Monday, December 14, 2009

Oooohhhhh the Irony People...such a kick in the ass.

Early yesterday morning (12:30 am) I was leaving work after a very tiring day...and just down the street from work was a cop car with a driver pulled over. Unlike Bahrain where cops mean next to nothing...over here flashing lights and a cop car in your rear view mirror means something.

I made a note to keep under the speed limit. Seeing as how it was slippery with snow and ice any how that was an easy promise to keep.

It takes about 15 min to drive from work to my house and all along the route there were cops with people pulled over. Blue and red flashing lights could be seen EVERYWHERE...I even had a cop pull out and drive behind me for a block or two...definitely gets you feeling guilty for absolutely EVERYTHING you have done...real or imagined. I slowed down even more.

Eventually the pressure became too much as the cop was not going any faster and I just KNEW he/she was waiting for me to make a I decided to pull into an all night store parking lot pretending I was going to buy something (as if the cop would know

Little did I know THAT was the mistake I made. *sigh*

After giving the cop a moment to pass on by and forget all about me...I pulled out and went on my "merry" way...still below the limit and being watchful of more cops.

The closer I got to home the better I felt. I just had a FEELING that something was going to happen...if I only knew.

I finally pulled onto the last street to my apartment and there was ANOTHER cop right there with someone pulled over. Quota people? I clicked on the left signal turn and waited for a truck coming towards me to pass on by so I could turn into my apartment parking lot and FINALLY be home and off any cops radar....

suddenly out of nowhere a car came crashing into my drivers side door. If I could describe the sound of metal crashing into metal people....its unbelievably loud and jarring. It keeps repeating over and over in my mind. It was soooo freakin loud!!!

It was like the WHOLE WORLD BECAME SCREECHING METAL!!! I thought my heart had literally stopped in my chest the shock and suddenness of it all was so overwhelming and frightening.

Over to my left the car that had hit me came to a stop and a teenager immediately jumped from the passenger side and started screaming at the driver. He was shouting things like..."it wasn't me it was you"..."you did this not MEEEEE"!

Immediately that cop that had been down the street was on the scene. I looked back at the car and the driver had leaned over to shut the passenger door (maybe thinking of driving away...all though his car was completely totaled) and he had blood pouring down his face. Later I seen why...his front window had a huge hole where his head went through it. Seat belts people. Seat belts.

I was still sitting there nearly hyperventilating heart was thundering in my chest and my ears were making a horrible wooshing sound. I thought I was going to pass out for a few moments there. I remember removing my seat belt (so glad I ALWAYS wear that law or no law) but then replaced it so the cops would SEE I was wearing it. I tried opening the door but it wouldn't open...all bashed in.

The cop had rushed over and called an ambulance when he seen the driver was bleeding (I still have no idea what became of that bad his injuries were) then came and asked me if I was hurt. At the time I thought "no" so told him so....he went off to check the driver of a truck that had also been struck.

Long story short. The teen driver was extremely drunk. He was driving much too fast for the slippery roads of course...and driving drunk anyhow...a recipe for disaster for sure. I'm quite sure he didn't even see me stopped with my blinker on waiting to turn...or maybe he did at the last moment as he hit me while I was turning...which means he swerved. Then again that may have been from hitting the truck as well...who knows?

Turns out the driver of the truck that was hit was ALSO drunk. How nice. He eventually was arrested after failing a sobriety test. The teen passenger was going to be sent home with a relative who came to take him...but THAT guy got arrested TOO for having some sort of conviction against him AND for not having a drivers license. What sort of fool comes to face cops with all THAT on their

Cops checked my license and were quite happy to report I was the ONLY one that had a clean record. Yay me!!! for the moment....*sigh*

Eventually I waited in the FREEZING cold for about an hour and a half while the cops and ambulance dealt with the "real criminals" windows were broken so my car was freezing as well. One cop came and told me to just go home and they would get back to me the next day or so to get more info...yay...could hardly wait.

I got home and was too freaked to even sleep...and by now my body was starting to tell me didn't come out of that as injury free as you thought. Oh happy day!! I took some pain pills and tried to sleep.

The next morning I woke up and was as stiff as a board. I could hardly move ANYTHING...and my whole left side was aching and seriously playing a tune. My arm and shoulder particularly. I called my friend who recommended I go to the hospital to get checked out and two to document any injury for insurance purposes. I'm clueless to all that people...there is no insurance sort of thing in Bahrain.

Off I went with her and spent several hours getting X-rayed from every possible angle.

Verdict: Lots of sore muscles...LOTS...and a potential problem with my left shoulder which on the second day doesn't seem as bad as the first...all though the kick ass pain killers they gave me could have something to do with that. LOL

Cops still haven't gotten back to me so I have no idea about drunk teen driver and what happens next. 3 days home from work which DID NOT make my boss very happy but what can I do.

Car? don't get me started. *sigh* Ive only had it for TWO weeks...

Did I mention I hadn't been able to get insurance yet? Was waiting to get paid. So when the cops do show up...I might make it a "4 in 1" with EVERYONE getting arrested.

What are the laws in Wyoming concerning driving without car insurance? Not good I'm sure.

Story of my life.


P.S. sort of ironic that I stopped at the store in order to AVOID the cops...which, of course delayed me getting home...WHICH caused me to be in that place at that time waiting for a drunk driver to come out of the dark and change my life...ironic isnt it. *sigh*


angie nader said...

since you werent insured have no one to replace your car. however since the accident wasnt your fault...the other drivers insurance company will have to reimburse you for client.

Stacy aka Fahiima said...

Yeah you will just be stuck paying for your car (which sucks I know), but other than that you should only have to pay a ticket if they ask to see proof of insurance.
Get some rest and feel better ;-(

Wrestling With Religion said...

I'm glad it wasn't worse than that... must have been a total shock though!

I guess it was good there were so many cops around with all these drunk drivers on the road.

Angel Darling said...

I am so sorry to hear about your accident. I really do hope you are OK and that you have a speedy recovery. When you get a chance... there are some very low cost insurances out there. It's better to be safe than sorry. Take care and God bless!

Anonymous said...

YOU not having insurance did NOT cause the accident.

Call a lawyer who works in accidents. The teen drivers insurance should pay for your medical, car repair and lost wages...providing they have car insurance. If not and they live with their parents and they have a home with home owners insurance, they would be liable.

Make the call
and good luck

AlabasterMuslim said...

omg, well i'm so glad you came out of this in tact! alhamdullilah. Just be careful! No more evading the police for doing nothing, loll!

Chiara said...

Such a bad combination: drunk teens, poor road conditions, and IRONY!

I hope you and your car are both feeling better soon.

Suroor said...

Please take care, Coolred. So glad you are feeling better.

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Anisah said...

You may get a ticket, they won't arrest you. I got one for not having insurance a few months ago. But besides the ticket, I had to pay a fine of a couple of hundred dollars this year and next, grrr.

Hope you feel better soon!

Gentle hugs!


Anonymous said...

Anon is correct! Call a lawyer that specializes in car accidents! It won't matter if you're insured or not! But waiting too long to make the call could damage your chance of making a claim!

Pick up a phone, the first appointment is free!

janice said...

My goodness CoolRed, your roller-coaster never seems to end.

coolred38 said...

Thanks everyone...getting things done. Feeling shaky and sore but none the worse for wear.

oby said...

You might also ask about a rental car. Many times that is available through the driver's insurance or maybe even the homeowner's insurance. the rental car will at least hold you out until your car can be repaired. Or if the damage is too bad to your car and to repair it would cost more than the car is worth(not saying that is the case.... just a thought)they might write it off as a loss and give you a check for the cost of repairs or at least the value of your car.

coolred38 said...

Soooo....16 year old teen driver was 1.2 OVER the legal drunk limit, uninsured, unlicenced, and HUFFING just prior to crashing into me. Cop said I can sue but will most likely get nothing from that endeavor. Nice.

Kid had a few fairly serious injuries but will live to terrorize another day (one can only guess whether he "learned" his lesson or not).

And life goes on. *sigh*

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Anonymous said...

I think that's the first time I've seen spam on a blog! (Referring to the comment above mine.) And french, too, how fancy.

Anyway... MY GOD, I can't believe the set of circumstances that led to this accident! I hope you're okay physically and not too screwed due to the lack of insurance. And the 16 yr old might not have two nickels to rub together, but you'd be suing his parents, right? Drunk and huffing? Oh, the incredibly stupidity!

Susanne said...

Bless your heart, you just can't seem to get a break. :-/ Thank God you weren't killed though. How awful.

Hopefully 2010 will be much better for you. Hugs!

Stephanie said...

Wow what a crazy story. Alhumdulllilah, you weren't hurt worse. On a side note, I just hate how the cops follow you and make you feel nervous and on egg shells even when you're not doing anything wrong. It's like their just waitin to pounce.

Chiara said...

Re: being followed by the cops--my sister dropped her future husband off at his (parents') home, and then continued driving through the city to her own. She saw she was being followed by a car, not a cop car, a car. Initially, it wasn't too obvious since she was on a main artery, but as she continued branching off, she became more worried until finally she was panicking but still making her way home. The car followed her through all the residential side streets and was behind her when she pulled into the driveway as far as she could, and ran for the back entrance to the house (left unlocked when daughter was out and about), ran through the door screaming, and my father--ready for bed (ie in his underwear)--called 911, and reported the guy who was still parked in front of the house. The police responded that there was an officer already on the scene--the guy in the unmarked car, who then came to the front door, and explained that at x stop sign (some miles back) my sister didn't come to full stop, just a rolling stop. However, he did tell my father he would let her off the hook. My sister is the full stop kind of person, and he couldn't pull her over before that? The family theory is that she was good-looking, done up for the evening, and being off duty he followed her home. She, uh, never heard from him again.

LK said...

Oh you poor thing! I hate snow for this exact reason! I'm glad you're ok. Be careful and watch your injuries carefully. Hope you feel better soon

Anonymous said...

Is it me....or do you just seem to have a curse hanging over your head? I one has this much of a run of "just bad things happening".

So...I gotta ask, do you make this stuff up? I guess you couldn't/wouldn't say anyway so....

Do you think you subconsciously seek out drama and misfortune because you're addicted to being a victim?

coolred38 said...

Anon..its just you.

SkippyMom said...

I am so glad you are okay. But I wonder about your pull in to the quik stop to avoid a cop following you? You said you driving record was clean and you weren't drinking - why be so wigged out by it?

Then when I read you had no insurance it made sense. I don't know what the laws are in Wyoming - but they are severe in VA [they will suspend your license without ever being pulled over for an infraction]

Sorry you went through this - but glad you are okay - could've been much worse, I am sure.

The guy that hit you is absolutely responsible to pay for repairs, but please get insurance - just for your own peace of mind and you won't have to go ducking into mini marts for fear of being pulled over for something.