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RTA placeholder post and facts-as-I-recall-them [Jan. 29th, 2008|09:39 pm]
Douglas Spencer
[Current Location |51.22295,-0.47179]

I was involved in a road traffic accident earlier today. I am unhurt.

    RTA 2008/01/29 at approx 16:35 on the A25 near Shere/Gomshall [map].

    I'd been at a client a mile or so further east for the day.

    I'm travelling westwards towards Guildford on the A25 Shere Road at around 40MPH when the other party drives out of Upper Street into my path. Although I brake heavily I'm unable to avoid a collision and I strike the other car on its driver's door and the pillar just behind it.

    Both cars come to rest in the middle of the road. I am unhurt, my engine is still running.

    I stop my engine and remove the key, and I get out of my car.

    I check that the other driver (f, mid-20s, no passengers) is breathing and conscious. She's badly shaken, she has a minor scalp wound, presumably where her head hit her driver's-door window. I reach in through her broken driver's door window and turn off her ignition.

    I phone emergency services on 112, request ambulance and police.

    Whilst in conversation with the ambulance-service operator a passing car stops and an off-duty paramedic "Tracy" gets out. She has brief conversation with the operator and passes the phone back to me. She then gets into the other vehicle via its passenger door and attends to the other driver.

    After the ambulance service rings off, the police phone me (16:38, the earliest moment for which I have a firm timecheck).

    Ambulances in attendance within 10 minutes, police within 15.

    Statement (in line with above, up to the point where I phone 112) given to police.

    Both cars put on lorries and taken to a garage in Dorking.

    The road was shut for about two hours in total.

    Word from the hospital is that the other party has a suspected fractured pelvis.

    At around 18:40, just as the road is being reopened, a passing friend (a director from today's client) offers me a lift to Guildford Station, from where I travel home by train.

It's the worst RTA I've been actually involved in, but it's a long way from being the worst one I've attended.

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[User Picture]From: alex_holden
2008-01-29 09:47 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear that Doug. :(
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[User Picture]From: thefounder
2008-01-29 09:50 pm (UTC)
glad you're OK man. i hope the other driver is doing well.
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[User Picture]From: frandowdsofa
2008-01-29 09:55 pm (UTC)
Oooh dear!
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2008-01-29 10:05 pm (UTC)
I've left "please call me at your earliest opportunity" messages on Julia's home answering machine and mobile. Please bring her up to date if you talk to her before I do.
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[User Picture]From: purplecthulhu
2008-01-29 10:05 pm (UTC)
Sounds really unpleasant. Glad you're not hurt, hope you're not too shaken.
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[User Picture]From: redbrown
2008-01-29 10:19 pm (UTC)
Ouch. Not nice. Glad to hear you're uninjured and the other party not seriously. Hope all goes ok.
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[User Picture]From: sharikkamur
2008-01-29 10:24 pm (UTC)
Ouch - good to hear that you're okay.
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[User Picture]From: flick
2008-01-29 10:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, babe! I'm glad you're ok!
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[User Picture]From: filkerdave
2008-01-29 10:41 pm (UTC)
Ugh, sucky.

I'm glad you're not hurt, though
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[User Picture]From: lullula
2008-01-29 10:55 pm (UTC)
That sounds really nasty, I'm glad you're not too hurt.
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[User Picture]From: sparktastic
2008-01-29 11:01 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: pinkdormouse
2008-01-29 11:12 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: cpt_buggernuts
2008-01-29 11:17 pm (UTC)
Sounds awful. Hope that you (and the other party) are ok in the longer term.
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[User Picture]From: drpete
2008-01-29 11:21 pm (UTC)
Unpleasant indeed, but I'm glad you're not injured.
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[User Picture]From: dawning_star
2008-01-29 11:29 pm (UTC)
Ugh! I'm glad you're okay, and the other driver isn't badly injured.
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[User Picture]From: missfairchild
2008-01-29 11:31 pm (UTC)
That's horrible. I'm so glad you're okay, but you should go to hospital anyway and get checked out, if only for insurance purposes.
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