Monday, March 15, 2010

Mine or His Fault

Wouldn’t it be nice to have the whole road to yourself? Worries of accidents caused by people and not myself would not be an option. On several occasions I wonder what it would be like to have my hands on the wheel with nothing on my mind, nothing to worry about except with the worry of my long brown hair getting tangled from the blowing breeze through my driver’s side window. When driving my 2002 Blue Mercury Cougar I feel as though I have the whole world in the palm of my hand with the feeling that nothing can stop me, but who could be stopped at that moment. Although, I know this may not be the case, no one says I can’t dream.

While writing about some of my insane driving experiences, it takes me back to the day when it all happened, when I say my life flash before my eyes. Although there are many stories to tell it was on incident that I can honestly say I will not ever forget for as long as I live, in which I’m sure you can relate to with one incident or another.

The sun was shining, the flowers were blooming, dogs were playing outside, and it was a day that would describe summer and everything that goes along with it as well. It was on this blazing hot August day that I knew the world was given to me and it was my choice to do whatever I wanted with it. I loved my shiny blue Mercury Cougar, with leather seats, green dashboard lights, a stereo system that will rattle your head and everything else a teenage girl dreams about. With me being the clean freak that I am, I was on my way to wash my beloved car for probably the third time that week. The feeling of the sun hitting my skin that was coming through the sunroof was almost something that was unexplainable. With my music turned up so loud you could hear it on the other side of the world and, my hair blowing all over the place I was in heaven. I went about on my way down the busy streets. My car was clean; there was a smile on my face that could light up a room.

While driving down the road, I came up to a black Jetta. I was not able to understand why this car was stopped in the middle of a busy afternoon rush; it was that instant I was unable to stop my car in time to avoid hitting the black car. With my reaction of not wanting to hit the car, I instantly swerved into the other lane where there were several cars driving at. It was at this very moment I lost control of my entire car. Going a little over fifty-five miles an hour it was right then that I hit the car from that lane and was then thrown into the other lane by another car.

Closing my eyes to escape the fact I was about to go down, that my life after this moment would never be the same. I heard a big bang and was instantly thrown to the passenger side of my car, with everyone hearing it within a 10 miles radius. After hitting my head against the door, I was found to be unconscious at that very moment. The next thing I can remember is having someone drag me through the left window of my Mercury Cougar so they would be able to get me out of the car. I could hear the sound of an ambulance coming down the busy road. I was just awake enough to give a man that happened to be across the street the number to my house so that my parents were able to come make sure I was okay.

With my parents having a panic attack, I regained my consciousness. I was talking to this man that was working on the construction site across the road about what had just happened. Explaining to him I was not able to remember the details of my accident, he told me I hit the curb with my car over three feet in the air and went down a ditch and hit a light pole head on. He was surprised to see that I was able to walk but was obviously not hurt to the extreme standards I probably should have been. I refused to get in the ambulance but by this time my parents had arrived and I had no choice but to do what they told me. Heading quickly to the hospital in the ambulance, I passed out until we were able to get to the emergency room where I then suddenly found myself bleeding a large magnitude. With my parents sitting there by my side, feuding among each other, the doctor came in to examine me from head to toe. The doctor did everything from taking my blood pressure, checking my temperature, and looking inside my eyes.

The doctor enters the room and makes an announcement to all who was there that I was going to survive despite my very feelings at that moment in time. It was such a relief to know I was going to be alright with just a little bit of antibiotics and lots of rest within the next few of those days. My parents treated as though I was a princess, being was very caring, and was also very able to take care of all my needs in order for me to feel better. It was longer than a few days to where I was almost starting to feel like myself once again. The bleeding had stopped but the only thing that had not been my flashbacks of my accident and the many nightmares I was experiencing.

It can be asked is this more of my fault that it is of the black jetta? Should the black jetta be the one who should end up being cited for the accident? I have strong feelings going both ways on this subject. I believe a broken down car should not have been in the middle of the road like it was, but how am I to explain that to a police officer? The laws are the laws and with me being that certain experience, I lost my license, did not receive money for my car, and also lost my insurance.

It was on that summer night that my driving would change forever. It felt like a million years until I was able to drive again without any troubles. I learned a valuable lesson; always drive with one hundred percent of my attention when on the road, that driving can cause you or someone else’s life in only a heartbeat. Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly!


  1. Im very sorry to hear about your car accident. While reading I was terrified because I thought I was in the car for a minute. So I can only imagine how you felt during all that. Good thing you are alright and learned your lesson.

    But I do have to agree that a car shouldn’t be in the middle of the street if it is broken down. If it isn’t moving and doesn’t have its hazard lights on then that can cause all types of problems for other drivers. Also if their car was messed up they should have tried to get it out of the road.

  2. Wow, I’m so glad that you were able to survive that crash. Reading your story makes me feel as if I had been there as a witness to what had happened. I would also be kind of pissed of about my car though too, for you had in my opinion a really nice car.
    Also I have to agree with you and hillblogger, for that car should not have been left in the middle of the road. Your never supposed to leave your car in the middle of the road. It’s to be push off to the side and if possible have its blinkers running for a warning.

  3. Some nice compliments about your ability to show, not tell, Kelsey.