I work at a preschool. Every morning I drive some of the kiddos to school. As I was leaving, I told the girls I wanted to stop and grab some greasy breakfast food. I was in a bad mood and I figured some yummy hashbrowns would do the trick. As I was exiting the highway, the van is sideswiped. Ok, maybe that isn't the BEST description for it. The car didn't just graze the van. It literally slammed into it. Ahhhhh! I do my best to keep the vehicle under control. My first instinct was to turn to the left, but there were cars in that lane. Bad idea. I just held onto the wheel to keep it from going into the left lane and hit the brakes.Whew! We stop. Ok. Ok. Ok. First, I ask the kids if they are ok. They all say they are fine. I ask them 30 more times. The woman who hit us comes up to the window and tries talking to me as I am trying to find my phone to call the police.
Woman: Is this part of your truck?
Me: What truck? I'm in a van.
Woman: Whose fault was it?
Me: Well, I don't think it was me. I never left my lane until you hit me.
Woman: Well, I didn't think I left my lane.
Me: Then why are our vehicles over on this side? (She was in the right exit lane and I in the left. We ended up on the left of the ramp.)
Woman: Are you going to call the cops?
Me: Uh yes. (I'm sure I had a dumbfounded look on my face.) I have children in this vehicle that I am responsible for. I want a police report.
I make the necessary calls. The trooper tells us to proceed to a commuter lot. Ok. Fine. This lady pulls out in front of another truck!!!! The truck almost hits her!! Then at the red light, she pulls into the intersection!!! Needless to say, the trooper told her she didn't need to be driving. And I believe at this point it is pretty apparent that I am probably not the one who screwed up.
This was a sign from God. I really didn't need that fast food for breakfast. I sure did lose my appetite. This is only the second accident I have been in while driving. I think I handled it pretty well. When I called my coworkers to tell them what happened, they didn't believe me. They said I was too calm. LMAO. Me! Calm! Imagine that.