Tell Us About Your First Car Accident

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Car accidents suck for everyone, but they happen. Hopefully your first one wasn’t too serious and you weren’t hurt. Tell us about it.

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Predictably, mine happened in the high school parking lot. Well, I don’t count the technically first one, which was just someone scraping my bumper because they didn’t know how to properly pull into a spot yet.

No, the actual accident happened during the morning rush hour. A line of us were filing into the senior parking lot, parking in our assigned spaces. My space was on the left, so I put on my blinker, braked and started to turn into the spot. And then there was an impact from the side. The kid behind me had “looked down for just a second” and crashed right into my left rear quarter-panel.

We got out to inspect the damage. The front of his car was a little banged up, but my back wheel was bent inwards. It looked like the axle had been damaged for sure.

The police showed up and took both of our statements. My car had to be towed to the shop. Thankfully nobody was hurt at all. I guess accidents really do tend to happen more often in parking lots.

Now it’s your turn!

(h/t to Tom!)

Writer at Jalopnik and consumer of many noodles.

DISCUSSION

I got rear ended by a woman who was on her phone. She got out, didn’t want to call the cops... or give me her info... or anything. Just wanted to leave. She hit me hard enough that he radiator was cracked and leaking fluid and my bumper was hanging on by only a single clip. No airbags luckily.

I call the cops, they show up. She is pissed, yelling at me for “stopping on a busy road.” Keep in mind this was merge and the person in front of me, plus about 40 other people were also stopped. She was the only one still moving in the line of traffic.

Anyways, she was cited for a couple of things and we both went on our way.

Well, she canceled her insurance before I got a chance to report it to mine (it happened on a Sunday). Took a whole lot of back and forth and finding the police officer on scene since the accident wasn’t written up, only the citations because apparently they don’t have to write up an accident they think is less than $1000 in damage. Not sure if it’s true or not just the excuse I was given over and over again when I called about the report.

Anyways, driving around for 6 months without a bumper and finally get insurance to fix it. I get the car back. Leave the body shop and head to the bank. It’s a 4 lane road. I’m turning left, there is a traffic signal about 50 yards behind me and the exit from the bank is a right only meaning I only have to worry about oncoming traffic.

Well, I was wrong. The light was red so two people stopped to let me get into the back packing lot. Then I see out of the corner of my eye someone taking a left out of the bank, and then I feel the hit.

My brand new and freshly painted bumper is on the ground. Luckily no sheet metal damage again.

The person who hits me must have panicked and stepped on the gas and T-bones another person.

Then I notice the car... IT WAS THE SAME FUCKING WOMAN WHO HIT ME 6 MONTHS AGO. TO THE DAY!

She starts yelling at me, the guy she T-boned, and then the cop who pulls up because he was in the line of traffic and saw the whole thing. She was then arrested for driving on a suspended license, operating an uninsured vehicle and resisting arrest plus a couple of other things.

Luckily, I ticked the little check box to cover for uninsured vehicles when my insurance renewed and it wasn’t the same BS as before and the car was fixed in 2 weeks.