Figured I would post and document this while it’s still fresh enough in my head.
Earlier this evening, I was in a brief car accident. I was doing all my usual routines for an evening. Go out to coffee not long after my usual workout during the week, hang out there for a bit, and then return home.
I reach a stoplight, like one is apt to do when driving around their city. The light turns green, I start to drive forward like expected, and I happen to look down momentarily. Next thing I realize I’m running right into a 4×4 truck that pulled out in front of me, who was trying to turn left.
As I had just started accelerating, I was not at a very high speed, but it was still more than enough to deploy the steering wheel air bag. So, that will cost me some.
Of course I’m stopped and just sitting there in the middle of the intersection. Thankfully I had some people who were willing witnesses and could vouch for the green light and right of way.
Regretfully, the person that I collided with decided to not stick around, even with a newly broken wheel. One that was at an angle making it not fit to drive on. Yet they didn’t stick around. Speculate why on your own.
So, authorities were called, I gave my statement, a witness who stuck around long enough gave their statement. Thank you for that. I have my front bumper sitting in my trunk. Due to the airbag deployment, I was not legally allowed to drive very far, so my car is presently resting in a church parking lot. I’ll be letting them know what happened tomorrow.
All in all, I feel fine enough. Obviously I’m a bit tired, but more frustrated at what I know will be incoming automobile costs. Hopefully insurance will cover most of the costs, but we’ll see.
I’ve had a pretty good driving record over the years, and only recently have I really been in any sort of accidents. The last one was I think in the summer of 2016 or so, which led to me getting my current vehicle in the end. That was was even more minor than this one, that I didn’t attempt to collect on any insurance money at that time. This time I definitely will need to.
Perhaps my biggest downer is that I was planning to start putting extra money towards some other bills I had, to get those completely paid off soon. That may be on hold for the moment outside of minimal payments. This included paying off the remainder of my laptop here, the remainder of my cell phone so that I could upgrade that sooner, and then the rest of my car loan. Less than $1800 left on that last one, but well…shit happened.
Guess who’s probably not traveling very far from his apartment for the immediate future.