I don’t even know what to say, but feel like I have to write something.
So I was driving to work at around 6:40Am on Friday, when I reached a point in the road where all the other cars stopped suddenly in front of me. I wasn’t even doing more than about 40 km/h. I hit the brakes, but in the rain and mud (I’ll get to why there was mud on the road in a bit), the car could not stop. It would have slid right into the other cars.
With less than a second to react, I did the only thing I could… There were oncoming cars so I couldn’t go over to the other side of the road, thus I had a simple choice: Crash into the cars in front of me, or veer off to the left and off the road. The problem was that there were roadworks on the left, in the form of a large hole, surrounded by concrete slabs and thin metal poles. Without any other options, I went left, and hit the roadworks with the left side of the car. This was just before a junction and the car then came to a stop at the junction, so I hadn’t hit any other cars.
When I got out of the car, there was a pedestrian lying next to the hole. He had been hit and thrown over it. He was lying in mud with his head stuck under a barrier. I ran from the car and helped him up. He’d hit his head on the barrier, but otherwise didn’t seem too bad. I took him to the closest hospital and then went to the police to report the accident.
I’m lucky the car can still drive, although there is some damage. I took it for an assessment yesterday, and am waiting for the quote from insurance today. In the meantime, I left the car at home – the left control arm under the wheel (whatever that is) is damaged, and the guy who assessed it recommends I leave the car at home until it gets fixed. I used Uber to get to work today, which cost me R96 one way. This is because my insurance doesn’t give me a courtesy car. This sucks. I don’t know how I can afford to keep using Uber. It might be cheaper to rent a car anyway.
Edit: I intended to explain why there was mud on the road, but forgot… Besides the roadworks which are next to the road, there is also a trench that was dug across it, about half a meter wide and I don’t know how deep. They filled it with sand, which turned to mud in the rain. So it’s a big fucking hole going right across the road, and that’s why everybody stopped, then slowly made their way over the trench. The hole next to the road is also surrounded by mud, so the whole road was covered in water and mud.