Long Day: Dad’s Car is Flipped in a Wreck

by Kevin on August 7, 2008

The title of this post pretty much wraps up my day. I had a very busy day at work. I don’t want to say that is out of the ordinary, but I actually had the pedal to the metal today.

My cell phone rings at 2:21, I glance at it. “Mom” reads the display. Odd, Mom never calls during the day. Heartrate increases slightly.

But I’m in the middle of something so I silence the call and continue whatever I was doing. I’ll call her back in a minute, or she’ll leave a voicemail. Fifteen minutes later, the cellphone buzzes in my pocket again.

“Mom” the display reads again. Definitely time to answer this one…

Turns out my Dad was driving his car around town, an elderly gentleman ran a red light and t-boned my Dad on the driver’s side in the middle of a turn, causing Dad’s car to land on it’s roof. My Dad isn’t exactly a spring chicken (Sorry, Dad!) so that adds to the worry. Thankfully there were several good samaritans that were essentially at his side as soon as he came to (he was out for 3-5 seconds during impact). They helped him unbuckle from the seat he was hanging from, and waited for the paramedics to arrive.

All I have to say is the Lexus ES300 he was driving is a miracle machine. After being put in a neck brace, having a full body x-ray and a CT scan of his neck/head done… my Dad has no scratches on him. Literally, no scratches, not even from glass (and all the windows busted out as well). He’ll have a bruise from the seatbelt, but Mom told me other than that the only wound he incurred would be a bruise from where they put him on an IV.

He’s staying 24 hours in the hospital for observation, but they could find nothing wrong with him. Simply amazing, and I owe it to Lexus’ engineers for designing an incredibly safe car.

Thankfully, he’s alright. Also thankfully, he didn’t have their dog Louie with him. Louie a medium sized dog. He is Dad’s constant companion and he has incredible car manners — he sits up front very calmly. No running around, no craziness. If Louie had been in the car he would no longer be with us.

Needless to say, I couldn’t focus on writing something today, this afternoon, or this evening. I also had a final in my last MBA class of the summer.

It’s been a long, long day.

Sometimes life sends you subtle reminders. Sometimes they come in with sirens blaring. Personal finance is important, but don’t forget to live your life. See your folks. Spend time with your spouse. Walk the dog.

I’ll be back tomorrow with more personal finance articles for you. In the mean time, here’s to Dad. Glad you’re okay.

{ 8 comments }

Tiffanie August 8, 2008 at 1:04 am

i am really glad that everything turned out as well as it did. i hate when life throws curveballs such as this. had my own last month when i got in a 4-wheeler accident. really brings perspective to life.

Big Cajun Man August 8, 2008 at 5:16 am

OK, I thought I was having a bad day, you win!

Take care of family first and everything else comes second.

C8j

Matt August 8, 2008 at 10:58 am

Family comes first – good to hear your dad is ok.

If I didn’t stop and appreciate the small but important things in life having a blog or even a 100 blogs wouldn’t matter to me.

Livingalmostlarge August 8, 2008 at 12:41 pm

Glad to hear your dad was okay.

Kym August 8, 2008 at 12:43 pm

Glad to hear your dad is alright after that wreck!

Tina August 8, 2008 at 8:35 pm

I am very glad to hear your father is okay.

Patrick August 8, 2008 at 10:50 pm

Glad to hear your father is all right after the accident.

Bruce August 9, 2008 at 7:33 am

So how is Dad now?

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