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Accidents Will Happen

Last night Shelly's car was totalled. She was driving up I-5 near Boeing Field, and someone's car stalled in the center lane. She braked in plenty of time, but the person behind her didn't, and the result was a four-car pileup.

Fortunately, she's all right: a sore neck, a bump on her head, scratches and bruises. It could easily have been much worse. She wore her seat belt, and the air bag did deploy correctly. Actually, you can see black burn or powder marks where the explosive hit her jeans.

So, today is a day of insurance papers, doctor appointments, and rental cars. We'll see if the fellow's insurance comes through or not: it's Coast National Insurance, which apparently has a class action lawsuit against it for corporate misbehavior.

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mysticalforest
Aug. 27th, 2003 10:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Accidents
Glad to hear Shelly's OK!

It seems that every person I've known in the Seattle area who's been in an accident has been rear ended.

One person I know was rear ended after picking up his car from the body shop after being replaced from being rear ended.
the_monkey_king
Aug. 27th, 2003 11:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Accidents
Yeah, when I got in a pileup on 520 about a year ago, my new car was rear-ended.

Either Seattle drivers don't keep their brakes in working order, or they are a bunch of tailgaters. I'm guessing it's the latter.
mysticalforest
Aug. 27th, 2003 11:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Accidents
And I thought I left tailgating back in Milwaukee. "Woo! Packers! Packers win the Super Bowl! Wooo!"

&c.
exvee
Aug. 28th, 2003 06:46 am (UTC)
Re: Accidents
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<Insert unfunny something about rearending and Seattle's gay population here>

Good to hear she's ok ... not so glad about insurence bit ...

- Kyle
frabjousdave
Aug. 28th, 2003 07:56 am (UTC)
Shelly's Accident
I'm so glad to hear Shelly's all right after the ordeal. Please give her my warmest sympathies. I'll expect to hear the entire tale of terror when I'm back there this weekend. I've got a few stories, too.

Dave
(Anonymous)
Aug. 28th, 2003 05:58 pm (UTC)
Well, it was time for a new car anyway, I guess. Glad that it wasn't more serious. Hurrah for airbags and seatbelts! -- the Chicago Clan
(Anonymous)
Aug. 28th, 2003 10:11 pm (UTC)
Air Bags
From the learning something new category:

Air bags give off super hot gasses when they deploy. My jeans have a wonderful burn mark that could have been my leg. A couple of shards of safety glass cut my ankle up, but the jeans protected the rest of my leg.

I realized that you need tough garments to protect you in motorcycle accidents, but I hadn't realized how much they help in regular accidents, too. So no shorts in the car at any time for me now.

The medical personnel were surprised I didn't have burn marks on my face, which commonly happens to short people. Not to mention that the force of the deployment has killed several people 5'2" and under. Sitting back in the seat and lowering the steering column as far down seemed to have worked for me. So if you are short or have kids, this is something to think about.

For myself: mild case of whiplash, some bruises, some cuts. Car took the damage. Thank you car! and thanks for everyone's concern.

Shelly
mckitterick
Sep. 2nd, 2003 06:42 pm (UTC)
Holy crap!
I've been busy of late, not reading LJ as I oughta, and I see this. WHOAH!

Is Shelly still okay? Getting sorer? Yikes. Freakin' Seattle drivers -- my most un-favorite thing about the NW is driving there. Yuck. My farewell from 520 was a car sideswiping me on a motorcycle at 70mph. Good riddance!

Chris
the_monkey_king
Sep. 2nd, 2003 07:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Holy crap!
Shelly's fine, though bruised and mildly whiplashed. The doc gave her some painkillers (which help) and she's been doing wine and hot tub to try to keep her neck from completely locking up. Mostly, she needed to keep from moving it.

It's not great, but so far it's been manageable.
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