Having just read and commented on Ginnie’s blog about her accident and her new car, I was reminded of a series of accidents that I was involved in although I only ended up being an observer of the third incident. Believe it or not, I was the innocent and blameless lamb in all three cases.
The first happened on a Sunday morning in Detroit. We were visiting Cuppa’s aunt, and the three of us were on our way to church. A red light loomed in front of me, and like a good Canadian boy in a foreign land (although I didn’t know it at the time, I was really still a boy), I stopped in strict obedience to the law. Immediately, I heard the squeal of a braking car behind me before we were pummeled. That was a bit of a shock to the system, let me tell ya: particularly for Cuppa as it eventuated shortly thereafter.
Although banged up, the car was drivable, so we continued on our way to church. During the hymn portion, however, Cuppa suddenly felt faint and shocked us by sitting abruptly. She didn’t actually sit but plunked onto the chair. This was quite a concern to me and her aunt as Cuppa was pregnant with Thesha at the time. However, both mother and child were to be fine. Phew!
Many years later, a somewhat similar event occurred. There was a red light ahead; it wasn’t sudden, and I had lots of time to stop, which is fortunate because I found the conditions underneath to be dangerously slippery. Having been rear-ended once, I was immediately leery and glanced in the rearview mirror. Sure enough, the car directly behind me wasn’t able to stop in time. Thunk. Then a third car collided with the second. Strangely enough, only the third car was charged in the aftermath. That’s something that to this day, I don’t understand as she did not drive the second car into me. That car hit me under her own momentum; she wasn’t pushed.
Needless to say, I have since been even more aware — if that’s possible — of the danger of sudden stops. That was to prove fortunate since I was about to play the Third Time’s a Charm game. Fortunately, it proved to be true.
The third incident did not occur at an intersection. I was simply driving along when the cars in front stopped suddenly for some reason. It wasn’t a really speedy road, but we weren’t crawling either. Fortunately, since I am usually careful about leaving space between me and the car in front, I had no difficulty braking. But my previous experiences taught me to look in the mirror, and I began to see the inevitable occurring behind me. Fortunately I had the presence of mind to check the other lane, see that it was clear, and swerve over before the the car behind me was rear-ended. It’s amazing what your mind can instantly process. I think I would have been in the clear regardless, but it was better to be safe than sorry.
Because I had momentum from swerving I thought it best to keep going, for I had somewhere to be. After I completed my little errand, I drove to the police station to tell them what I had witnessed. They said that the officer was still there investigating, so I headed back and left my name with the policeman. He said something about wondering about the car that left the scene, but he wasn’t really interested in any testimony that I had to offer, which was that the car two behind had been travelling too fast and too closely behind to the vehicle in front of him.
Those are my three encounters of a similar theme. Now, of course, more situations spring to mind. Has a series just begun, and how many accidents has AC been involved in? Even AC doesn’t quite know the answer to the first part of that question … although, like you, I have my suspicions 🙂