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With a heat index of 115 we decided the mowing grass could wait and went to supper and a movie instead. Well, the movie got tabled because a 'funny' thing happened on the way to the theater.

Driving westbound in the lefthand lane of a four-lane, one-way street the car to my right turned into me, causing a considerable dent to their left rear panel and only an ugly big scrape to my front right fender. As the light had been red as we approached the intersection and had just changed to green we were both nearly stopped, beginning to accelerate and going slowly so no one was injured. Now, I want to point out that there is no dedicated turn lanes at this intersection and I was continuing straight through in the left lane, entirely within my right to do so.

We spent the next hour hearing the driver of the other car repeating over and over, apparently to her passengers or the world at large and eventually to the officer who answered our call, that the accident happened because I ran into her while being in a turn lane and not turning. Excuse me, she was in the second lane which would in any case be a straight-forward lane in any case so why was SHE turning? Given the option for a report, and considering her allegations, I chose to have a report done. She hadn't wanted to be bothered with it. Needless to say, she received a citation for failure to yield right of way.

It was interesting to hear that she's got a point situation going on, she didn't have her license with her, and, well, wasn't I going to get a citation too for not turning in a turn lane. Eye roll, right! Oh and by the way, she wasn't interested in having my information as her insurance would cover it. What?

Leofwyna and I missed our movie so headed home for a jigsaw puzzle, old movie and ice cream shakes to celebrate the lack of real damage to our car.

Date: 2010-08-10 02:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] evil-fionn.livejournal.com
Gad there was little damage, even happier to hear you're okay.
Interesting thing I was told a couple of years ago by the car rental company guy when the truck got totaled... Over 35 percent of cars on the road are uninsured at any given time.
Chances are with all of the other crap she was spewing, she wasn't.

Date: 2010-08-10 04:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] etienetteblue.livejournal.com
Looking over the officer's report again this morning, apparently it wasn't even her own car. Someone else entirely was listed as owner. I certainly hope that person doesn't believe her interpretation. What a pain in the...

Date: 2010-08-10 03:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elasait.livejournal.com
I'm glad you're okay and there wasn't much damage.

Something rather similar happened to me a few years back--a woman U-turned right into me as I was in the left-turn lane going forward to the intersection. U-turns are legal in St. Louis, but they *never* have the right-of-way! Luckily she had insurance, and her insurance company was very easy for me to work with.


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