I had my first wreck on Saturday.
Given the situation, it couldn't have gone better.
My best friend and I were driving down a two lane road I had never driven before. I came upon a mailman (woman) making deliveries. I decided I would pass this vehicle. After waiting behind her at one mailbox because we were on a hill making it unclear if I could safely pass, I followed her to the next mailbox. When she moved forward again, I assumed she was headed to the next driveway about 40ft away. I was looking again to see if I had a clear pass when I heard "Whoa Whoa Whoa!" via Debbie.
What I didn't know about the mailman's next stop was that it was only 4ft away, not 40ft. I was looking for a clear shot, she was stopping right in front of me for the much-closer next mailbox.
I just rear-ended a mailman.
Everyone was ok.
The mail was quite disshoveled.
Her bumper was shoved in and down.
My passenger side headlight was busted out. My bumper and grill were cracked.
But, our bodies were intact.
I apologized over and over.
The first officer that arrived immediately cracked jokes with us once he saw that everyone was ok. The next two officers were just as great to us. I really don't believe I could've had better help from the 'men' in blue. My other really big helper...Debbie. Oh my. I'm so glad she was with me instead of my children. She handled all the phone calls that needed to be made and was the perfect support I needed for the whole ordeal. I'm so blessed to have her as my bff!!
I did, and still do, feel like a complete idiot. I can't believe I did this...but since everyone is ok, and the van is driveable and not too terribly hideous, all will be ok. Said van just rolled over 190k miles...I will just deal with a cracked bumper for however much longer it lasts. The 'stupid tax' I'll be paying on this one isn't nearly as bad as it could've been.
By the way, I got a ticket for improper passing. Debbie got a 'ticket' for aggravated 'whoa whoa whoa'.
So today I ask you, will you share something that cost you a 'stupid tax'?