As much as we’d like to avoid them, accidents do happen every so often. Apparently my number came up on the great big Wheel of Misfortune today, as my car seems to have gotten into a fight with a wayward 1990 Honda Accord, and from the looks of things, I think my car won. I was at the intersection of 148th street and NE 24th next to the 76 station in Overlake (which also happens to be the site of the Taqueria Guadalajara taco truck that I posted about some time ago.) I was second in line when the light turned green, and as we got underway the car in front of me stopped abruptly for a pedestrian in the sidewalk. I managed to stop in time to avoid it, but the guy behind me unfortunately had a little bit harder time of it, and ran into my back bumper. As you can see, my car seems to have made it through mostly unscathed, although I did have to go retrieve my license plate from the middle of the street (and duct tape it into the back window so I could drive it home.) Aside from that and the slight bit of damage you see here, everything seems to be fine. I’m actually surprised at how little damage occurred here, especially after seeing what the other car looked like afterward:
Hmmm.. It’s probably a good thing that I never got around to putting those lowering springs on my car, isn’t it? You can see a couple of lines on the front of the hood showing where I’d guess it hit the indent for the license plate bracket on the back of my car. Fortunately, nobody was hurt, both cars were still drivable (to some extent anyway,) and thankfully we both had insurance (and I’m really glad that I paid my renewal premium last week) and they’re going to get things taken care of. The driver of the other car was cooperative, and seemed to be taking it in stride. Hopefully he’ll be able to get things back in order quickly.
If I was going to have to have a car accident somewhere along the way. this would definitely be a good type to have. In fact, if there was one thing I would change about the whole thing, it would have been nice if I hadn’t dropped my camera just after taking these two pictures, resulting in the dreaded Canon E18 lens error. Fortunately, that seems to be covered by warranty too, although it might leave me going back to my clunking old beast of a camera for a couple of weeks while it’s in for repairs. All in all, not a bad day, considering the circumstances.