Well, I had a bit of excitement this afternoon on my way home from work. I was driving down a 4 lane divided highway when someone decided to make a left turn right in front of me. I couldn’t avoid them because the distance was so close, so we collided. While I have been in other, minor, car accidents this one was the first I had been in where the speed was in excess of 35 MPH and air bags were deployed.
I think I’m OK so far although I have a lot of soreness in my knee and shoulders and some abrasions on my arms from the airbag plus I was a bit shaken up after the collision. I decided not to take a backboard ambulance trip to the hospital though. I’ll probably go see my primary care physician tomorrow just to make sure all is well.
My van, which was rather old, was pretty much totaled by the accident. It was maybe worth $1000 or so before the accident. The real pain in the butt was that I had just put brand new tires on it a couple of weeks ago and I had just filled it up with $3.95 a gallon gasoline yesterday. That sucked.
I’m going to be looking for a new vehicle over the next few days. I’m kind of torn here. I like the idea of a bigger vehicle like a mini-van. I feel safer in one particularly after this accident. Although, with gas most likely going over $4 a gallon, a smaller car might be a better choice. I will be buying used and cheap though. Feel free to throw out your suggestions for a replacement vehicle in the comments.