Cruddy few days…

Ahhh where to start?  Yesterday was such a rotten day.  I guess I’ll start at the beginning….

Sunday evening we got an ice storm… well, I think much of North America did LOL…

I woke up Monday morning, no school b/c of MLK Day.  When the sun came up, I opened the blinds to the slider to find the
HUGE tree in our back yard had fallen down, barely missing our house
and deck.  Nice. 11507_010 11507_011Everything was ice coated. We had a realtor coming to show our house at 10am, so I hurried and got P ready and cleaned up the house.  I warmed up my car, as it was coated in about 1/2 an inch of ice.  I got P in the car and was going to take him 3 blocks away to my moms house so I could come back and get the dogs and close up the house.

Here’s where it all begins.

My window, the windshield and the passenger window were fine, but my back passenger windows and the rear window were a sheet of ice.  I rolled down the window, the ice stayed a nice 1/2 inch thick sheet.  I figured I was just running down the road, so no big deal.  I started to back out of the driveway, my window rolled down, tapping my brakes often so I didn’t get going too fast.  I looked to the right, no cars.  Looked to the left, and I couldn’t see beyond the hill at the end of our driveway, or the enormous branches that had fallen from it.  I crept slowly, so I could see if cars were coming from that way.

CRUNCH.

I immediately thought that the lady across the road had been backing out at the same time as me, as I had not seen any cars on our road (we live in a neighborhood and rarely have traffic on our road).

I park the car, get out and find a lady had been driving down the road and I hit her in the door.  I felt sooo bad, but ticked in a way b/c I had been SOOO careful to look for cars.  I’d have felt better if I had been being an idiot and not looking, but no, the time that I am cautious I really do hit someone.

Anyway, we exchanged info, I apologized profusely, she said its ok, it was an accident. 

It gets worse.

She calls me later that evening and says she contacted her ins. company and they needed a police report. Neither of us had thought to call the police, I didn’t think of it at the time and she said she figured there were better things/worse accidents from the ice storm for the police to deal with.  She called an officer out and he got her statement.  He called me and wanted to meet w/me, so he met me at the Walmart parking lot (I was going grocery shopping). 

I gave him my side of the story, my license, registration and ins. info.  My insurance paper had expired 12/30/06, but I explained to him that I noticed that when I gave her my info, but I didn’t have time to go back in and get the new papers b/c the realtor was on her way and I hadn’t been home since.  He took my info and came back and gave me TWO citations!  I got a ticket for "Failing to yield the right of way" and "Expired insurance".

UGHHHH. (it does get worse…)

I can’t believe he couldn’t cut me some slack.  We had just had a FREAKING ICE STORM and everything was coated with ice.  I didn’t MEAN to back into her.  A$$hole.  I’m fighting the ticket.

Then I called the lady back to see how it had went w/her and the officer.  She said she figured I’d get a ticket (wha??) and then she tried to give me a sob story about how she is financially strapped and asked me to help pay half of her $500 insurance deductible.  I don’t think so.  MI has no fault insurance, so if something happens to your car, you’re responsible for paying your deductible to get it fixed.   Well, honey, sorry to tell you but I’m financially strapped to and I NOW have a ticket to pay on top of that.  I feel bad b/c the accident was my fault, but ugh.  I know, I’m mean. So much for my new years resolution.

Oh, I didn’t even get the rest of the story.  Our power went out yesterday just after I hit that lady’s car.  It was out until today at about 2pm.  We had to stay at Ry’s parents house (thank you guys!!) and boy I just hate being displaced… having to pack up things in the dark, try to remember everything for the next day.  Luckily I didn’t have school today so it wasn’t too bad.

Thank goodness our power is back on and we can get back to normal again. 

Lots of pictures from the last two days.  Click on the picture to see them larger. 

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13 Comments

  1. Man, I’m gone for three days and already you’re falling apart? LOL
    Actually, it sounds like we’ve had the same sort of last few days…
    I am currently snowed in at Ryan’s mom’s house (and it looks like we’ll be stuck here at least another day or two) and Sawyer is sick. He basically threw up every hour from 1am to 8am this morning. Yeah, that’s fun.

    Anyway, WOW, what a rough day for you! Sorry to hear about all your mishaps. Hopefully things are getting back to normal and everything else will resolve itself easily.

  2. Holy Cow!! This ice strom has been a pain in the butt!! I havent had any power either. And now I cant sleep! 🙂
    Definatly fight those tickets, thats a bunch of crap…that cop should have given you a little bit of a break!
    Sorry about the bad days ! The rest of the week will be great!!!

  3. Wow – how horrible. I had a similar situation once with an accident/cop and it STILL makes me a bit angry when I think about it… almost ten years later! AGGGH.

    On the bright side, your ice photos are beautiful. 🙂

    Hope the rest of the week is better for you!

  4. That really stinks! If the accident was your fault, your insurance should cover it under liability and neither of you should have to pay a deductible…unless you have damage to your car also?? Then you will probably both pay your own deductibles?
    I had a 16 year old back in to me at Best Buy a few weeks ago and they just paid me out-of-pocket after I threatened to go to their insurance.

  5. ohhhh i’m so sorry to hear about your fiasco.. on the bright side.. your photos are fantastic.. i feel like even though i take abotu a thousand pictures a week.. i will never be as good as you and jess!! anyway. keep up the good work

  6. eh! i work for a sheriff’s office. from what i read you should get off on the expired insurance deal. unfortunately, if they can prove you were at fault for an accident, then they will usually slap you with a ticket. suck. what a crappy day all around! i would have asked the cop for his picture. hahahaa. better days ahead!

  7. yuck! sorry about the nasty day! keep posting pictures of the winter though… I’m really missing it down here. I love the snow and I’m bummed we didn’t get a good one before I moved. I wanted to tell you that there’s a town/township/something I drive through on my way to work called Porter’s Neck… hahaha just thought it was funny 🙂

  8. Hey, I would fight the tickets too! Travis got a ticket for the same thing about a year ago. This guy was riding up the left turn lane way to early and hit Travis as he was turning into it from a store, and Travis got the ticket for faliure to yield! I can’t believe he gave you two tickets..jerk!

  9. Hey Nic…
    Just now catching up on your blog. What a horrible day for you!!! OMG! I’m wondering if you may be responsible to pay her deductible (even with no-fault ins.). I think if she takes you to small claims, since you were found at fault, you’ll get stuck paying all of the deductible and the court costs. You might want to check into that so you only get stuck paying for half!

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