My First Car Accident!

Posted on: November 21st, 2011 by Accurate Auto Body Repair No Comments

My first car accident occurred at the ripe old age of 16, and fortunately nobody but myself and my car were involved.  Actually, make that myself, my car, and a set of railroad tracks…yikes!

I was driving home from the drive-in movie theater, trying to hurry to make my curfew!  This drive-in theater was on the absolute outskirts of town, located in an area I was very unfamiliar with.

This was well before the age of smart phones, back when getting lost meant actually getting lost.  I knew I was driving in the wrong direction, so when I saw a road up ahead, I decided it was the perfect opportunity to turn around. Well, my night blindness was in full force, because this was not a cross street, but rather a rail road crossing.  On either side of the road, the rail road ties were no longer level with the street, but actually a good two feet off the ground.  Because I took the turn so quickly, I was halfway over the ties before I could react and reverse out.  This was unfortunately much too late to save the underbelly (I’m clearly not auto savvy!) of my tiny little Toyota Celica.

I resumed my drive, and noticed that as I was pulling onto my street, the ride got very bumpy.  I pull into my driveway, and notice that two of my tires are completely shredded.  Thinking this was the extent of it, I went in and faced the parental fire.  They were surprisingly understanding, but had said I would have to pay for new tires with my own money.  So the next day I hunted down and purchased two tires and brought them home to put on the car.  Once this was done, I got in my car for a test drive.  As soon as I accelerated, it became apparent that there was much more wrong with my car than the tires.  It wouldn’t accelerate past maybe 15mph, even when flooring it.  This happened several times, until I gave up and went in to explain to my parents the tragedy.

Long story short, after we got the car to a auto body repair shop, it ended up being totaled.  It was an awful experience at the time, but a laughable story 15 years hind site.  Lesson learned: wear glasses at night, and don’t get lost!!

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