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Thanks all. I've been good and I've been lucky - looks like lucky is better so far.
Anyone reading this, please keep posting about your accidents nearly averted, safety tips and advice for all of us whose livelihood depends on being out on the road.
Thanks to everyone who has added their thoughts. Geez, R.C., can't imagine how you got through that one. Kevin, your quick thinking surely saved lives besides your own.
It's ironic you posted this Chris, last year at this very time going to the show in Austin just before sunup I'm just west of Ozona, TX. Cruising along at 65-70. I look in the west bound lane across the deep median at I see a tractor trailer west bound, then his headlight go out. I continue watching and only see lights on the top of his trailer coming through the median, like slow motion as I started to slow this 18 wheeler comes out of the median into the east bound lane with his tractor facing me and his trailer blocking both lanes.
Did I forget to mention I had just crested a hill with 2 18 wheeler behind me. I stopped about 200 ft from him, threw on my brights to light up the trailer blocking the road along with my flashers. Luckily the trucks behind me saw the trailer lit up and were able to stop in time. This truck came from the west bound lane through the deep median and came to rest in the east bound lane with out flipping over. After all calmed down he blew a tire on the tractor, had no steering ability and walked away without a scratch. His tractor was totaled but his load was in tacked. Someone was watching over me and you. Glad you are ok.
I couldn't help but think of the stories we've heard that didn't come out this well. Glad you're with us and doing well, considering the alternatives.
Ann and I just finished a 2500 mile round trip and passed at least one spectacular accident along the way. You can never take a safe trip for granted. After seeing your post I realized how tired we had let ourselves get by pushing ourselves to get home a day early.
Oh yes. We're lucky when we can tell the story.... My advice? Hold out on the insurance co. I did not get what my van was worth when I crashed it. It took me 5 years to overcome the loss from that accident.
RC - I remember that - seems we lost that gentle cat of yours (Bogey) in that crash. I feel fortunate to only lose one show, a work project trip and to walk away with sprains etc. I wouldn't mind some of the time back however (have spent 6 hours today alone with Insurance agents, Highway patrol website etc).
So glad you're alright, Chris. Kim & I had a devastating roll-over in 2004 towing our 30' Airstream. Seat belts saved us. Unlike you, our inventory was destroyed and we lost the 3 shows we were going to. Good luck with the insurance company.
So glad you are alright! I hope you get back to making art soon.
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