Saturday, August 11, 2012

Car Accident

I had an accident last week. The good news is: I'm alive uninjured! hooray~ The bad news is: my car is going to hibernate for quite a while.

Anyway, long story short, this is how it happens:

It was raining (not heavy) and I was driving on the highway. The road is certainly wet but otherwise, my vision is clear, the sky is bright and the sun is still smiling. (like this  --> :D ) As any normal human being would be, I drove my car in 110km/h, a very lawful driver, strictly following the speed limit. (a role model to others). Then when my speed is slightly over 110km/h, i decided to slow down, so i slightly braked my car.

... It's weird that after I stepped on the brake pedal, my car actually skidded a bit. I was confused and couldn't understand why it happened. Panic stepped in. And what people do when they are in panic? Yes, I stepped on my brake pedal harder. And guess what happened? My car made an S turn, followed by an O turn. My car was actually spinning and I totally lost control of my car. Fortunately, there wasn't any car behind me, as they probably couldn't avoid hitting me (drive fast in highway) while i was spinning (taking up both lanes). So, luckily there wasnt any car, else you might be now visiting me in the hospital, or worse, mourning me in front of my grave.(hmmm.. wonder how you will react if my skeleton suddenly climbed out from the ground... eh, why am i thinking that?)

Before knowing the real reason of that accident, I actually thought i was being cursed. Well, it was impossible that my car just skidded like that, it never happened before. It was just a normal road. Perhaps i did too much sins and that was the karma, a misfortune to fall upon me.

Then after that I know the real reason, it was my tires. the treads of the tires were completely faded, it was bald! And we all know that the tires wont go bald in just few days, it indicates that i'd been driving in a great risk for several weeks or months! I totally changed my previous thought after that; instead of being cursed, i think that i was being blessed. I'm still alive driving a car with treadless tires for such a long period! What a miracle.

Anyway, this post wasnt so much on the story.. or consequences.. or what i did or what i should do to prevent this... it is about my feelings after the accident. And here it goes:
I wasnt really afraid that i was going to die when my car totally lost control. To be honest, i was puzzled, i totally did not understand why my car would lose control. I've been busy thinking bout the possibilities or reasons to explain why it happened during the spinning moment. And after it happened, and when i was safe, then only i realized how dangerous the situation was.

Life wasn't predictable. It can be just that close to death. And i;m glad that i escaped it. Imagine if this accident didnt happen, i'm certain that something similar will happen in the near future, as i totally unaware that my tires had gone spoilt. The situation could be so much worse than what im facing now. So, i think i'm really being blessed and im thankful for that.

If you had just escaped death, somehow your thoughts will slightly change. You would forget those minor silly things that bugged and annoyed you for years. And started to appreciate things. Well, this is how i feel at the moment. There really are many unimportant things that we should not bother, and many other important things that we should place as our priorities. Perhaps u would just take it for granted when you read this, but once u faced it, u will understand what i was trying to convey.

Anyway, last piece of advice, check your tires. I was told to check my tires, but i actually didnt foresee this to happen to me. What i checked was the sufficiency of air inside the tires, i totally didn't expect the treads of my tires to went off completely. I think i didn't notice it even when i was pumping air into my tires. Things can be very minor that u never think it would happen to you. But just for safety purpose, check it once a while. Emmm..  Just in case, you might as well check it right now immediately after reading this post. :-) Have a happy life ahead!


Darren said...

Appreciate time...don't spend too much time drowning in Diablo 3, haha

Javier Hoppes said...

Good thing you came out of the accident unscathed! Your car, on the other hand, looks pretty much totaled though, especially the front. Well, just look on the bright side: You would be in a lot more trouble if the accident got lots of other cars involved. At this point, it would be a good move to get an auto accident claim. It would be a big help in repairing the car. After all, any financial support you can get is always useful.

Javier Hoppes

Penelope Worrall said...

With the car damage like that, I think you are lucky to walk out of it uninjured. Good thing that there are no other cars involved in the accident. Anyway, did you get some compensation for it? A claim would be handy for the car to get fixed. And maybe, get an overall inspection to check the condition of other parts, so that you can avoid and prevent another accident.

Penelope Worrall

Mike said...

You’re fortunate that most of the impact was on the opposite side of the car from where you are. This experience of yours has relived the importance of checking tires. I admit that sometimes, I intentionally forget about it because I have so much trust in my car. Anyway, it would be better to check the whole condition of the car, and not the tires alone, before going out for a ride. Keep safe! :) - Mike Clark

Nannie Leick said...

Penelope is correct. Accidents have legal repercussions, so you might as well know what you can do to get some compensation for your car. If you’re going to the insurance company, I urge you not to negotiate with them on your own. A legal expert’s help is very useful in these situations, so I suggest you seek one.

Nannie Leick

Guadalupe Puthoff said...

Oh, no! Your car looks badly damaged! The bumper was totally smashed, and it’s got that huge snarling gash running down the left side! I’m glad you were safe and no other cars were involved. Anyway, did you do what Javier suggested? How was your auto accident claim? I hope the insurance company covered all the expenses for your car. That’s pretty expensive repair if you end up shouldering all the payments.

Guadalupe Puthoff

Tracy Pierre said...

Lesson learned: Never drive with a speed beyond 110km/h. There are safety precautions when it comes to driving, and it is for the best that all drivers must follow all of these. On the other hand, it’s great that you did not get hurt nor had severe injuries. I’m also glad that no other person was badly affected by the incident. Did you have compensation for your car, though?

Tracy Pierre