by katelin on July 28, 2011

That was the sound I heard and felt yesterday as I saw a truck careen into the back of my car. CRASH.

It was one of those moments I saw coming and tried to prepare myself but ultimately didn’t know what was going to happen.

My commute to work has always been traffic ridden and a ton of stop and go and yesterday someone just wasn’t paying attention. Traffic was moving and then before we knew it, it wasn’t. The car in front of me slowed down and eventually came to a stop. I slowed and then I came to a stop. Unfortunately the car behind me was not so attentive. He may have slowed but he didn’t stop. He swerved and his tires screamed and then he hit my car. And then I hit the car in front of me.

I’ll be honest I was scared. I cried. A lot. I cried so much that both drivers thought something was wrong with me physically. I don’t even know how I managed to dial the police. I was crying so much I could barely drive my car to the side of the road. I’m a crier. I’m emotional. It was not fun.

It was my first car accident as a driver. And I’d like to never do it again. Luckily I’m okay. I’m sore, I’m tired, and I couldn’t stop shaking yesterday, but I’m okay. My car, not so much.

But as everyone has said, it could have been so much worse. It really could. And it’s just a car. Yes it’s a hassle that I’ll be carless for a while and I won’t know right away the prognosis on my own car, yeah, but it could be worse.

And I have a dad that drove me to work to get my things and a husband that ordered pizza and picked up my prescription and made sure I was okay and calmed down and treated me to a movie date to see Harry Potter 7:2 and just yes, I am truly very blessed.

So. The point here. Pay attention. Be careful on the road.

And thank you all for the emails/tweets/texts/Facebook messages of concern and well wishes, I truly appreciated it and needed it. Thank you. So much.


happy thursday!

Posted in My Crazy Life
  • I am so glad that you are safe and just the car was damaged. I have been in a car accident before and know how shaken up you must have been. Continue to take care of yourself, be safe and count your blessings – I sense you are doing just that.

  • I am so glad that youy are ok. I had chills while reading this. Great message to get out there to all drivers.

  • Lynn

    So glad that you are okay! What a scary experience. Love that Matt was right there for you.

  • aw buddy, i’m sorry :(

    but everyone is right when they say it could have been a lot worse, thank god you’re safe! xo

  • I’m sorry to hear about your crash, but I’m glad you’re physically OK!

  • Oh, hon, I’m so sorry! I’m really glad that you’re okay, but yes, that must have been terrifying! I hope you get a car solution worked out soon. Take care of you!!

  • I’ve gotten in one head on car accident. 6 years ago. I haven’t been back to Dallas since (til next weekend.) I know how traumatizing it is. I’m so glad you’re okay.

  • Ack! That’s so scary! I’ve only been rear-ended once and it wasn’t bad. I hope it never happens again. I’m glad you’re ok!

  • Oh I am so sorry! But very glad you are okay. Cars can always be fixed or replaced. But still…scary!

  • Oh goodness honey! I’m so sorry! I’m so glad that you are (mostly) okay. As in, no bones sticking out or anything crazy like that. Take some good time off, relax, and I hope your emotional recovery goes well.

    Shouldn’t your auto insurance provide you with a rental car until it’s decided if your car is fixable or totaled? They should, I’d check on that. You know, when you feel up to driving again.


  • Unfortunately I’ve been in a few car accidents, and that CRASH sound is one of the most sickening noises there is! Ugh. Hopefully that’s your one and only crash.

  • Oh, how awful! Thank goodness for pizza and HP.

  • Hey there bestie!

    I remember my first accident… it was totally shocking… my heart was racing and I wanted to cry too. I was shaken up for about 3 days after. Hope everything is going better today…

  • AH! Where was I yesterday???

    I’m so glad you are safe now. I can’t imagine… I was in one small accident when I was younger (fender bender thing as my mom was taking me to school) and it was not fun to see my mom go through that. I hope your car will be ok and that insurance pays off. Thank goodness for awesome dads and husbands who take care of you when you need them to the most!

    Thinking of you! <3

  • Yikes, Katelin! I’m so glad you’re ok and glad you had your hubs and pops to help take care of things.

  • San

    This is EXACTLY why I didn’t want to commute from Westwood to Pasadena and why I took the job in Sacramento… the traffic in LA just scared me, because it’s always this stop and go during rush hour.

    I am glad you’re ok, Katelin.

  • I’m so happy you are ok!!! Thankfully matters weren’t worse, but it is still an unfortunate and frustrating situation.

    Sounds like you have some sweet men in your life! Bless the wonderful people in our lives that help pick us up when we’re down : )

  • Glad everyone walked away.

    As for feeling “okay”, please be alert and careful. Adrenalin covers up a lot. When I got rear-ended (a 5 mph tap), I walked away feeling okay. It took a full day before symptoms began to surface. I developed a minor headache and my neck began to stiffen. Massage and hot showers were able to relieve the dull ache, Aleve took care of the headache. All’s well today. If the symptoms had persisted longer than 2 days, i would’ve taken myself to the doctor.

    So, monitor your condition closely and take things slowly for the next few days. Again, glad you’re okay and sorry that such a good soul had to have such an awful experience.

    ~ g

  • oh no! I am glad you are ok, that is the most important. I hope the car stuff gets worked out quickly too. *hug*

  • Blargh! I’m so sorry, but I’m glad that you’re okay.

    I totally get the emotional thing. Last year when I was going through a yellow, someone making a left turn started to turn, saw me and slammed on his brakes. The person behind hit him. I pulled over to make sure everyone was okay, and even though I wasn’t hit, I was still a wreck.

    My daily commute makes me more and more nervous though. I merge through three lanes of traffic exiting the freeway just to get on it. I tense up every time I do it.

  • I am so glad you are ok. I am a crier too, ain’t no shame

  • Ugh, that’s the worst feeling ever! :( So sorry you had to experience it. But I’m so glad you’re OK and that your dad & husband came to your rescue! When I got rear-ended earlier this year I definitely cried too!

  • I’m so sorry!!! It sucks getting in a car accident. I’m totally the same way — being an emotional person and I’m always crying every time I’m involved in an accident. I’m glad you’re okay and got spoiled! :)

  • I’m so glad you’re okay! I feel like this has almost happened to me a few times, just stuck in traffic and the person behind you doesn’t break enough until the very last second. Yes, it sucks, but I’m so glad you’re okay!

  • OMG so glad you’re ok! I’ve luckily never been in a bad accident, but still was uber shaken up nonetheless. And I would have been crying also. I’m the same way!

  • Car crashes in any shape or form or severity are a scary thing! Glad you’re okay.

  • Oh, my gosh! I’m so, so glad you’re okay. And I hear you on the tears…I would have reacted the EXACT same way. Anything that shocks your system like that is just asking for some sobbing. Honestly.

    Hopefully your car gets taken care of ASAP! Hugs, friend.

  • Bah! So glad everything is okay. Let me know if you need anything, love!

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