Yesterday, on my way to work, I was in a minor car accident. It was quite unsettling actually. Some crazy, bullying driver targeted me. They followed me for a few miles boxing me in and not allowing me to pass. He would speed up and slow down when I did and was continually going around me and in front and behind me. Then he pulled up beside me laughing, pointing his fingers, and waving at me. Since it was a very cloudy day, it was odd to me that the male driver had dark sunglasses on as well as a dark baseball cap and dark, long sleeve jacket. Personally, I feel that he was choosing to be mean to me and bully me, and he seemed to be having a good time terrifying me.
His reckless, bullying actions resulted in me being literally ran off the road. I honked at him once as if to say "Leave me alone!" but this did no good. I eventually lost control of my car when he was passing me for yet another time while making gestures. My car swerved to the left and right. Then it did a complete circle and went into the wide grass median between the divided highway. After that, I ended up cutting across oncoming traffic and was finally able to get my car to the side of the road without being hit by anyone. Thank God!!
The actual accident only lasted a few minutes, but was quite terrifying. I've wondered what I did to instigate anything from the out-of-control other driver, but the truth is that I can not think of anything. I did not cut him off or otherwise bother him - I'm convinced that he targeted me for whatever twisted reason he had - entertainment, amusement, or more sinister. That is most frightening of all. The fact that a grown man would target a pregnant woman driving a station wagon is unreal to me!
I am grateful, that after several hours at the hospital yesterday, myself and my unborn child checked out okay. I consider it a blessing that the accident was not worse than it was and that no more damage to my vehicle and myself were done. It could have been much worse, but I know that God was watching over me. The accident has made me realize how so many things are truly out of our control. Although, I might have reacted better by just pulling my car over at some point (which I will in the future), I do feel that this is one of those freak things that just happens to you. It has made me think about things a little differently though and realize how grateful I am for the life that I have just as it is.
As for the crazy, out-of-control driver, I did not get his license plate number, and he was quick to speed away from the accident - what a surprise, huh! Actually, of all the cars on the road during the accident, only one stopped - a very nice man in a large cement truck came to my rescue which I'm so thankful for. He told the 911 operator my location as well as directed traffic around me. No one else seemed to care at all and sped on by. That is so sad to me!! The police told me that they really couldn't do anything about the bullying driver without a license number. I only knew the color of the car and model and that really wasn't enough to go by. When I got to the hospital, the nurses commented that that particular stretch of highway got a lot of road rage accidents and people being forced off the road. I guess that I was just the latest victim. From now on, I will be much more alert on my way to work as well as react better if ever in such a situation again. Like I said before, I am thankful for the outcome, but I also hope that it never happens again!
Have a blessed, accident-free day!