first I totaled my CRV with a drunk driver on new highway a few years back with a hit and run driver. The driver was known as having many DWI's.
This morning on the way to work I had been doing 60mph on Ocean Parkway in the granny lane when a car in the fast lane with his left blinker about to make a U-Turn decided to go into the right lane and put his blinker on and cut right in front of me. With him doing 5mph and me doing 60 I had to throw the car right to avoid. There was not enough time to think as it was a kneejerk reaction. I turned right on to wet grass and slammed the breaks knowing that the anti-lock breaks would give me steering. The wet grass on the other hand prevented my execution. I hit a pole that I was told was power but I think it was a cable line. After a check at the hospital, the verdict is that I am going to me more sore than I am today and tomorrow I should not be too happy. Lower back does not feel great and my knees hurt.
I could not believe how violent the airbag deployment was. It is impossible to describe other than saying it was like an M-80 going off 3 feet in front of your face. It was hot was an understatement. In times like that I usually see things in slow motion, with my first accident with my CRV I realized that a hit was inevitable and I could not do anything about it. In the last second I pulled my hands and feet from the steering wheel and the pedals to keep from breaking my wrists and ankles in the process. It worked well. With this accident things did not slow down, I did not pull away from the controls as I practiced in my mind 1000 times before. I was prepared but did not execute as I just could not seem to believe that I could not get out of the situation. On impact I was out of the car in about 10 seconds and was looking at the pole with the wire across the road. I turned to the on coming cars and waved them out of the slow lane as not to hit the wire down in the road. A few seconds later I looked for the other Jaggoff that jumped in front of me but he was nowhere to be seen. It was Mid-sized and grey like a Camry but not. Could have been Lexus or Nissan?