by James Newman
one morning on my way to work i was driving down a five lane road. there was a car in the center lane waiting for me to pass so she can turn into the neighborhood on my left. on the road leading out of the neighborhood was a large 4 door waiting for me to pass so he can make a left onto the main road. anyways, he decided to go for it & tried to dart between me & the other car. he did not succeed. instead he hit my car causing me to flip & hit the car in the center lane. i remember hearing the car crumble & glass break. at the same time the airbag deployed & i assume the plastic cover on the steering wheel whacked me in the face. everything briefly went black in the middle of the flip. when i landed the car was on itís wheels but facing the opposite direction. i was a bit disoriented, but tried to assess any bodily damage as there was blood down the front of my shirt. people arrived rather quickly & told me to stay in the car.
i asked about the others & was told i got it the worst: an obviously broken nose, airbag burn on my neck & part of my face, a few cuts & glass embedded in my skin. i eventually got out of the car & could see two girls from the waiting car crying & two boys from the other; all were 16 & 17. The girlís car had a damaged front, but the boysí car looked fine for the most part. a quick ambulance ride to the hospital for a clean up & x-ray. a cop arrived & told me the driver of the sedan was only 16 & was driving his grandfatherís car. they were fine. girl driver was fine, but her passenger had a broken nose. the passenger was hysterical because she ďhad a perfect nose.Ē she wasnít wearing a seatbelt & probably smacked the dashboard. now she knows better.
i wound up with a scar on
my eyelid & the broken nose was fixed. i handle pain rather well,
but having a stitch pulled from my nostril was the worst pain iíve ever
felt in my life. imagine someone snatching a hair from your nostril x 10.
a tear rolled down my face. i donít think my lawyer got me as much as i
deserved, but it was enough to cover medical bills & pay off my student
loan. i was a bit pissed that i didnít get much for the car.
i just bought new tires for it & had always put a lot of work into
it. i donít drive any differently because of the accident. i just
have to keep in mind that other drivers might be retarded.