Just Wasn't Paying Attention
(MERIDIAN, ID, ADA)
On 24 September 2007, I was involved in an automotive accident. I was driving a 1999 Ford Ranger and was traveling south bound.
I was headed home after taking my son to Karate. It was around 6:30 p.m the sun was just starting to go down and it was a clear dry day. I was going around 45 miles per hour (mph), (the normal speed limit on this road is 55 mph.), when I crested the hill, and seen a car sitting at the stop sign on the cross road.
I slowed down to around 35 miles per hour, and looked right at the driver. I swear we made eye contact and I could see 2 teenage kids in the back. I always slow down at this cross section because I live 600 feet from the intersection, and over the past 13 years, there have been some major accidents at this intersection.
Anyway I was just about through the intersection, when BAM! my truck was lifted off the ground spun sideways. I landed with one back wheel over the embankment, and the nose of the truck in the middle of the road. We are so lucky the truck went sideways and stopped, or we would have rolled into our own hayfield.
Our truck was totaled, and my son (who was on the passenger side) suffered minor injuries. The other driver was able to drive her car away and no one was injured. She claims she did not even see me. There was no alcohol or drugs involved, and everyone had seatbelts on. She just wasn’t paying attention.