Well, there goes that bragging right. Up until Monday, I was one the few people in my circle of friends to have never been involved in a car accident. That proud status changed after I was involved in a fender-bender this past Monday. I hit another car that was pulling out of a parking lot just down the road from my apartment. I then spent the next three hours in the misty afternoon directing traffic, and talking with the lady I hit, the police, the people at my insurance company, the folks at the rental car company, the tow truck guy and most of my immediate family.
It was my day off too
The good thing is that nobody got hurt, but both of our vehicles are a bit worse for wear. I hit the other vechicle square in the driver’s side wheel (as you can see in the pic), which is going to cost a few beans to fix, and while the body damage on the Reliant is limited to the front bumper, it wouldn’t start at all, so there’s that. The lady I hit was actually pretty cool about it, as was I, so I at least didn’t have to deal with some mad-as-hell person jumping and screaming at me. Before the fire department and police showed up to direct traffic, I was directing people to get out of my lane with my Flashlight of Smiting. Even though we didn’t hit hard enough for either of our airbags to deploy, I was a bit discombobulated after the fact.
Dealing with my insurance company (Progressive) wasn’t too bad, not too long after everything was hauled away, I was picked up by the rental car company and am now riding about in a Hyundai Santa Fe. I was considering a small SUV before this and now that I have had a chance to drive one, I am sold on the vehicle type. I may not get a Santa Fe for my next vehicle, but will definitely consider something like it once all this hash is settled.
If there is one thing that does bother me about the whole thing, its that there were NO witnesses. The accident happened just in front of a bus stop, and of course, those folks hopped onto the next bus that stopped by. I don’t blame them, I’m sure they had work or other places to be, but the fact that no one that driving around stopped AT ALL kinda sucked. I’ve witnessed an accident myself, and I made sure I stuck around to see if they needed assistance or witnesses.
Now I get to wait for the insurance guys and repair guys to get everything figured out. I’ll probably be out some cash when its all said and done, but in the bigger scheme of things, everything turned out as well as could be.