Last friday I was driving home from a candidates forum along a local highway, and a pizza delivery guy turned left in front of me. I hit him and the impact drove me off the road into two other cars parked on the highway shoulder.
|2013 VW passat after collision|
I saw this guy turn a fraction of a second before I hit him; not enough time to hit the brakes. I guess he thought he had enough time to make his left turn; and misjudged. I think he's a younger guy, and I sure wish he had waited another 30 seconds for me to pass.
When I hit him everything went white. I remember wondering what was going on until I saw the airbag deflate and I could see the shattered windshield. It felt initially like I had done the mother of all bellyflops and I could tell I was hurt but I couldn't tell how much. I could see one of the cars on the side of the road (a light truck) that I was resting against, and I wondered briefly if that was the other vehicle I'd hit. I didn't know if it was. but there it was. weird. I really couldn't draw a breath. There was a white powder drifting through the drivers compartment. i switched the ignition off, (not realizing that the battery, and the whole front of the car, was just gone) and when I did so I noticed I had blood on my left hand. and I looked at my right and there was blood there, too. I was wearing a suit and tie, and I noticed blood on my shirt. I started wondering where all this blood was coming from. So i kind of gingerly patted myself down, and wiggled my toes and fingers and didn't find any obvious wounds. not a gush, more a drip, and seemed to be coming from my hands.
|The car that turned left in front of me I think|
|takes quite a blow to bend the steering wheel like that. no airbags.|
|after 3 vehicle impacts|
Dr. Leonard said to me something that I heard very clearly. "10 years ago this wouldn't have been a survivable accident. You're lucky you had a good, safe car with airbags. That car failed in exactly the right way to direct the energy of a head-on collision away from the passenger compartment. You're very lucky. " Guys, I'd buy another passat again in a heartbeat. probably will.
Most of a week later I can finally think about putting my own socks on again. Separated rib, neck strain, back strain, cuts on both hands, intermittent back spasms... It hurt any way I lay down, or stood up. Tears-in-the-eyes pain.
I really don't know the extent of the injuries to the other drivers, I asked the paramedics but they didn't know either but they did say that no one died. thankful for that. Was amused to learn that the guy who caused the accident was insured by my insurance company, too. Glad he has insurance, not sure how this is going to play out as far as claims go. State patrol issued a ticket for something to the jeep driver; probably failure to yield. insurance company accepted fault was his.
Kinda put everything into perspective. I didn't think about the corn until today.