I had a wonderful day at school. I had scored the class high on an exam and I stopped at KFC to reward myself with some lunch.
I got my food to go and continued my hour drive home. I planned on dropping off petitions at the Election Bearu and picking up a friend from high school before I went home.

As I approached the necessary exit, I waved to the flagman (at the begining of the construction zone), as I had done every Tuesday and Thursday. I proceeded to merge off of the highway and onto the exit. The light was yellow when I was at the bottom of the exit, so by the time I got to the light it was red. I stopped, put my KFC back in the bag, checked the time, changed the radio, and waited for the light to complete the sequence and give me a green light (that would allow me to turn left).

I looked up at the light and it was green so I proceeded in to the intersection. I saw a gold car to my left, coming toward me, but they had plenty of time to get stopped at their red light. I glanced back up at my light to verify that my light was green, which it was. I looked back to my left and realized that the gold car was not stopping. I thought that if I sped up the gold car  may miss me or catch my back end instead of hitting me directly in the driver side door. I misjudged how far into the intersection I was and how fast the other car was going. Before I knew it, the Chevy symbol was coming right at me (she actually didn't even press the brakes at all!). The side curtain air bags came out and kept me from seeing what actually happened. [I could've sworn the airbags came out before the impact, but I know thats not how it works.] It hit the front portion of the driver side door, smashed in the driver side front tire, and the rest of the front left corner as well as some random damage by where you put the gas in. 

I was startled. I had never been in a car accident before and I didn't know what to do. I didn't hit my head but I could't see out of my left eye. (After a few seconds I realized my contact had popped out and that was why I could barely see) I told myself, "omg, I don't know what to do..." I gathered my thoughts and realized I was still in the midst of a busy intersection so i needed to see if I could get to the median. I pushed the gas a little but the car went no where. I looked out the passanger side window and saw a lady running toward my car. She tried to open my door, and the passanger side door, neither opened so she opened the back door and asked me if I was okay. Then a man came running over and pulled the passanger side door opened. He asked me if I was okay and if I knew what happened. I was really scared because I was alone and I'm uncomfortable being alone. Like a child, I asked him to hold my hand. He did, and introduced himself, and just as I expected it calmed me down. He then asked me to turn my winshield wipers off. (I'm not sure why they were on but they were flapping like crazy) He asked me to turn my car off and put it in park. I did. I then heard him yell to someone outside the car "She ran right through the red light."
I looked at him and said "My light was green! I didn't run a red light." He assured me the other lady ran the red light, not me.
An EMT (from my town, not this town) happened to be driving by and saw the accident. He asked me if I wanted to go to the hospital, I told him I didn't know. He asked if my last name was F*****. When I told him yes, he assured me I should definitely get check out. They pried my door opened, I called my parents and looked at the damage done to my poor Altima. The lady that came running to my door first hugged me and then I spoke to the police and other emergency personelle. While waiting I heard someone say "Thats the same lady that was driving on the wrong side of the road the other day," referring to the lady that hit me. Ugh, wonderful.

In the end I was fine. I had a shoulder sprain, hips sprains, cervical sprain, and multiple contusions. It was a scary experience but I'm thankful that it didn't end up as bad as it could have.
The other lady was also okay. Our cars on the other hand, were not. My car is totaled, I assume hers is too but I don't know.

It was definitely an experience I hope that many people are spared because even if you are fortunate enough to not be badly injured, it is nerve racking and scary.

It was amazing how nice and helpful the  people were and how quickly everyone responded though. It felt as if they were all sitting in the median just waiting for the accident to occur.

FailingIsNOTanOption FailingIsNOTanOption
18-21, F
1 Response Mar 18, 2009

That stinks. Hope you are better. Did your front airbags deploy or just the side airbags. <br />
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That was nuts about the other person driving through a red light and then driving on the wrong side of the road. My grandparents were in a bad wreck. I have submitted that story to this site as well.