I’ve been lacking in inspiration to write in this blog, so I’ve decided to start a series of posts to recount my recent experiences of getting hit by a car and the process that follows.
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This is the first in the series and it’ll just be my side of the story complete with an awesome diagram I drew up in MS Paint.
On Thursday, December 16th, 2010, the DC area witnessed it’s first snowfall of the season. For those at work, it simply meant a long commute home. At around 1:30pm the federal government announced that they would be ‘Open with Option for Unscheduled Leave.’ For me, this meant that I could leave work early and use my Annual or Personal Leave for the remainder of the day. I decided to take advantage of this and left at 2:30pm so that I could avoid driving home dangerously in the dark. Retrospectively, it was probably more dangerous to leave earlier.
I decided to take the small roads through DC to get back to Virginia instead of the Beltway since the traffic maps were already indicating horrific traffic conditions. I was on 16th Street barely half a mile from my office when I tried to come to a stop at the signal on East-West Hwy. My brakes failed as my tires skidded across a slab of ice and snow that had yet to be plowed off the streets. The results? I rear-ended the car in front of me. There was minimal damage to the car that I hit, but relatively significant damage to the hood and grill of my car. I then got out to talk to the owner of the other car and to exchange information. The individual still looked a bit confused so I walked back to my car to call the police. Before I could even reach my door, I looked up and saw a car coming towards me. It hit a car two lanes over that had come to a stop earlier, and then slid right into me. I was backed into my own car and got propped up on top of the hood of the car that hit me. I managed to push myself off and back onto the street. Before I could lose my balance, I put my left hand onto the car and was helped up by the individual from the car that I had hit moments earlier.
What originally was a fender bender, turned into a multi-vehicle double accident with a pedestrian struck. You can’t make this stuff up, people!
For a visual reference, here is what it looked like to me:
Tune in tomorrow to read what happened next. Happy Freaking Holidays, folks!