Nice Day for a Crash

My girlfriend was having a flat warming this weekend. I was on my way to get ice and managed to collect an older couple in a white station wagon. Fortunately, it wasn’t my fault, they failed to give way and no-one was hurt.

From Crash!

I was going north on St Andrews road, they were tuning out of a side street to go south on St Andrews and just didn’t see me. These things seem to happen in slow motion but before I knew it I was locked up and had hit them in their right front bumper. I pulled over and jumped out after seeing it was an older couple to check if they were ok. I think they thought I was coming to give them a piece of my mind or something more as they looked rather concerned however they were both fine. Shocked, but ok.
About 20 people appeared out of the surrounding houses, taking photos, etc.
Things looked worse than they were and all the water that poured out from under the couple’s bonnet was only the reserve water not the radiator. The damage to my car was only minimal. The bumper and licence plate were rather ‘modified’ but no structural damage that I have been able to notice. We exchanged details and thanked each other for being so pleasant.
The poor guy, by his own admission, he’s not had an accident in 25yrs and it must be sobering to realise that after such a good run, your reflexes are starting to betray you. The damage to his car was minor compared to his self confidence…. “ I just didn’t even see you… I hate to admit it is because of my old age but it sure looks like it… I’ve never had an accident in 25yrs…etc”

As for me, it was more traumatising calling the insurance company and getting them to sort things out for me. I must also admit that it won’t go down too badly for me as I had already damaged the bumper myself and now it has been more thoroughly damaged, I’ll have insurance to replace it.

Delayed the ice for a bit but all is ok now. If you’re going to have a crash, then you’d want them all to be as hassle/temper free as that one.

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3 Responses to “Nice Day for a Crash”

  1. Jamie Says:

    Wow.. good attitude. 🙂

  2. belle80 Says:

    its amazing how fast it can happen! In the blink of an eye, crash, bang and the overwhelming bewilderment. Glad this one wasn’t serious and the insurance will cover! Take care on the roads out there.

  3. owenjohn Says:

    Cheers Jamie… No gain to had in blowing up I suppose. Besides, I’ve been broken into, dinged etc. so many times, I’m not sure that it is that big a deal anymore. Also, my car is not that flash. =)

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