Buick vs. SUV

This morning was a massive steaming pile of suck. I posted on Facebook that I gave it a 10 out of 10 on the suckiness scale, but Michael said it should be 8 out of 10 because the suck was not my fault and there were no serious injuries.

I had promised Michael I’d drive to his parents’ house and collect a document for him which he needed urgently by 1:00 p.m. that day. I left to go get it at 9:30 a.m. and then like three minutes later, when I was less than a mile from Michael’s house, an SUV pulled out in front of me. I tried to stop and couldn’t, hit them, lost control of my own car and skidded sideways into a deep, rock-studded ravine. My head slammed into the driver’s side window from the impact.

Given the terrain, it’s amazing I didn’t roll the car. As it was I had to climb out the passenger side door because the driver’s side had a very steep drop. A married couple in the car behind the SUV had seen the whole thing and they stopped, and she called 911 while he helped me get my stuff out of the car. The other driver came over crying and hugged me. I’m not sure how bad the SUV was damaged, but my car is totaled. It looks fine on the passenger side, but the entire driver’s side is bashed in. The two witnesses waited until the police arrived, gave statements about what they had seen, and then left. It was pretty clear I was not at fault.

I texted Michael’s mom from the accident scene saying something had happened and I would be unable to get the document. A few minutes later she texted back asking what was going on, but I had other things on my mind at that particular moment and didn’t hear the beep. Not understanding the situation, she was angry about me bailing on my promise to run this urgent errand. She actually called my dad to ask if he knew what exactly I had to do that was more important than my obligation to Michael. Of course Dad knew nothing about it. I didn’t text him or Mom about the accident until things at the scene were sorted, and I didn’t call either of them until I got home.

I could have found a ride back to Michael’s house, or walked for that matter, but they had sent an ambulance to the scene already and I figured I might as well have it take me to the hospital to get my head injury checked out. On the way I told the paramedic about the Charley Project and he wrote down the URL to look at it later. (I’m out of business cards. I need to place a re-order and I keep forgetting to do it.)

While I was still at the ER, Michael’s mom called and asked, “Why can’t you come and pick this up?” And I answered, “Because an SUV pulled out in front of me and my car is trashed and I’ve got a head injury.” And she was like, “…..Oh. Um. Well, I’ll take care of it myself then.” (When Michael’s parents arrived at the house later to drop off what I had been supposed to pick up for him, they gave me a “get well” card. I think maybe his mom might have felt a bit guilty for getting mad and assuming I had no good reason for not picking up the papers he needed. Unfortunately his parents couldn’t get there until four o’clock, which kind of screwed things up a bit for him because he needed the document by one o’clock, but it couldn’t be helped.)

The hospital did a CAT scan. Fortunately I just have a mild concussion, nothing too bad. I was prescribed pain medicine and anti-inflammatories and discharged from the ER, and my friend L. picked me up. When we got back to the house she stuck around for a bit and made me some soup and stuff. She was very concerned about me being alone when I was concussed, but she had to get back to work and couldn’t stay long. I told her I’d be all right.

I sat around watching TV for the rest of the day. L. occasionally texted basic mathematical questions for me to answer so she could reassure herself that I was conscious and lucid. Michael got home from work at five. His mother had told him what I had told her, and he was happy to see for himself that I was all right.

The ER doctor said I should take it easy for a couple of days, and it’s not like I have any other choice — I’ve got no car, after all. I’m just really glad it didn’t turn out to be worse than it was.

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13 thoughts on “Buick vs. SUV

  1. Kim October 1, 2016 / 11:31 pm

    I’m sorry to hear about your accident. Feel better!

  2. Lauren October 2, 2016 / 12:15 am

    That’s awful! I hope you feel better soon and everything works with the insurance companies and everything. L sounds like a great friend. Best wishes.

  3. Jaclyn October 2, 2016 / 12:21 am

    Oh, good grief! I am so sorry for this stinky and sucky accident! I hope things get better, especially your head, and possibly your body…because accidents tend to jar our body more than we realize at the time! Sending my prayers and good thoughts.

    • Meaghan October 2, 2016 / 1:57 pm

      I ache all over today. They say the second and third days after a wreck are usually when you feel the worst. But I’m alive and, when I think about how steep that ditch is, it’s a minor miracle I didn’t roll the car. If I had I would be nursing a lot more than a minor concussion right now. Be grateful for small blessings and all.

      My mom was ranting a bit about irresponsible drivers but I’m not mad at anybody. The SUV driver clearly felt terrible about it. We all mistakes. It’s not like the person was intoxicated or anything like that, just garden-variety failure to yield.

  4. M86 October 2, 2016 / 2:28 am

    I’m glad to hear you’re doing ok after that! My younger brother went through a car accident a couple of winters ago.

  5. Anka October 2, 2016 / 2:52 am

    That’s awful, I’m glad you’re more or less OK, all things considered! I hope you feel better soon.

  6. Kat October 2, 2016 / 8:33 am

    You can’t catch a break lately………glad you are alright and that things weren’t worse. Feel better soon!

  7. Gypsy October 2, 2016 / 10:35 am

    So glad to hear you are going to be okay. That sound like it was really scary.

  8. michael w. October 2, 2016 / 3:09 pm

    I’m sorry, what horrible luck. This might make you feel better, it’s a list of what it’s in your reward package when you put Austin and Perry up:

    DVD’s:

    -Disappeared the complete seasons 1-6, plus extras. Nearly 100 episodes in all!

    -Extremely rare, original airing debut episode of Final Appeal featuring the case of Cathy Ford (Maryland? West Virginia?), who disappeared in 1988. Former police officer Paul Ferrell was convicted of the her murder, but later released. Darvin Moon (from the World Series of Poker) was a witness in the case. There have been sightings of her after her disappearance and some believe she is still alive. One of the very few “Murder without a body” convictions.

    -Murder By The Book episode of Karen & Michael Reinart (Pennsylvania, 1979). Lots of rare photographs here.

    -Power, Privilege and Justice episode on Jenny Soon Chin (New York, 1982), who disappearance is thought to be connected to the murder of her partner and 3 CBS employees.

    -Murder By The Book episode of some of the missing persons thought to be connected to Christopher Wilder, who shot himself to death in 1984.

    -Extremely rare, original airing NBC episode of Unsolved Mysteries in pristine quality chronicling the disappearance of Tara Calico (New Mexico, 1988). The identity of the boy and girl in the photographs remain unsolved. Host Robert Stack also runs down several other missing kids of the late 80’s including David Michael Borer (Alaska, 1989) with an extremely rare photograph.

    -Extremely rare, long sought-after, original NBC airing of Unsolved Mysteries special #4 in pristine quality. Featuring the disappearances of Glen and Bessie Hyde (Arizona, 1928). Also featuring the disappearance of Dottie Caylor (California, 1985), including interviews with her husband Jule and sister Dorothy, her friends and several other interviews.

    And on that note, Meghan, since I know you like to read:

    -an exhaustive, 145 page document on the disappearance of Dottie Caylor, featuring investigators notes, interviews with witnesses and more. A thoroughly detailed report that informs the reader that there are several possibilities of what happened to her. Did she run off to start a new life? Did her husband kill her? Who are the other suspects?

  9. diamondlil16 October 2, 2016 / 3:36 pm

    Oh honey, how frightening. Yes, you will be sore and ache for awhile, plan on several weeks to months, and in my case nothing helps with that. Unless you do ice and heat therapy. (I was rear-ended in 2014 at full speed, it broke my seat and the gas tank and every muscle seemed stretched and my hip got the worst of it)

    And irrc you haven’t had this car for very long.

    One thing to consider since your head was involved, is to get your eyes examined in the next few months. By a full-fledged eye surgeon. My dad was hit head-on 2 years ago, and within 4 months found out he had a detached retina (his airbag deployed).
    Keep any receipt from any follow up visits to give your insurance company. You may even be reimbursed for mileage to office visits.
    Be gentle with yourself, sending you healing thoughts and hugs
    (watch out for some pstd -type symptoms, I was spooked by big white trucks for a long time and still tense up at the accident site as it’s close to my dad’s house)

  10. Kat October 2, 2016 / 9:37 pm

    Ah, the failure to yield. Glad said driver feels bad NOW. I just love those who don’t yield. And those who don’t understand the difference b/w a stop SIGN and stop LIGHT, those who refuse to make a turn when there is not a no turn on red sign, regardless of the backup behind them, and those who just flat out are on their phones. You are so very lucky, it could have been so much worse. My husband (who commutes four hours a day) always says, it’s not how you drive, it is watching out for all those other people. Defensive driving. We’re all really glad you are ok, but there is some sound medical advice above. Hope you are feeling better in a few days! Rest lots and take your time getting back in the swing of things!

    • Meaghan October 2, 2016 / 11:36 pm

      That place is dangerous. It’s a small road off one of the main arteries through the city, with three trailer parks within a mile. (Michael and I live in the nicest of the three.) There’s no sidewalks on this road and no shoulder to speak of on either side, in fact it’s quite a steep dropoff. Yet there are often pedestrians, because there’s a Meijer up the road (it’s a Wal-Mart type store) and because, well, people who live in trailer parks often can’t afford a car.

      So people are always walking to and from the Meijer on this road and there aren’t even any lights there at night. There’s kind of a hill along the way and it’s always a bit scary for me when I drive there after dark and crest the hill and catch the silhouette of a pedestrian ahead in my lights. They often walk on the road itself because there’s almost no room on the sides. I just have to hope they get out of my way.

      I’ve never actually heard of a pedestrian getting hit but I always worry about hitting somebody. The speed limit is 35, which is sensible given the conditions, but drivers will go zooming past me like I’m standing still, probably going 50 at least.

      The SUV was pulling out of the Meijer parking lot when I hit it. Whenever I thought about the potential for accidents I always shuddered and imagined striking a pedestrian and flinging him into the air; I had not given much thought to other cars.

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