What a wonderful Monday I had yesterday!
I was the 3rd car in a 4 car sandwich on the N2 northbound, below the Clare Rd bridge (if that means anything at all to you, dear reader), at 7:50 in the morning. The BMW in the front of our happy little party jumped on his brakes, so so did we. I actually recall a feeling of relieved joy that I was going to be able to stop in time – I could see that I would make it….
…. then the Uno in front of me hit the Beemer and bounced back, causing me to hit her, shortly after which the Toyota behind me struck me. Terrific.
Thankfully, and praise be to God for this, we all got out and walked to each other to exchange details, so there were no serious or even major injuries. My car, however, needed towing back to a panelbeater – damage to the rear and front left, extensively in the front. The engine wouldn’t even try to turn over. The Uno also took a big knock, but the other 2 (outer, and much bigger) cars were not too bad at all.
Fortunately my father happened to be at the Spaghetti junction on his way to work when I called him, so he could swing by the scene in short time. This was handy since I had someone to give a squash bag full of my car’s stuff to when they towed my little red car away. Fortunately again, a work colleague happened to be in the left lane (my car had been towed to the other (left) side of the road by then to get it out the way) and recognised me. He stopped, and gave me a lift to work, so my dad didn’t need to be taken further out of his way. All that’s left now is to wait for a quote on my car and hope it can be repaired – it didn’t look bad to either of us, but we can’t really judge such matters.
The other wrinkle is that the Uno driver was not insured, but she needs to deal with our insurance companies in that case I’m afraid – that’s why you pay for insurance. I was contacted today with regards to her, since she was apparently treated for severe whiplash at St. Augustine’s afterwards, which is odd, since she got out and walked around just fine after the incident. In any event, it’s now in the insurer’s hands.
I realise this infrequently updated blog has become a continual stream of bad news and little positive – I promise I’ll find something nice to say soon. In the meantime, I can say my outlook on the whole thing is that the car is just a car, the important thing is that we all walked away from it okay (and I’m perfectly fine).