Tuesday, 15 September 2009
I've been at home all day today with a thumping headache and feeling very shaky due to having a car crash on my way to work this morning. No-one was hurt, thank goodness, but it sure as hell shook me up. Neither car is anywhere near as bad as the one above but there is damage to both.
I was driving along minding my own business on an A road when suddenly a taxi, stopped at the kerbside, decided to do a U-turn right in front of me, I couldn't miss him. The driver insisted it was my fault because I'd hit him ,despite the fact that I had right of way and he cut straight across the front of me. As we were swapping details another car appeared, a man got out saying he had seen everything and would give me his details and be a witness. Thank goodness he did. When he heard the taxi driver blaming me he shouted at him "It was your fault, you did a U-turn in front of her she could hardly miss you!" - Bless him.
Thankfully my car is driveable so I came home, I really didn't feel I could cope at work as I was shaking quite a bit. I've contacted my insurance company and someone is coming to assess the damage on my car on Thursday. My insurance company is happy that it wasn't my fault, so I won't have to pay any excess and I have protected no claims bonus so that's not an issue.
I am annoyed with the taxi driver though. Evidently he went to see a solicitor, she telephoned me to ask what happened as he said he was turning right and I came up on the inside and hit his car! I'd like to know how he explained how I managed to hit his car with my passenger side wing on his driver side rear door if I came up on the inside!
I telephoned my witness to thank him for stopping and spoke to his wife who said she was also a witness and I shouldn't worry because they would back me up. She also said that two young women stopped and gave their details to my witness, so it looks like the taxi driver is up the creek with his lies.
Anyway the good thing is no-one was hurt, though I have a feeling the taxi driver may try to claim some compensation. If he does, unfortunately for him it will have to come from his own insurance not mine.
If you've got a minute why not look at my previous post and vote for the entrants for the Great Imagination Award - I'm sure they'll appreciate it.