There’s a first time for everything.
Today as I was leaving Costco, I was rear-ended by the vehicle behind me. Legally, I’m sure it was her fault, but under the circumstances I completely understand why it happened and I feel partly responsible.
I was turning left out of the Costco driveway. There was no traffic coming from the left, and just one car coming from the right. Since I wanted into the center turn lane, there was no need to wait until that car had passed.
I drive a big van, so I start and stop slowly. As I eased out into the intersection, the oncoming driver swerved into the center turn lane and switched on his blinker. He was turning in just where I was coming out. Since he was on the main road and I was coming from a driveway, he had the right of way. I stopped halfway into the road and waited for him to make his turn. I was blocking two lanes, but there was nobody coming from that direction.
Then - BAM! The SUV behind me rammed me.
I’ve never been rear-ended so I have nothing to compare it to, but it felt like a pretty hard hit, especially since I was driving a 15 passenger van. She must have been looking left and right, and hit the gas without stopping for her turn at the stop sign. She obviously didn’t realize that I had stopped.
After the oncoming vehicle turned into Costco, I finished pulling out into the turn lane, turned around, and came right back in. The lady who had hit me rolled down her window long enough to ask if I was ok – I was – and we agreed to stop and assess damage. I wanted to see how bad it was. I was sure my lights would be smashed, and I just hoped my back doors would still function.
To my very great surprise, there was not a scratch on my van. Even the bumper gave no clues as to where it was struck. Other than a rippled license plate, the other vehicle was entirely unmarked as well. We assured each other that all was well and parted ways, greatly relieved.
In retrospect, I’m not even sure that the rippled license plate was anything new. Maybe this wasn’t a first time for her. If my license plate was mounted right on my bumper, the back one would have been rippled on my van too. No, not from being hit today. I mean from what I did last week.