December 9, 2009
That was the sound I heard tonight when I got pounded in an intersection. The first was the sound of some idiot blowing through the red light -- way, way into the red light -- and the second was the sound of the right-side airbag deploying... which would have been a Godsend, except nobody was sitting in that seat. (Ordinarily that's where I would be sitting, because usually Sachi is driving; but tonight, I was alone. Whew!)
Here's what went down in the big city: I exited off the freeway; at the end of the offramp was a red light, and I came to a full stop. I was even annoyed, because the instant I stopped, the light turned green. I started out, crossed both of the northbound lanes fine; but halfway through the southbound lanes, I got perfectly t-boned.
The impact was enough to spin my BMW 180° around, so I was facing the opposite way on the street. But I take my hat off (or I would, but I don't wear a hat -- I'm not Matt Drudge) to the powerful German engineering at Bayerische Motoren Werke AG: Even with that heavy a pounding -- I'm sure the nut was going about 45 or 50 -- the car was still drivable enough after the accident to make a Y-turn, get facing the right direction, and drive part way up the block and park it more or less out of the way.
Neither I nor the other driver was hurt; but his car lost practically its entire front end, and our two right doors are munched. Still, I have hopes that the frame isn't bent and we can get off with just some replacement doors. I also hope that he won't go home and claim that he had the green light: Though the fact that I crossed two lanes of a busy street without hitting anything is pretty good evidence, I would think, that I had the green and he had the red.
My guess is that if he's that inattentive a driver, going through a red a solid five seconds after it changed, that he's probably got a bad driving record; mine is perfect. Maybe the two insurance companies will take that into account when they're deciding who to charge with the accident.
Anyway, that's why my homework was late, Teacher. I mean my second blogpost; I'll try to post it later tonight.
Hatched by Dafydd on this day, December 9, 2009, at the time of 11:50 PM
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The following hissed in response by: MikeR
Glad no one was hurt.
The following hissed in response by: Sabba Hillel
Glad no-one was hurt. While most jurisdictions require police reports only if someone was injured, it would be a good idea to make sure that one is filed for the record. It would have been a good idea to get the names of witnesses, such as the guy in the first southbound lane or in the northbound lanes who can testify that they were stopped for the light when you went past them.
The above hissed in response by: Sabba Hillel at December 10, 2009 6:12 AM
The following hissed in response by: Geoman
Glad to hear you are okay. Now the real pain begins....
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