I am a shaken up wreck today! Quite literally actually. Today is the first day of classes at the #MonstersUEvent in San Francisco. I am off to tour Pixar Studios tonight, but I didn’t get here with ease. I live about 2.5 hours from San Francisco and it was my job this morning to leave early and pick two other bloggers (good friends) up from the SF airport. There were 50 mph winds blowing my car all around as I drove through all of the agricultural. It was already a stressful drive because I was holding onto my steering wheel for dear life, so I wouldn’t be blown off the road. I made it through all of the wide open spaces, only to hit the last of the morning traffic around Richmond, CA (near Oakland).
Only 5 minutes from my hotel, and 25 minutes from the airport, traffic was moving right along at about 50 mph, when all of a sudden there was a stand still. I slammed on my brakes so I wouldn’t hit the person in front of me. I was able to make a complete stop and still have some room between me and the car in front of me. Then I looked up in my review mirror, to make sure the car behind me was able to stop. All I saw was a white utility truck like the one pictured above (but older), swerving to the left, to miss me. Then it happened…. I took pictures because I read that it is necessary to document the damage to your vehicle after a car accident.
He didn’t miss me. I’m so grateful that my kids weren’t in the car because they would have been badly hurt. The tire is mutilated and I was lucky that I was able to pull the car off to the side of the interstate. This happened on a 5 lane freeway and I believe the truck was going around 50, but braking. I was not taken to the hospital, but I hit my head pretty hard on the driver’s side window. I’m starting to wonder if I should be checked out. No wounds or bleeding. I just have a very sore neck, back, head and arm. The guy who hit me apologized and asked me if I was okay. I took these photos after the car was towed and taken to the tow yard. I’ve already taken the car to an auto collision repair shop, and I’ve been told that it might take some time before I can drive it again. Unfortunately, I borrowed my mom’s car today! I’m sorry mom!!!!
It is difficult to tell, but the back window was blown out, as well as the rear side window. The back door was also smashed all the way into the back seat. I’m so lucky that I’m not worse off! I hate that I’ve become a statistic for accidents on the freeway. I didn’t hit the car in front of me, thank goodness, and the fault should all be on the other driver. The tow truck driver was very kind and drove me to my hotel since cabs were backed up. Police officers were on site fairly quickly, because they weren’t too far behind. The crazy thing is that the airbag never deployed! The tow truck driver was shocked! Always be wary as car accidents happen when you least expect it. Sigh – what a way to start a trip huh?! Wish me well!!
Read how I am recovering two months out from the accident, plus x-ray pictures