In An Instant

I drive home everyday thankful to have an amazing family to come home to. On June 1,2007, it was still the ordinary day. A long day at work, my co-workers and I could not wait to get home. I have a beautiful gray 2007 Mazda 3 that I so look forward to drive everyday. In my family, my mother always told me to name the vehicle you drive. This way if the car is giving you problems, you won't have to yell "go car go!" and it gives it personality. So I have too carried the tradition of naming my cars. This one is George and anyone who knows me completely understands my logic. ALot of times my friends will say I saw George in your parkinglot so I knew you were there!

Anyway, it was about 9:30pm that night and I was on my way home. It usually takes me 15-20minutes to get home depending on traffic. I don't remember if the roads were wet but I remember it had been  raining at some point during the day. I remember a red car, I think it was red, that really stands out as the car that was in front of me. And the car seemed to be going slow as  if he was turning off to the right to a road or driveway maybe. I was going to scoot around him and the next thing I know, I am headed right for a tree. I must have blacked out because I don't remember anything from driving to seeing a jumbo tree about to be part of my car. I tried to hit the break but that of course didn't work. The crash of the car sound was incredible and my passenger window was open, I heard someone yelling "Call 9-1-1!" I was allert immediately and unbuckled my seatbelt and tried to get out.I didn't know if the car was going to explode. I am a woman, what really do I know at this time of night in this situation? I tried to open my door but it wouldn't budge. I remember yelling "Someone help me!!" And I was banging on the windshield. A nice man with blue eyes came to the passenger side and opened the door and said to come to him so I literally ripped myself over the floor shifter and onto the passenger seat. The man told me he would stay with me until the ambulance came. Luckily the fire station was a short distance away.  I was screaming at the  top of my lungs. My hips were burning and felt like they were ripping apart. I have never felt so much pain before in my life. I just could not stop screaming. The EMT who came over was very kind and talked me through everything. He kept reminding me that I was lucky to be alive.Once in the Ambulance, I told him he needed to call my husband. We have a five year old  son and my mom needed to go over there to stay with him incase he woke up and I needed my husband with me. They finally got a hold of my mom who then called my husband who eventually got to the hospital.

I have over half my body of severe internal and external bruises that will take a while to heal. Not a single broken bone, I am very lucky for that. The one thing that saved me was my seatbelt. I have a five year old and buckle him in everytime in the car and I buckle myself too. There are so many people who think they don't need a seatbelt. I have been driving for 16years and have always worn a seatbelt. I have been involved in other minor car accidents but I have been saved major injury due to the seatbelt. Everything happens for a reason, you just need to see the reasoning in it. Your life is too important to your family and friends. Don't give them a reason to go to a funeral for youl

ky1361 ky1361
31-35, F
1 Response Jun 8, 2007

Thank God nothing serious happened to you.