I was involved in my first ever car accident today where I was at fault. I'd like to think having gone 14 years without causing a single accident is pretty good, but I don't really know. It was incredibly, totally stupid, none-the-less. I hit another car because I was paying attention to my cell phone and not the road. No one was hurt, it was a very low-speed crash, and I am glad that our car was damaged much more than the one I hit.
I'm so embarrassed that I did this. I have always been one of those people who was like "oh, I can TOTALLY look at/talk on/text with my cell phone in the car and still be safe!" but it turns out I absolutely couldn't and honestly, it's a wonder I hadn't ever caused a more serious accident. From here on out, the phone gets put away while I am driving and only taken out when I am off of the road-- not even at stop lights (that's where I was today when I hit someone).
Lucky for me, the person I hit didn't completely freak out. Yeah, she was upset, but not screaming at me or anything. The police officer was so wonderful, too. She was all concerned about the girl's car seats and went through all of this stuff with me to make sure we were using them properly. I was glad to hear that they were properly installed-- she said she has seen only three seats i the last six years that have been installed correctly! Isn't that crazy? So I had that going for me at least. Iris's straps needed to be raised and tightened, but Eloise was totally good in her seat. The officer even told me to talk to the judge about getting my fine reduced because she saw I had no violations on my record and am obviously a good driver (thank goodness).
Eloise didn't seem to mind the accident one bit. Well, other than waiting after we pulled off the road. Iris talked to Matt on the phone and told him I smashed in to another car. They both got badge stickers from the officer.
Now I no longer get to brag to Matt about what a great driver I am. What a sad, sad thing indeed (hee hee).
But really, you guys, put your phones away. Really away. Not just on the seat or something where they are still stealing your attention. Nothing is THAT important, you know? Surely the email I was checking wasn't worth all of this.
And because this just wasn't my day, Iris destroyed one of my very favorite paper lanterns that I've had for over ten years. Sigh.