crushed, would have been around $8000 to repair it they said.
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