Well I had my first ever major car accident at age 51. I have had several close calls and have hit stationary vehicles or garage doors etc, but nothing like I experienced last night. It was truly terrifying.
I am grateful that everyone involved was able to walk away. I am very sore, especially my chest, back and arm from the airbags and seatbelt. But that I can live with.
I was sighted for failure to yield. Which totally sucks! I was turning left at a major intersection on a yellow light. The car in the far lane had stopped at the light and in the other lane a car sped thru the light and hit me as I was turning. My airbags deployed and my car spun around facing the other direction. There were car parts everywhere on the pavement. It was snowing and wet with a lot of traffic.
When I talked to the insurance company, I could honestly say I was sober and not on my cell phone … again grateful.
Thankfully my husband was in town and we live pretty close to the intersection. I am not sure what I would have done with out him. Just seeing him there calmed me. I was badly shaken and soaking wet from standing in the snow / rain.
Does it suck … sure does, my car was not even 6 months old, but I have gratitude that it wasn’t so much worse. I have several friends who have lost loved ones this week; An elderly mother, an 18 year old son and a 50 year old wife. I will be able to replace the car, but you can not replace a life. We must keep everything in perspective.
Will I be nervous to drive at night …. probably. Will I be extra cautious …. you bet. It is scary how fast things happens and how this life changes every day. I am lucky and blessed!