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A blog not so much for daily activities but to reflect on my past & my experiences.
#847353 added April 19, 2015 at 2:34am
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Thank Goodness for Seat Belts and Air Bags
Sometimes life plays some nasty tricks on you -without any prior notice! On Easter Monday, my wife and I were returning from a pleasant day out - around 5.30 pm, light fading, wet road, lights on, in a string of traffic all travelling around 20 kph under the limit. A notoriously bad stretch of road, but what happened was completely unexpected and largely inexplicable.

Without any waring, a car travelling in the opposite direction and towing a trailer, lost its trailer. The said trailer aquaplaned across the road, and either it hit us or we hit it, moving around 80 kph. The first thing we knew was a loud (very loud) bang, and we ended up on the side of the road facing in the other direction with our heads buried in air bags.

Fortunately several other cars stopped to offer assistance (for which we were most grateful), an ambulance was called, the cops showed up, and we were transported to the local hospital. Tests and examinations followed; we stayed for three hours, before having to get a cab home - 100 kilometres for $270.00 - hopefully our insurance will pick up some or all of the tab.

My poor wife was covered in bruises from neck to knee, and I suffered some minor damage to my sternum. The resultant pain meant our GP prescribed some strong pain-killers for both of us, and it will take a few weeks to get back to something roughly approximating normal. This is largely the reason for me not having made any real contribution to WdC just recently, but I'm headed back in that direction.

The car was a write-off, but fortunately our insurance company has agreed to a reasonable pay-out. There has been no explanation for the trailer becoming detached from the other car. Some speculation, but no hard evidence. Now we have to find another car; once again, fortune has smiled as our daughter-in-law has lent us her car. She and our son both teach at the same school, so transport for them isn't a major problem.

You win some, you lose some. Fate? Luck, bad and/or good? I don't know, but I do know that without seat belts and air bags, my executors would almost certainly be asking for a white case for me. But not this time round. My wife, who has strong religious beliefs, has thanked God every day. I don't - for me, it was just a random throw of the dice. But, whatever, we're both still around to tell the tale.

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