Accidents Do Happen
Posted: July 26, 2013
I had a discussion a week ago Monday with my significant other, Lisa, that did not end on a positive note. The disagreement was about my inability to share my feelings and emotions. At the end of the argument, Lisa asked me to say something to her as if I were to never see her again.
Although I thought Lisa was being a bit dramatic and rather dark, I obliged by reminding her how important she and her children are to me. I spoke with emotion and expressed my feelings- something that I do not excel at on a regular basis.
About eight minutes later while traveling south on Hastings Way approaching the Seymour Road intersection, I was cut off by a minivan attempting to make a left-hand turn in front of me. If it weren't for my last-second maneuver, there would have been a horrible accident. In fact, if the teenage passenger wasn't wearing sunglasses, I would've been able to see the color of his eyes.
Fortunately, nobody was injured.The damage to my newly-purchased 2010 Nissan Altima was considerable, but the harm to the offending vehicle was minor. Either way, the other driver was cited for failure to yield and received a traffic ticket. I was a bit shaken, but maintained my composure, called the police, a tow truck and my insurance agent.
As a result, I've been driving a rental car for the past two weeks and my Nissan should be operational by this coming Wednesday. Although the other driver's insurance company will cover the nearly $6,000 in damages, plus the $30 daily rental car fee, my insurance rates will certainly rise. (It never ceases to amaze me how an innocent driver still incurs a financial penalty even when the other driver is at complete fault and the accident was not avoidable).
It took me a few days to process what occurred to me and how the incident impacted my relationship with Lisa. At first, I was angry about the mishap and wanted to lash out at the other driver. But, after some reflection, I realized that accidents do happen, and it is best to let things go.
Lisa always reminds me that "things happen for a reason ". She also tells me that "every day is a gift ". I wish I did not have to experience a near-miss for me to understand the message. Maybe it's time that I start listening to Lisa more often.
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