If you have to get in a car crash, the best case scenario is that nobody gets hurt, as was the case for Mikaela today.

Friends, what the hell is in the air???  Today, Mikaela was driving from her house to our house so that she, Dominique and I could drive into West Hollywood for some retail therapy…we’ve earned it.  Anyway, she’s driving along, minding her own business, turns left from the PCH into her LEFT lane, because she’s a good and proper driver, and from the right lane, a woman a car length ahead of her pulls a U-TURN from the RIGHT lane across Mikaela’s LEFT LANE …and guess what happened???

Mikaela hit her.

OF COURSE MIKAELA HIT HER, HOW COULD SHE NOT HIT HER.  She turned from the right lane, across Mikaela’s path to pull a u-turn over four solid lines; which HELLO everybody knows represents a concrete barrier to park, so she could go to the fair.

Wow.

I would like to point out that 250 meters up ahead there is a left turn lane.  A left turn lane where she could have safely made a left u-turn to go back up the hill to park so she could go to the fair and watch her adult daughter dance at the Chumash Festival.

The upside of all this, is that nobody was hurt.  Not Mikaela.  Not Dolores.  Although, the impact of Mikaela hitting her rear driver’s side door, bent her rear axle.  The tire was not happy; the car was un-driveable, and depending on the age of Dolores’s car, her insurance company might just write the entire thing off.

Now, I know that accidents happen.  They happen every single day, and I would venture to guess that here, in California, they happen more often than normal; thirty three million people out there, I mean there are more than 27.7 million cars registered in the State.  Friends that is A LOT OF CARS, which makes the percentage of likelihood that you will be involved in an accident pretty probable, so the way I see it, is if you can get them out of the way without sustaining any injuries then you are blessed, blessed, blessed.

More silver lining to this accident, after the fact that nobody was injured, is that Dolores, sweet older lady that she is; completely fully took ownership of the accident, telling both her insurance company, Mikaela, and the police officer that she didn’t even look before she turned.  That she had absolutely no idea that anybody was there on the road beside her because she made the turn without looking.  I’d say Dolores got a very serious wake up call today, and was incredibly fortunate that she didn’t hurt anybody.  Perhaps the universe just needed to let little Dolores know that she’s not paying quite enough attention as she should, as an elderly driver out there on the roads.  The other incredible thing that happened today.  Dolores HAD INSURANCE.  The other day, my girlfriend’s daughter was sideswiped while getting on the freeway, and the woman kept right on driving, probably because she was uninsured.  I’ve had that happen to me once before, many years ago a guy rear ended me getting on the freeway got out from behind me, and just kept right on going before I even had a chance to fully take stock of what had just happened.

Mikaela got lucky, a little body work, a bit of inconvenience for our kid, and Bob’s your uncle.  I mean if you have to have accidents pray to the universe that they be minor. But, that being said, everybody still needs to pay way more attention out there.  You’re not alone.  The roads are jam packed with other drivers, some trained, some not.  Some are in huge rushes, running late, or just naturally impatient people, like me.  None of us should take for granted that the other person is going to follow the law of the road.  We also can’t assume that everybody will operate their motor vehicle the way we would; therefore we must leave room, which I for one, am soooo guilty of NOT doing, and we need to be on our guard at all times.  And if we’re lucky, we won’t ever have a crash, but if we’re not so lucky, then at the very least we can hope to come out of one uninjured.

Right???

In closing, and way off topic:  I hope you’re all doing something amazing with your evenings; YB and I are sitting here watching the sunset and are jumping to the conclusion that Will Smith and Jada Pinkett are hosting some sort of shin-dig at their home tonight.  There are helicopters flying back, and forth over our property, multiple choppers, who we’re assuming are dropping the guests off.  Because I mean who wants to drive to the Santa Monica mountains for a dinner party if they can be choppered in?

Hmmm, hmmm, hmmm???

5 Comments

  1. Thank goodness that Mikaela and Dolores are OK. Dolores must be a great person to accept her responsibility for the accident–would that more people were like her. Sometimes driving is like participating in a demolition derby which reminds me of our recent trip to Paris.

    Drivers in Paris are both crazy and excellent drivers. On the way to the airport our driver told us that motorcycles have the right of way and that is why they weave in and out of traffic, drive between lanes, and in general scare the bejesus out of me. All that mayhem notwithstanding, we didn’t see one car that was dented or scratched or showed any signs of have been in any kind of accident. Amazing.

    It is good to hear that you and YB are spending quality time together. You deserve it.

    Take are,
    R

  2. So glad Mikaela is ok and hoping Harrison Ford not piloting one of those choppers flying overhead!

  3. So glad no one was hurt in this accident as you said, it could have been worse. Cars can be fixed in the body shop with a little inconvenience, but the physical injuries of accidents are often a huge shift in one’s life for awhile, with hospital visit and maybe surgery followed with recovery. So, yes, a blessing this accident was only damage to cars.

    In 2012, as I always stop totally at stop signs, I realized behind me (always do check in your rear-view mirror to see the car behind is slowing down to stop behind your car) the car was not going to be stopping at all, heading for me at about 60 km/hr or about 40 m/hr. I braced my arms on the steering wheel to protect my back and tightened my neck muscles against the head rest. The hit shoved my Rav about 12 ft past the stop sign. I was okay, air bag didn’t open and the intersection was a three way one; so no pedestrians in front of my car.

    When I got out and went to see if the driver was okay – he had an older Mustang and so no air bags in the car and I was worried he’d perhaps hit his chest on the steering wheel. He looked okay, was sober; but looked very upset. His reply to me was, “I didn’t think you were going to stop.” The stop sign was very visible to him as it was a straight road. His incorrect assumption was based on his seeing other drivers not stopping correctly at stop signs and maybe not stopping correctly at them himself. I was stunned a middle-aged man was driving with such a false assumption.

    After exchanging information, I suggested we meet elsewhere for coffee and to discuss his erroneous thoughts about other drivers. He was about 20 years younger than me, was married, had two children. I did actually say to him maybe this accident would be a good thing to have happened as it was a minor accident and could have been worse. Just like the wake-up call for the older lady who hit your car.

    My hopes with meeting him for a talk were in future he would be driving with more care, obeying rules of the road as he should. He agreed to meet at a bookstore/cafe. I told him I’d worked as a Critical Care RN for many years and as we sat and talked about his approach to driving, he realized it would help to take a few driving lessons again. I suggested he review the BC driver’s manual and maybe even take his driving test again. He was so apologetic and said it was 100% his fault.

    I do like to think the outcome was he became a much better defensive driver in the future and would pass along his wisdom to his wife and children when they were older and driving. So despite damage to the back area of my Rav and to the front of the Mustang, there were no injuries. Although the outcome for me was a wrenched upper back showing up the next day and for which I required 3 weeks of physiotherapy. So like for you and Mikaela, as it was only the vehicles damaged, I felt blessed as to the outcome of the accident. Just like you said, “Bob’s your Uncle.” As an aside, I did have an Uncle Bob. Wink.

  4. I am so thankful that no one was hurt. Mikaela’s angel was flying double time. I’m also happy Delores owned up to her part in the accident.
    I’m a DD all the time, so I’m the old time version of a little old lady driver. *sigh* As much as I want to feed my need for speed, I have graduated from my beloved V-8 Monte Carlo to a mini van or the church van.

    The next time the buzzing starts, light a tiki torch or two and wave like mad!

  5. Yikes! I’m very glad to hear that Mikaela came out of all of this without a scratch – though who could blame her for being shaken up for a while! Kudos to Dolores for taking responsibility. As we know, there’s quite a trend in doing exactly the opposite and pointing fingers these days. Good for her, and good for all of you.

    I think our invitation to the Smith’s somehow got lost in the mail … 😉 Enjoy your evening together!

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