I haven't even had a chance or the werewithal to write a post about my car accident last Sunday. It wasn't a terrible one - I got rear-ended at a stop light, but it was enough to really shake me up.
I was on my way to the mall (where else does anyone go on the day after Christmas?) and I was traveling on McBean Parkway, which is a fairly fast parkway here in Santa Clarita. Too fast, in my opinion - the speed limit is 50 mph on most of it and that's with several business areas and intersections. Anyway, I was slowing down at a stop light, and then it turned green. Seeing the green light I kept going, but when I got to the intersection, I saw (and heard) an ambulance coming through the intersection. I slammed on my brakes and then a split second later, BAM. The guy behind me slammed into me.
It was a solid hit, like I said. Once I got my wits about me, I moved over to the side of the road as did the man that hit me. They were very very nice - an couple probably in their late 60s, and they were very shook up. It was amazing how little damage my Hyundai Tucson suffered - with a big rubber bumper, it was just scratched up and my muffler appeared to be slightly off-kilter. His car? A Toyota Solara that ended up with major damage - the front end crumbled and one light destroyed. He ended up having the car towed.
I'm very lucky I wasn't hurt. I was worried at first, because I've been having back and neck problems for weeks from stress, and I was worried this would really aggravate it. But so far so good. I'm also grateful that the dogs weren't with me in the car. If they had, they would have been sitting in the back seat. At the time of impact, one of the dogs would have flown into the back of my seat, and probably both of them would have been injured and I could have been seriously hurt. It makes me think twice about taking the dogs for the rides that they love, which is a shame. I guess I'm going to have to look into those doggy seat belts.
It wasn't until I got to the body shop yesterday and we put my car up on the rack that I realized how badly my muffler had been hit. The entire muffler had been shifted to the right and had been deattached on the left - it's totally cockeyed. Luckily the other driver has already agreed to pay for the damage and he has a great friend who owns a body shop and so far has been terrific.
But now I'm really paranoid about driving. It doesn't help that people in this area of Santa Clarita drive way too fast. I told you about McBean Parkway, and that's not the only road with high speed limits. People have told me that the speed limits were set years and years ago when the area was still undeveloped and didn't have the traffic it does now. But now the area has exploded and traffic is very heavy, but the speed limits haven't changed. People are getting killed at intersections all the time here - there was one just about a month ago at an intersection not far from my house.
I really hope I can get over my fear of driving. I guess I must be getting old - I think that if this had happened twenty years ago I would have been able to bounce back right away. Not anymore.