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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Ironic? You Tell Me...

So I posted some ugly pictures yesterday of an accident involving three individuals. Two were in a car and one was on a motorcycle (see below). Well, yesterday around 4:30 Trav was involved in a car accident on the highway (Interstate-15). Thankfully he is okay. Both he and I were shaken a bit - as there are many accidents on the freeway that end up...


Watch this. It's jaw dropping.


Trav had his seat belt on, thank goodness, because our airbags didn't deploy. On impact the seat belt locked and kept Trav from head-butting the steering wheel or possibly the windshield. What a blessing. However, since he was going approx 35 or 40 MPH on impact he did hit his head near the driver door window, close to where the seat belt goes into the side of the car (does that make sense?).

I'll post what I understand happened, but know I may have some corrections in my next post.

This situation involved THREE cars and ONE truck. Trav was headed south bound on I-15. He was three cars behind a truck. The truck tire blew and as far as I'm aware, the driver of the truck ended up stopping in the middle of the freeway. I don't know if it was too dangerous to drive far enough to exit on the blown tire or what. All I know is he stopped. The car behind the truck obviously had to stop as well. The car behind the truck and car (if this is making sense) swerved into the other lane, missed hitting the car (behind the truck) and went on his/her merry little way. That left Trav. All Trav remembers is seeing brake lights, slamming on his breaks and hitting the car. There was very little time to react. Trav said he was going between 60 - 65 MPH but because he slammed on the brakes he hit the car, he's guessing, around 35 - 40 MPH (as I stated above). Our car tried to fish-tail, but thankfully, Trav was in the INSIDE lane (aka "the fast lane"). So, as the car started to fish-tail it hit the median separating north bound traffic from south bound traffic. This prevented the car from going into other lanes of traffic.

Thankfully no one involved was hurt. Possibly some whiplash but no broken bones, no cuts, etc. What a miracle. This could have been so much worse. I get a little emotional thinking of how it could have been. I am so grateful Travis is okay. When he called me, he was in shock and sounded worried. After getting little information Trav had to go (the police were arriving on the scene) and I, of course, hung up and started bawling. I am so, so grateful he's okay.

While we may not have a car to our name for the next little bit, I am at peace. I would rather have Trav by my side, healthy, happy, and okay then have a car. Any day.

Travis was not on the phone when the accident happened. Can you imagine how bad it potentially COULD have been if he was?

PLEASE SILENCE YOUR PHONES WHEN YOU DRIVE. DON'T ANSWER CALLS, DON'T MAKE CALLS, DON'T TEXT. JUST DRIVE. FOCUS ON THE ROAD IN FRONT OF YOU.

I'll post pictures as soon as we're able to get to the towing company. I still haven't seen what our car looks like. We'll find out in the next 48 hours if it's considered our fault or not. We'll also find out if our car is "totaled" or not.

I love you Cutie. I am so grateful you're okay. I know I keep saying that, but that's because I really am so grateful. I don't care about the car. We'll be fine in that regard. I care about you.

PS Food for thought: Tires are the ONLY part of your car touching the road. I know this may be a "duh" statement, but REALLY THINK ABOUT IT. Tires are the only part of your car touching the ground. I know there are freak-like-situations where tires just blow out regardless of condition - but please do all you can to take care of your tires. If you lose one of 'em on the road, you may lose your entire car. Heaven forbid, maybe more then that.

(sigh) I am SO grateful...

2 comments:

Lacking Productivity said...

Yikes. What a horrific experience! I am so relieved to hear that you both are safe and well.

Emil, Caroline and An Angel... said...

They can happen for so many reasons and shake us up. What a miracle everyone is alright! Adding a cell phone to it=worse than drunk driving, according to stats.

Glad your both doing good! :)