Disclaimer: No Drosches were harmed in the events of the story I am about to relay. We are all safe and sound. So many prayers of thanks to Him for that!
Dude! So you know how it is when you feel like you can't catch a break? You know what I mean. Well, as you can tell from the photo above, I'm having one of those times right now. You remember the blowout from last Friday. Well, we're just getting over that. It seems like a distant memory after the events of last night.
So I'm on my way home with the kids. I'm totally 30 seconds from turning in to the neighborhood. Then bam! Literally, bam. You know how they (whoever they are) say that most accidents occur near the home? Well they aren't kidding. Trust me, it's true. There I am sitting at a red light, the last light until I turn in to the subdivision. The light changes to green. The cars in front of me go. I go. The car next to me slams into my car whilst (don't you love that word, makes me feel better to use it) trying to get in front of me. Seriously?! Well, after the initial few seconds of shock I floor it after them to get their plate numbers in case they're running. I mean, I'm all for a good chase, but I've got the kids with me this time. Luckily they pull in to a parking lot. I'm already on the phone with Amy, who's at home cooking dinner (by the way she was making phenomenal homemade mac & cheese). She stops and heads our way.
I get out of the car, after warning the boys to stay inside the car (you never know). I walk around and see the damage. Seriously?! Ok, so I may have said something a little stronger than that but hey, this is a family friendly blog. The front panel from the passenger door to the front of the car is dented and scraped and the bumper is cracked in the front. Crap! I go back to get my iPhone to start taking pictures. I took a lot, I want full documentation.
Meanwhile the girl, literally a 19 year-old, is getting her information ready and has mumbled, "Sorry.". I nod. I'm still to upset to speak and don't want to get all crazy on some poor stranger, even if they did just open up a whole can of financial drama and craziness in my life. I decide I'd better get my information out and ready. I go to open the passenger door and it won't open. Seriously?! This time I actually did say that. The door itself is fine so it must be something jammed or out of line on the inside. Crap.
Amy shows up and Jackson immediately hangs out the window and yells, "Hey Mom! We've been in a major accident!" Leave it to him for some comedic relief! Then he jumps out of the car to assess the damage in wide-eyed disbelief. Amy exchanges our info with the other driver as I call 911.
Long story short the sheriff comes and gets it all handled. She's ticketed for changing lanes at an "improper and unsafe time". Sad for her, relief for me. I mean, I knew it wasn't my fault, but now there's proof. We part ways, this time I answer her "Sorry." with, "It's ok. Have a good night." I've calmed.
Later at home, after dinner, I call and make claims on our insurance and hers. Thus begins the fun of repairs and dealing with the aftermath of an accident. Fun. Note: You were supposed to read the last "Fun" in a sarcastic voice. Feel free to do so now if you didn't the first time.
This is not my first accident, I was in one in high school. But that was light years ago and I'm all grown now. So technically, I've never done all of this. Fun (yes sarcastic again). Up first on the agenda is a rental, if possible, and if her insurance will cover our deductible. Contact with both Adjusters will be able to answer those. In the meantime we wait. And pray that our run of bad luck has come to an end. Especially where it involves drama of the automotive nature.
We shall see. But again, everyone is safe so it's only material items and money that we need to worry about now. Not that those things aren't more than enough, but at least we don't have to place and injury cherry on the top of our towering accident sundae!
All is well, seriously, in Drosche Land.