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Sat 28 June , 08

Car Accident

Filed under: 1051 — Tags: , , , — SFG @ 14:21

I think I need a new car. (8+(

Yesterday morning, about 11:30 I was driving in the right-hand lane on a dual-carriage way and someone in the left-hand lane driving a truck decided to change lanes without looking in their mirror.
Side-swiped me and spun me 180º.

I was taken from the scene to hospital where I stayed strapped to a spinal board with a neck brace for 5 hours while they took many X-rays of my skull, neck and spine. The first 3.5 hours of that stay I simply could not stop myself from shaking. After being released, I now have a gash on the back of my head, sore legs and back and a very sore neck.

I was hoping to speak with the the police officer in charge of my case today, but she’s not back on duty until 10pm on Monday, I’ll know more specifics then, but all I know at the moment is the other driver is foreign *shrug*.
I called the recovery company and asked if I can get personal belongings from the car, which they said was okay. I took my camera along to get images of the damage.
It’s not a pretty sight.
The damage I ascertained in my very shaken-up condition whilst still at the scene of the accident was …
Rear bumper half hanging off
Driver door jammed and window shattered (because my head hit it)
Windscreen broken, but not shattered
Passenger door pretty much wrecked
The actual damage can be seen in the images at the foot of this post.

Yesterday I was really hoping that it wasn’t beyond economic repair.
Today, after assessing the damage, I’m not so hopeful.
I’m also hoping that the driver of the truck doesn’t claim I was in the wrong, because I’m not.
We shall see.

Passenger Door Damage Interior Destruction Driver Side - From Rear Driver Side - From Front

I have informed work that I will not be going in for the next week and I have an appointment booked with my GP on Wednesday afternoon.

I’m going for a rest now.


  1. Dude, really sorry to hear that.
    Hope you’re ok – cars can be replaced but geeks aren’t so common!

    Let us know how things pan out.

    Comment by Alex — Sat 28 June , 08 @ 14:32

  2. That sounds incredibly scary. The biggest danger on the road is other people. :(

    I really hope you’re feeling more comfortable, and you recover soon.

    I hope he has insurance. In some ways it might be best if the car is a right off. I know it took a lot of searching to find the right car, but if it’s repaired then it may never be quite the same again.

    Take care of yourself.

    Comment by JJW009 — Sat 28 June , 08 @ 14:39

  3. O_o

    Oh. My. God!

    Like JJ says – take care of yourself. And the shaking – that’d be the shock. Your body would have been pumped full of adrenalin and stuff, and it takes some time to come down.

    Comment by The Sandwich Maker — Sat 28 June , 08 @ 20:35

  4. Mark,

    I hope your ok mate. I’m gutted for you, you’ve not long had your motor too. As hollow as it sounds dude, its just a thing, and things can be replaced, people cannot.


    Comment by Stuart — Sun 29 June , 08 @ 01:17

  5. sorry to hear that good luck maty

    Comment by rockhopper and billybob — Mon 30 June , 08 @ 00:47

  6. good luck

    Comment by rockhopper and billybob — Mon 30 June , 08 @ 00:48

  7. I am so sorry about the accident. This is the worst. I think I’d still be shaking if that happened to me.

    I am interested in the rest of the story.

    Do they actually have the driver? How did they catch him?

    Was he charged with anything or can you just put someone in the hospital and stay out of jail. I mean is this moron on the road so he can hurt more people and maybe kill someone?

    I hate it when people fiddle fuck around with insurance paperwork when I feel this guy is a dangerous loon and ought to pay out of pocket!

    Shows how naive I am, I guess. Hope I stay that way.

    Good wishes to you.

    Comment by Leroy Glinchy — Mon 30 June , 08 @ 13:19

  8. Just be careful what you say about the accident. It can be used against you. Peace. Get better!

    Comment by jorgipogi — Mon 30 June , 08 @ 18:47

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    Comment by jorgipogi — Mon 30 June , 08 @ 18:48

  10. So sorry to hear of your accident. Praying for a speedy recovery! And lots of love from God and godly people!

    Comment by andrealudwig — Mon 30 June , 08 @ 20:16

  11. That gash does not sound pretty. Good luck with the car and get well dude.

    Comment by civ4freak — Mon 30 June , 08 @ 21:59

  12. What kind of car were you driving? So sorry, hope you are better soon.

    I am trying to locate anyone who knows of someone who was involved in a fatal accident while driving a Saturn vehicle. Thanks.

    My best wishes to you that you recover soon.

    Comment by nonative — Tue 1 July , 08 @ 00:02

  13. Ouch. I bet that smarts a little, get well soon.

    Comment by Kohakuan — Tue 1 July , 08 @ 11:22

  14. Ooooo… man. I’m glad you’re in one piece, it looks and sounds nasty. I nearly had a similar thing with a Polish (left-hand drive so couldn’t see me) articulated lorry on the M25, decide he would change lanes without looking or indicating. I was in my little Metro and he darn near sandwiched me.
    Get well soon!

    Comment by Hapax Legomenon — Mon 7 July , 08 @ 11:02

  15. Hey Mark!

    Wow – what a total bummer!
    Wishing you a mega-fast recovery bud!

    Just to echo Stu’s comments above, the car is a metal box. You are what counts.

    Same thing happened to a mate of mine on the A1 in England. It’s quite common these days, with left-hand drive wagons, on left-hand drive roads – they have minimal vision on their right hand side, and don’t compensate with care for their lack of awareness.

    Get well soon fella!


    Comment by Leon Calverley — Tue 8 July , 08 @ 17:27

  16. Tragic!

    What you need is a damn good lawyer. My neighbor just nailed this careless driver through this los angeles car accident lawyer.

    The person responsible has to pay, pure and simple.

    Take care,


    Comment by Ian — Sat 12 July , 08 @ 20:53

  17. “Good luck with the car and get well dude.”
    How much is realistic?

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