I rear ended someone this morning.
Don't worry- nobody was hurt- in fact I was hoping it didn't do any damage to my car because I was only going about 10 miles per hour. He was in front of me turning right and I was behind him stopped. Then I thought he went, so I went and well...I sort of just glided into him- I looked down for one second and bang...that was it. Sadly, when we got out to assess the damage, my car had a lovely 3x3 trailer hitch stamp (in my new cars bumper), while his big F150 was unharmed.
All was well when out of nowhere, a cop pulled up and acted on his civil duty to make sure we were okay. Part of his civil duty included giving me a ticket for following too close. Darn.
I felt like an idiot sitting in my car, trying not to cry. It was snowing/slushing like crazy and it had already been kind of an off morning. I was running late and this just added insult to injury. When I called my friend McCall to tell her what happened, the water works started flowing. In the 10 seconds it took her to answer, I could barely speak when she said hello. Finally, I blurted out, "I rear ended someone! I'm going to be late...."
Then I got to work and retold what happened and almost started crying again. My new car. Broke. (insert frowny face here)
I spent the rest of the afternoon feeling anxious. I decided to find the silver lining and thought of the good things that happened. The cop was nice. The guy I hit was very nice. We have good insurance. My car is still drivable. I can go to traffic school. And I'm okay.
Just one more thing to add to my list of resolutions for the New Year- Be more alert!