I tried to talk about my weekend car accident on the air this morning but my colleague would have none of it. Buzz is far too busy talking about ways to get Kenny some action or the Leafs making the playoffs. In either case, it’s wishing for the impossible. I’d like to win 10 million dollars by defeating Charlize Theron and Scarlett Johanssen in a naked oil wrestling match (my wife is welcome to help). Doesn’t mean it’s going to happen.
Anyway, back to my car accident Friday. I was tooling down the 417, heading toward Pembroke. I was doing the speed limit, doing many rear view mirror checks, observing the 2 second rule, doing shoulder checks that were completely unnecessary and occasionally pulling off to the shoulder to allow hay wagons to pass me. I was safety guy with family in tow. What could happen?
Well, the ’95 Cutlass in front of me suddenly lurched up in the air, as if a small charge of TNT had gone off in the trunk. Suddenly, this long thick pipe-lookin’ thing spit out from underneath and right into my car. Whammm-o!
A tractor trailer, two vehicles in front me, decided to relieve itself of its entire drive shaft. Just when you think you’re driving safely with no worries, something goofy and random happens. I just know I’ll be the guy who gets hit someday by something that falls off a plane from 30 thousand feet.
My car went right over top of the drive shaft, destroying the front tire and rim and apparently shearing off a bunch of important stuff under the vehicle. With the car immobilized, I sent my family into Renfrew via taxi. Renfrew OPP showed up and took our reports. Now I have to wait and see what the damage is, if I need to go through insurance and if I’m on the hook for the 500 dollar deductible. If it’s deemed to be the truck driver’s fault or negligence (and how couldn’t it be), I may skate by.
At the time of the accident, the only thing that was important was that we were all okay. But now, with the after shock long gone, it’s back to generally taking life for granted. The only thing that’s important now is to dodge that deductible.
Come back tomorrow when I re-enact the accident with hot wheels cars and a barrel of monkeys.