It has not been a fun two weeks for me. I have been in two car accidents in under ten days. The first was in Connecticut with my wife and son in the car. We were on a road that is one way in each direction stopped behind a person making a left onto a side street. Without warning we were hit from behind by a young driver in a Volvo who was traveling 40 mph. No Breaks, no slowing down, just some kid not paying attention to the break lights that were in front of him. The impact pushed us into the car in front of us, which was about ten feet away. Thankfully no one in our car was hurt, I can’t say the same for the kid that hit us. His front impact airbags went off, and I am not sure if he was wearing a seatbelt.
The Front end of his car didn’t look too bad for the speed of the impact. As for our Honda Civic, I have to give praise to the people that designed that car. We were hit hard, but none of us were hurt, or even sore after the accident. The car did it’s job and took the energy from the accident and kept it outside the passenger area.
I have to say over all I am very impressed with the Civics crash test data put to the test. Now the repair bill, that is another story. Since we were rear ended it is pretty cut and dry as to whose fault it was, so I was able to file the claim thru his insurance. The total damages to the car came to close to $5000, and it will take 10 days to fix the car. Unfortunately all the parts for repair are on 2 week back order, so we have a Nissan Versa as a rental for the next few weeks.
Last Monday I was off to lunch waiting in traffic, and BANG I was rear ended again in my Subaru. This was almost an identical accident to the first, waiting in traffic and someone that was not paying attention to the road in front of them slammed into me at 40 mph. This accident was worse than in the Honda. I was taken off the the hospital for whiplash. I suffered no major injuries, it was more a case of better safe than sorry. The car took a pretty big hit , but the other car looked alot worse than mine.
So now we have 2 cars in the shop and 2 rentals. I am stuck with a Hyundai Accent, this is the worse car that I have ever driven. With any luck I will have my Subaru back in the next few days so I don’t have to deal with this little POS.
Over all, being in 2 accidents in 10 days I am lucky. No one was seriously hurt and both of the cars are repairable. It is a lot of aggravation and stress, but these things will pass.