Well it finally happened. After 7 years of driving without so much as tapping another person's vehicle, I did an estimated $5000 worth of damage to a Hyundai Santa-Fe SUV.
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What could possibly be worse than causing an accident like this? Not even remembering how it happened!
The best I can remember:
I was approaching a light at an intersection and came to a complete stop. We sat there for a minute while other traffic went, and finally the light turned green. I was the #2 car in the left lane, and the person in front of me released their brakes to start accelerating from the intersection. I followed suit, briefly glancing down to adjust my sling supporting my left arm (from a 4-wheeler accident July 29th.). The next thing I knew I slammed into the rear of an SUV, jamming my driver's door closed. There was no airbags deployed, which kindof scares me. If the impact was strong enough to trip the fuel-pump inertia switch, shouldn't it trip the air bags too??
After the accident, the "victim" stated she stopped in the intersection for a car that turned left in front of her (running the red turning light).
I sandwiched my arm between my chest and the steering wheel upon impact. There was an 11 month old boy in the car properly restrained in a rear-facing child seat who was uninjured. The driver of the other car suffered minor neck-soreness in the day after the accident. I broke another bone in my wrist and compression-fractured another, along with getting minor whiplash in my neck and shoulders from the impact.
Lesson learned - never take your eyes off the road!!!
My damage: $3000.60
Hood, fender, bumper, lower bumper valance, header panel, core support, headlight, both turn-signals, both aftermarket grills
Her damage: $5000
rear hatch, fender, all rear lights (total of 4)
Unfortunantly the rear fender also extends above both doors on one side all the way to the A-pillar. This means that whole section will have to be removed and replaced. I guess that's why it's so expensive?
Not a single citizen stopped, even after I FELL out of the passenger's side of my truck with my arm already in a sling, STRUGGLED to my feet, and LIMPED up to the other car to check out the condition of the passenger's, all while still dizzy and woozy from the incident.
Springdale, Arkansas police handled this accident very, very poorly, and I am writing a letter to the editor of the newspaper and to the responding officer's supervisor.