Hi everyone. Nobody wants to be in a car accident, but unfortunately I have been in 3, in the 6 years that I have been driving independently. None of these were my fault which is great, but it is the most frustrating thing. I feel like these have been pretty big events in my life, so I thought I would talk about it. Being in a car accident is a pretty traumatic experience and it is also a very frustrating with all the paperwork and calls that need to be completed afterwards. Since I got my first car back in 2013, I have had full car insurance as I don’t trust people on the road, and this is one of the best decisions I have made.
It was coming up to me having my full license for 1 year. I had finished work for the day, but I still had to drop off some parcels before heading home (I wasn’t told to do this, I just thought I’d do the right thing by my boss. If I had never have done a good deed nothing would have happened…)
The area where the post office was, was quite unfamiliar to me. I left the post office and came up to a cross intersection where I thought I had right of way (there was no stop sign or a line on the road) so I just drove through at 40-50km. Suddenly to my left I saw a huge truck coming, I slammed my breaks on but the truck hit me from the side. I was spun around, all my tires popped, my windscreen smashed all over me and my bonnet and front of the car was crushed. Thankfully I made it out with no injuries. The truck driver got out to see if I was ok, and someone called 000 (emergency) but I don’t know who it was. It was the scariest thing I had ever been through, so far. The ambulance, fire brigade and police arrived. I was checked over by the ambulance, but luckily I was all good. My Dad just worked around the corner so he came and picked me up and took me home. My car was a write off (no longer drivable or fixable) so I was car-less for a little while, until I got my new one 2 weeks later. This all happened the day before the Easter long weekend, so that was all basically ruined for me.
Those 2 weeks without having a car were pretty weird. I also felt like I lost all my independence. You don’t realise how much you depend on having a car to drive when you don’t have one anymore.
This accident was more minor but it still definitely counts. I was driving to my Nan’s place one night after work. I turned right and then stopped, as the cars in front of me were stopped. A car in the other lane going in the opposite direction did a right hand turn, completely cut the corner and ripped the whole back bumper off my car. I wasn’t even moving at the time and got hit.
Everyone was ok and we exchanged details. He had the cheek to ask me if I wouldn’t go through my insurance company as he didn’t have insurance himself and the car he was driving wasn’t even his. Nice try buddy, I don’t pay for full insurance not to use it.
Lucky my car was still ok. A few weeks later I was able to get it repaired and it turned out almost brand new again. Though for the time I had to wait, I had to drive around with rope holding the bumper to my car – it was so embarrassing, so I couldn’t wait to get it fixed.
This one is a more recent one. I was driving into work on a Monday morning. I just moved over to the right lane to overtake. Suddenly our lane went to a sudden stop, so from 100km to 0km. The car in front of me stopped, so I braked and stopped. When suddenly the two cars behind me rammed into me as one of them wasn’t concentrating and failed to stop. This made my car spin around and hit the car in front. Yet again another accident where I got hit when I wasn’t moving.
This was by far the worst accident of them all. Turned out there were 5 cars involved and two people went to hospital. I can’t even tell you how anxious I was at this time. When the accident happened, my drivers side door was blocked so I had to climb over to the passenger side and force the door open so I could get out, and I called 000 straight away. Ambulances, fire brigades, police and the road department came.
Unfortunately my poor car again was a write off (no longer drivable or fixable), it lasted me a good 4 years, but could have lasted me a lot longer, if it wasn’t for some idiot not concentrating. The rear of it was completely smashed in and ruined.
This accident resulted in me being in pain all over my body (including back, shoulders, legs and arms), whiplash and many bruises. You don’t realise how roughed around you get. I had 1 week off work because of this. Thankfully the roads department compensated me for my loss of wages as the accident wasn’t my fault.
I have been so lucky to only suffer minor injuries throughout all of these accidents.
It was then time to go car shopping yet again. I am very lucky that my uncle works for a car dealership, so can get me amazing cars for cheap prices, so this has made it so much easier for me to get a car.
I honestly hope to never be in a car accident again, I feel as if I have had my fair share. The world has tried to kill me many times and every time has failed.
Comment below if you have had any car accidents (if you don’t want to, that’s fine too!), it would be nice to know if I am not alone.
Always wear a seat belt while driving, don’t get distracted by your phone behind the wheel, don’t drink and drive, and be cautious while driving a vehicle.
Thanks for reading.