Driving on the freeway today I got rear-ended on my way to my daughter's house. It happened in an instant when the right lane suddenly came to a stop. I was able to break in time but the guy behind me was not and I felt and heard a sickening loud crunch in the back of my car. Looking into the rear view mirror, I saw the van come to a stop. I continued driving and in a state of shock, pulled off on the side in a place where I had plenty of room to avoid oncoming traffic. To my relief, the guy who hit me pulled in behind me within seconds (everything seeming to occur in slow motion). I grabbed my cell phone and called my husband. I told him what happened and that I was okay and asked what should I do.
Should I call 911 and get the police? He told to get all the information from the driver of the other vehicle. ( Later on he said that he did say that I should call the police but I only heard him say that I should get all the information...so I got that but didn't call the police. (Understandably, no one stopped as a witness but I knew, from experience, that a rear end accident is the fault of the one who hits you in the rear).
Being in the moment, I thanked my angels that I was still in one piece and that my car was still able to drive. I was relieved that I didn't hit anyone and that no one was hurt.
And the driver of the van was a sweetie. He was driving for his boss and gave me every bit of information he had. He came up to my window. He asked if I was all right. I knew I was and finished the call with my husband. We exchanged information outside of his van. My car was squished in the back and his van was only marked with impact bruises. My trunk was jammed and looked like a smashed cookie.
I was in an accident last November when Boris was visiting...I got side swiped. I had hoped to learn from that. The fact is that even though it wasn't my fault...I'm going to have to go through a lot of hassle to get back to "normal". Still, I'm happy to be alive, un-injured, and back home tonight after helping my daughter in a time of need.
As for being in the moment, it was an extremely good feeling to have survived a freeway accident, and to be able to call my husband to say that I am okay! On the other hand, I wish it would've been avoided altogether. There may be a silver lining to this experience in addition to the fact that I'll be more mindful than ever on the freeway. Seconds before the accident I had considered moving over one lane but the gap between cars was close. I have a powerful accelerator but I decided to play it conservatively.