Rear Ended by a Negligent Driver

I Have Been Rear-Ended by a Negligent Driver, part 1

It was a pretty normal morning. I had just dropped my son off at school and was on my way to run an errand before heading in to the office. I was driving down the road when the car in front of me turned on their turn signal and slowed to turn into one of the businesses that was off to the right of the roadway. Just before she was able to turn, a bicyclist passed crossed in front of her intended path. She was able to stop to avoid hitting the guy on the bike. I stopped behind her. I looked up in my rearview mirror and had just enough time to think “Oh shoot!!!” I knew the driver in the big white panel truck behind me was not going to stop in time. I could see that he was not looking at the roadway and I just knew he was going to hit me. There was nothing I could do to avoid it. I was only fortunate enough that I had left enough distance between myself and the car in front of me or he certainly would’ve pushed me into her. Then it happened….BAM…impact. I had been rear ended. I felt my head snap back against my headrest. I felt a sharp pain in my neck at the base of my skull. We sat in the parking lot of the business where the woman in front of me was trying to turn and waited for the police. While we waited, we each assessed the damage to our respective vehicles. The front end of his truck was crushed. The back end of my SUV was pretty badly damaged. The police came and a crash report was made.

I called my office to let them know I had been in a wreck. My assistant told me I didn’t sound quite right so I told her I was going to go home. I suddenly felt very tired, I had a headache, I was feeling very dizzy, and I was having difficulty focusing. The original adrenaline rush that is the body’s natural defense mechanism had worn off. I did not feel well. After that I decided that I needed to go to the hospital, but I did not feel safe driving. I called my girlfriend and asked her to come get me and take me to the hospital. I was happy she was able to take time off of work and come help me. Over the next several weeks I had a lot of pain and discomfort in my neck. For a week or so I had a hard time sleeping at night because of the pain. It hurt to sit up in the morning. I could not work out or attend my tae kwon do class. But the hassle was just beginning…

 

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