Can't believe it. Three months to the exact day since somebody ran into the back of me - and only six weeks since I got my car back - I ran into the back of somebody tonight.
I went out for a drive as it was such a nice evening and was coming back on a country road a few miles from home. Rounded a corner to be met by a dead still queue of traffic due to an accident further up the road. As I was braking I realised I wasn't going to stop in time. Sods law dictated at that time a vehicle was approaching on the opposite side of the road so I couldn't have just gone onto that side and then come to a stop. I've got no idea where he came from or why he was there, as there was no other traffic coming in that direction due to the road being blocked by the other accident further up. (I think he may have been in the queue and decided to turn around to find another route). A really nasty head-on accident as it happens involving a 4x4 and an Escort. Seems the driver of the Escort may have been over the limit.
Having little place to go, the inevitable happened and I hit the car in front - more of a heavy glancing blow with my front nearside on his rear offside. My airbag didn't go off.
Camera phone pics......
The other wheel is straight so you can see what's happened to the nearside suspension!!
Of course, it couldn't be a normal/average/inexpensive car I hit - it had to be someone's complete pride and joy!.......
Damage to mine is obviously the bumper, wing, wheel and suspension. Side skirt and don't know what else behind that - I'll have a look tomorrow. The driveshaft popped out so the gearbox emptied it's contents. The Porsche also emptied some fluid of some sort being rear engined and the obvious panel,wheel and suspension damage. Possibly also gearbox fluid given that it's rear wheel drive - may have also popped out his driveshaft. Once again, I don't know what else as I wasn't going to stand by his car peering at all the damage.
Still feeling a bit numb (as in shocked) and very pi**ed off with myself. I can safely say that I somehow don't think I'm going to be at Billing next weekend. That's even more galling as I was really, really looking forward to it. Only option is to come up in my wife's Corsa.
The other pain in the ar*e thing is that I'm now carless. Wife is away at the moment for a few days until Wednesday so I need to sort out the hire car for Monday.
And to top it all off, I'm now getting a stiffness in the right side of my neck/shoulder - the opposite side to what I had from the other accident!
What's also galling is that I was about to start doing a BBQ and I thought "I'll just go for a spin as it's such a nice evening". Should've just started the BBQ!
Edit: The WPC that I was talking to said she'll be ringing me to come round and take a statement. I just hope they don't think there is grounds for an undue care and attention charge! I was breathalysed (first time for me!!) - which was zero as I hadn't had a drop all day. First time in my life I've driven into another car!!!