There is something that fascinates me about Instant Karma videos. I will spend hours watching video after video. Driving in Milwaukee, not one week goes by without seeing someone driving like a jack-a-napes. I have been driving in Milwaukee for over a decade now so I am a bit aggressive too, but I try to respect others. If someone is driving slow in front of me I will give them space, unless we are on the freeway, in the left lane and no one is in the right…MOVE OVER!!!
The problem I have is I drive a minivan. People cannot stand being behind a minivan. I could be driving 90 in a residential area but some jerk in a Civic is going to ride my butt. The other day I was driving home and a guy in a pickup was tailgating me. He was so close I couldn’t even see his grille. I was going about 10 over the speed limit and there was a semi in the lane next to me. As soon as there was room he quickly jerked into the next lane, cutting off the semi. I was irritated but whatever. We were about a block away from a stoplight when he made his lane change. Moments after his move the light changed yellow. I moved into the left turn lane where there was no one in front of me and the light had already changed to red. The two lanes that were going straight had two cars that had already come to a stop. The pickup suddenly jerked the wheel into the shoulder/parking lane and ran the red light. He immediately slammed into a minivan. Turns out the minivan didn’t want to wait either so he too ran the light.
The strike was solid. The pickup hit the van dead center, straight on. This must have distributed the force perfectly across the front of the pickup because while the van was decimated, the guy in the pickup put it in reverse, backed up and started to drive around the van. As soon as he started moving forward red and blue lights started flashing. There was a Sheriff’s SUV sitting there waiting for the light to turn green. He had witnessed the entire accident. Even if the van hadn’t been hit the pickup would have been pulled over. The van moved from the intersection and the pickup followed it. I saw both drivers exit their cars before the light changed and I was on my merry way.
I felt terrible for the van owner for a while. It wasn’t until I was writing this that I realized he had run the light too. It was weird how fast it happened. I suppose that’s how all accidents are, except for the one I was involved in a couple years ago when a woman hit me going only 2 or 3 miles per hour. It probably would have turned out fine except for the fact that instead of stopping or hitting the brakes after impact she just froze and pushed my car a few dozen feet. I got a sweet new ride after that incident. Actually my wife did. I’m driving the minivan.