Got in an auto accident last night. Slowed down and turning left onto our road and a 18 yr. old neighbor decided to pass us in a no passing zone. Hit the front quarter of my s-10 pickup @ 55-60 mph. 1/2 second later and he would have t-boned me in the driver side door. As it was he just missed a big maple tree just past the intersection and crossed over and hit the ditch bank hard. Main thing is nobody got hurt. I am a bit sick about it because I fear the truck will be totaled and I really can't afford to replace it right now. It's my main commuting vehicle and gets the best fuel economy of the 3 we own.
I am almost always very cautious at that intersection checking the rear view mirror and so forth. The wife and I were having a discussion and I was just a little distracted. Plus it was dark and raining. Though the kid was clearly at fault and got ticketed, I cringe at the thought that if he had hit us just a little harder it would have deflected his full size truck right into the maple tree probably killing him. Even @ 45 mph trees don't move and vehicles are usually reduced to absolute junk.
My sister-in-law is recovering in the hospital right now from a real bad accident. I don't know the details yet other than she suffered multiple fractures, and a collapsed lung. I haven't been able to get my brother on the phone so I just pray for them.
It's good to be alive.