A Sad Tale - About a dumb mistake  

NiceGuyMush 46M
111 posts
8/2/2006 2:57 pm

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A Sad Tale - About a dumb mistake


Well yes I know I have been terribly slack and not posted for ages, but I have been really busy - honest!

Finally managed to collect heaps of outstanding debt for my business last month after a pretty stressful time when I was soooo busy but had no of mullah to show for it!

SO - I'm thinking that I have turned a corner and life is coming right... then left field wammo, life hits you and lands you flat on your arse again!

I was up in Auckland on Monday for work and heading home on the Southern Motorway to the little puddle in the middle of the Island I call home at about 6pm. Down about the SE Motorway exit we were all rumbling along at about 50kph may be slower and I had given myself about 20m following distance.... I glanced at the clock on the dash and then.... oh shit - everyone in front had parked up really quick. You know that terrible pulsing effect as a motorway starts to move again after an accident clears... well I hit the brakes hard, and the big ute slid, I pumped the brakes (no ABS on this baby), oh shit I ain't going to stop... this is going to hurt.... bang!

The allow bumper on the front did its job - no panel damage! but will need a new radiator and inter cooler panel. But the car in front - well thats a sad tale, a young couple from up north off to the mountain for a ski week. I went through the boot of his subaru legacy sedan as far the rear windscreen. Barely touched his bumper, as mine was so far above it. The crumple zones of the cars missed each other completely!

Then of course there was the young Asian lady in front of him and the guy from Tauranga in front of her - three other people!

Man I feel stupid! A moment's distraction and the feeling of I knew I should have done something about those tyres last week.. but was waiting for the bank balance to improve a little before I did.... Aaarrrgghh. Big mud grip tyres might look like they have aggressive tread, but they are wrong sort of tyres for smooth road carpet in the wet, and when worn with about 5- 10,000 km's of wear left (ie still well legal for a WOF), they can be like a racing slick in the wet.

Fortunately and most importantly no one was hurt.
Every one was civil, friendly even, we swapped details, were interviewed by the cops who were pretty good too. I guess they see it all the time and know how easy it is on a wet road in dense traffic.

I will probably get a ticket for 'failing to stop' which will be a fine of about $130. But as for my pride and confidence, 12 years without an accident of any sort etc etc - well I'll have to do some more soul searching on that one.

I've got an achy neck - whiplash, which is causing a few back and shoulder aches, headaches etc, a bit of delayed shock on Tuesday night (even spoke to the big white telephone - too much information Mush), but some early nights in bed and I am coming right - all be it slowly.

Just wish it hadn't happened not just for my sake and not having a vehicle for a three weeks, but the inconvenience caused to the others...

It just goes to show how careful you gotta be!

Peche85 31F

8/2/2006 9:52 pm

I was wondering where the hell you had gone!

It is scary to think how quickly an accident like that can happen. But like you said, at least nobody was hurt. You should go to an osteopath for your neck and shoulders. They are better than chiropracters according to my mum who is a doctor.

Hope everything gets back to normal soon


maverick1255 51M
3953 posts
8/3/2006 12:18 am

Glad to hear you are ok, and that no one was injured in the accident.

Hey, the more we drive, the higher the chance we will be in some type of accident. It is just a fact. And accidents happen.

Beat wishes, mate.


rm_FineFella4u 66M

8/3/2006 2:10 am

Nice to see you back (and in one piece). Missed your chat.

Only had one accident in the last 20 years, but managed to write-off a Landcruiser. Tyres my problem too. It happens, we learn, and move on. You'll get over the aches. It could have been much worse.

Good luck, keep writing.


NiceGuyMush 46M

8/3/2006 7:49 pm

Thanks folks for good words

The neck is getting better, and the headaches fewer....
Got a good physio who is taking things quietly.

Peeche - I know about Chiropractors - theory is good but they are rough as guts, and in only dealing with the spinal column, they miss the muscle imbalances that causing the back to go out in the first place. Thats why I stick with manupulative physio's and massage thereapists

Cheers

Mush


Peche85 31F

8/4/2006 8:32 pm

Yeah, my Mum always said that Chiropractors don't actually need any training to practice. So you never know if the person knows what they're doing or not.

There is a chiropractor here in Hamilton and the sign outside saying the name of the man and "Your chiropractor for life". So true, you just have to keep going back cos they don't actually fix it properly lol.


chasingfun27 38M
1108 posts
8/9/2006 12:53 am

    Quoting Peche85:
    I was wondering where the hell you had gone!

    It is scary to think how quickly an accident like that can happen. But like you said, at least nobody was hurt. You should go to an osteopath for your neck and shoulders. They are better than chiropracters according to my mum who is a doctor.

    Hope everything gets back to normal soon
I completely fucked my back a few years ago, it was bad enough that it was shaped like an S and I was having trouble breathing. A couple of trips to the osteopath, and a bit of time, and it's pretty sweet.

Anyway, don't worry. A traffic accident on the southern motorway isn't exactly a rare occurence.


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