So, after approximately 1500 miles on the road in a rental, we returned to Los Angeles and were rear-ended in our car. SIGH.

The good news is that no one was injured beyond the basic rear-ending type injuries (I have some signs of minor whiplash and soreness around the seat belt touch-points), though we were all really worried when Grace started screaming after impact. She’d been asleep and was just really scared. Not a nice way to wake up!

We were at a complete stop and I think the guy who hit us was going about 5 mph, so I can’t see any damage beyond a tiny dent and some paint scratches, but I am waiting until our insurance office is open to find out where to get the car looked at. At least we probably don’t have to replace the car seats, which would really tick me off (not that I’d object to getting the kids safe seats, but because it would be such a complex endeavor).

So, let’s recount all of the car accidents I’ve been in, not counting things like scratching other cars in parking lots (which of course I never did, especially not as a teenager).

17th birthday: rear-ended another car in the rain when she stopped short in front of me due to a third car driving erratically. This one involved a lawsuit (she sued me)! Car totaled.

18 years old: spun out on black ice, friend driving behind me crashed into the side of my car his brother was riding in (no injuries, THANK GOD). Car drivable but totaled.

20 years old: made a left turn out of a parking lot. Woman turning left from street across the way pulled out, saw me, stopped, then COMPLETED HER TURN RIGHT INTO ME. Then she called her adult son who called someone to pretend to be a witness. I convinced the police they were scammers. Car NOT totaled.

(21 years old, probably shouldn’t count, and anyway I think Will was driving: stopped on country road for deer to cross in front of us, one of the deer ran head-first into the side of our car. Insurance companies were not called. Car dented but fine.)

21 years old: stopped at red light, man going about 35-40 mph switched lanes into my car. Why he was not STOPPING FOR THE LIGHT is anyone’s guess. He later made up a story about a third car cutting him off, and somehow the insurance companies believed him. Entire frame of Will’s car was bent, car totaled.

31 years old: last night, car NOT totaled. I’m pretty sure.

Hmmm, seems like there was more than that. But really, that is plenty.

11 thoughts on “SOMEONE CALL ALANIS

  1. Amy

    June 25, 2010 at 9:11pm

    I AM GLAD YOU AND THE BABIES ARE OKAY. [/internet guilt]

    I’ve only been in one accident, which was sort of my fault (I was turning left, she was going straight), but also totally her fault (she was speeding in excess of 20mph).

    Unless you count the time I was hit from behind by an undercover cop. It was just a tap, though. And then he pulled around the side of me and it was very awkward because I didn’t know if I was supposed to stop and get out, so I just sort of waved him away.

    But more to the point, I’M GLAD YOU AND THE BABIES ARE OKAY.

  2. Jenifer

    June 25, 2010 at 9:13pm

    I’m glad that you all are okay!!

    I’ve been in several accidents in my life with the second one at 19 (first was at 18 and I was rear-ended, last car in a five car pile up to be hit), a guy ran a stop sign and I t-boned him. My back has been screwed up ever since.
    .-= Jenifer´s last post ..Knitting Fairy =-.

  3. courtney

    June 25, 2010 at 9:13pm

    FIRST! I am glad you guys are ok. That’s terrifying. I don’t drive but I’ve been in the passenger’s side for really little things (like turtling into a pole) but it always feels HUGE and scary. And this was not a small thing to have happened so. Just glad you are ok.

    20 years old: made a left turn out of a parking lot. Woman turning left from street across the way pulled out, saw me, stopped, then COMPLETED HER TURN RIGHT INTO ME. Then she called her adult son who called someone to pretend to be a witness. I convinced the police they were scammers. Car NOT totaled.

    Is it terrible that I mentally rearranged the ages in this story and then thought, “That would be a great opening in a YA novel.” That is awful isn’t it (but maybe if one day you write a YA novel WELL THERE YOu GO). But it is a crazy story. And I am glad it did not end in a totaled car.
    .-= courtney´s last post ..release dates & delicious food =-.

  4. Peggy Archer

    June 25, 2010 at 9:18pm

    The important part is that you all are fine. Everything else is secondary
    .-= Peggy Archer´s last post ..Mid-week poll =-.

  5. ChiaLynn

    June 25, 2010 at 9:19pm

    Also very glad that everyone (including the car) are okay, if a bit battered and shaken. (Which is okay if you’re a chicken, but not if you’re a person.)

    I’ve only been rearended once. Driving up Topanga, FedEx truck started to pull into a turnout, decided against it, swerved back onto the road; guy in front of me hit the brakes, I hit the breaks… Lady behind me didn’t hit the breaks in time. She hit me, shoved me into him. Fortunately, none of us were going very fast. There was ANOTHER wreck on the other side of the street. The cops looked over, one of them asked if we were okay, I said we were, and they went back to the other wreck while we exchanged info.

    I also got hit once by an old man who came across two (empty) lanes to get into the left turn lane, and didn’t notice I was already in it. I got out, looked at the damage to my door, asked if he was okay, and he said, “I’m not worried about me. I’ll be dead soon anyway.” Six weeks later, he was. I read his obit in the paper.
    .-= ChiaLynn´s last post ..Neighborhood Snapshot: The Roman Holiday =-.

  6. Mary

    June 25, 2010 at 10:27pm

    Glad you guys are all fine! That is very scary. I have a serious phobia of car accidents and I am always nervous on the road.
    .-= Mary´s last post ..FaceBook Ad FAILS =-.

  7. janeray1940

    June 26, 2010 at 12:26am

    Oh, man. I just got rear-ended last week, similar situation, I was stopped, the other driver wasn’t paying attention. No injuries, minimal damage, but it makes me want to stop driving because OMG PEOPLE JUST DON’T PAY ATTENTION!

    Glad you are all OK.

  8. Katherine

    June 26, 2010 at 12:39am

    I love you and I’m sorry I didn’t get in touch beyond Twitter. I guess that I’ll have to buy you 2 tattoos for your birthday now.

    I wonder if Sam will remember this later and tell the story. It could be like “The Tale of That Time We Ran Out of Gas on the Way Back from the Swimming Pool” in my family.

    My question is, what have you done to the universe that makes it want to run into you with cars? Maybe it has you confused with someone else? Like Jillian Whatsherface from Good Day LA. She needs to be in many car accidents.

    I’m also glad you don’t have to get new car seats. I didn’t even know that was a thing! Why is that a thing?

    Also, I’ve never been rear-ended, but I totally have whiplash!

    I love you!
    .-= Katherine´s last post ..NOW I’m gonna have an MRI. =-.

  9. Annika

    June 26, 2010 at 9:01am

    The car seat thing is the same as helmets (or similar), in that the foam inside them can be damaged on impact. Um, I think. (The foam also erodes over time, which is why you are supposed to destroy car seats after six years. Guess how old Grace’s is EXACTLY. She’ll grow out of it any day now, though.)

  10. Swistle

    June 26, 2010 at 1:40pm

    That must have been SO scary, with the kids in the car! I’m really glad you didn’t have to replace the car seats, and that everyone was okay. Wait, scratch that, reverse it.
    .-= Swistle´s last post ..OMG GET THROUGH DAY SOMEHOW =-.

  11. CosmicAvatar

    June 27, 2010 at 12:24am

    Yikes. Glad everyone’s OK.

    That 20-year-old story made me angry. Cheeky buggers.

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