I was sitting in a traffic, minding my own business when

@cynthiann (18619)
Jamaica
November 27, 2008 4:02pm CST
I am shell shocked. Went to meet some women friends for lunch and then on the way Back to wotk I am sitting in traffic minding my own busines whena taxi cut in behind stationey me and rammed me in the back. Remember now that I am stationery. I am pushed into a van which is in front of me. If this wasn't bad enough, the taxi driver who rammed into me jumped out of his vehichle and went straight to the van in front of me and said "I will be your witness, man. I saw when the lady rammed into the back of you". Can you believe it. What a nerve and what quick thinking to get out of a problem that was definitley his fault! I was so shocked by his audacity. However the man in the van leapt to my defense and said that he was looking in his rear view mirror and saw the man hit my car. Apart from a little whiplash I am o.k. Has anything like this happened to you?
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• India
28 Nov 08
My goddddddd.. U shud have hit him on his nose. I don't know y some people drive so badly putting their life and others at stake. Thanks GOD u r ok now. By d way one such incident happened to my dad,a lorry hit a van and that van stood on the bumper of our car. Thank god,we were able to claim insurance but then one advocate who was in the van was injured so badly it seems The lorry driver was a drunkard and the reason he gave was that he din't notice the red signal which was on. Moreover he was a drunkard. I get on my nerves when I see such people. DARN THEM
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
28 Nov 08
Dear Savitha, I do not think quickly when I am involved in something. On reflection, I wish that I had hit himn on the nose! I am glad that yourDad is all right after his accident. I hat4e drunks on the road. This is why I try not to travel on any holiday. Drunks are everywhere and sometimes it seems as if someone else gets badly hurt but they get away without injury. Have you noticed that? Thank yo for your best wishes and for your kind response. Blessings
@RebeccaLynn (2256)
• United States
28 Nov 08
Oh Cynthiann! I read some of the responses and I'm begging you...PLEASE DON'T just walk away from this! I had an accident a year ago and I'm still dealing with the effects of whiplash! If you just had another whiplash injury repaired, you could have to go through it all over again. Whiplash can hang around for a very long time, making your' life miserable! Beside that, the man who hit you should be responsible for your' medical bills. Not to mention fixing your' car! Stay strong, sweetie. You can get through the paperwork and interviews. Just don't let him get away with it. Especially when you don't know the full extent of the damage to your' body yet! You are in my prayers!
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
28 Nov 08
Thank you for yor response Rebeccalyn. The problem is that I also had to deal with whiplash that happend over two years ago. It still flares up occasionally and yes, it is painful. when it flares up then I have to have physiotherapy. It is just that last time, I went through such a drama and then nothing came out of the case because of corruption and this is why I am delaying making a decison about what to do. I am going to think about it over the weekend. The damage to my car isn't too expensive but it is my money that I will be spending as he is not insured. I don't want to lose my no claim bonus on my car. Thank you for the prayers and I will let everyone know what I am going to do. Blessings
@Wizzywig (7858)
27 Nov 08
Last year I was driving to work. As I turned left, the taxi behind me also turned left...but faster...& knocked me into a row of parked cars - the first one being another taxi from the same firm! He said I hadn't signalled but 2 men in a van behind him had seen my signal. Unfortunately, it turned out that the other driver wasn't insured so I am still dealing with all the paperwork & trying to get back my policy excess & the 2 days wages I lost as a result. I hope yours gets sorted faster & that your whiplash doesnt give you a lot of pain.
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
27 Nov 08
Many thanks Wizzywig for your response. So you know exactly what I am talking about. Isn't it awful? All the reports have to be made at the police station etc. I really cannot cope. I have just informed the Insurance company but the taxi driver did not produce his papers so he was probably not insured either. I am shaken and the hiorrible part is that I had treatment only last September (expensive treatment!) for trapped nerves in my neck and shoulders. This was from a whip lash injury that I received over two years ago. I thought 'Here we go again!" Thank God that we both had witnesses.
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@bodhisatya (2384)
• India
28 Nov 08
Hi, I really hope that you are all well. This sort of misbehaving cabbies are quite common here. I too had been in a sort of similar incident like one you mentioned. Here i was returning from work, and trying to catch a few winks sitting at back, when my driver suddenly screeched and declared that we have had an accident. I found out that in the middle lane of the freeway a cab suddenly pulled over after being in a speed of over 80, he stopped for no apparent reason and my driver was clueless and rammed him from behind, but before we could apprehend the cabbie he fled from the scene... I hope you got over from the ordeal and are ok now
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
28 Nov 08
Thank you for your response bodhisatya and for your very good wishes. Yes, I am o.k. now - the tears were just shock and I am not cryoing anymore! I am so happy that you are o.k. with your accident too. Whatr is it with taxi drivers? Where I live they sometimes overtake and then pull in to stop! Absolutely crazy driving and they all think that they are such wonderful drivers. Al least, this is the impression that I have of them where I live. I see that yo are a newbie - like me- I hope that you enjoy mylotting her with us. Blessings
• India
29 Nov 08
Thank you so much:-)
• United States
28 Nov 08
Too bad that didn't get caught on video so that it can be put up on youtube. It would have also made good evidence, possibly for witness tampering. Can you imagine what law enforcement would have said/done if they saw what the guy did? Even then, the evidence would have been there on the vehicles - the damage to his front, as well your back end. Nothing like this has happened to me, luckily.
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
28 Nov 08
Hi krazyklingon, Thank yo for your response. yes, I wish that it could have been caught and put on youtube too. what really got to me was that the taxi driver di not miss a beat when he offered to give evidence to the van drivwe that I wnet inot him. How sick is that? My son thought that maybe this had happened to him before. Maybe so. I'm glad that yo bhave not experienced this and hope that you never will. Blessings
• United States
29 Nov 08
If I was the guy in front of you that got approached, I would have said "Sure." Then when the time came to be that witness, I would have come out with the truth, & made mention of what he said to me.
@owlwings (40407)
• Cambridge, England
28 Nov 08
I'm so sorry to hear of your accident. Even minor bumps are very unsettling and damaging to our self confidence as drivers, even when it was no way our fault. Not only that, there is all the hassle of being late for appointments, dealing with the insurance and so on that seems to go on and on and just wears one out! What a nerve of the taxi-driver, indeed! I do hope that you got other witnesses (especially anyone behind you who saw the taxi cut in). Be careful with yourself, Cynthiann. If any aches and pains surface in the next day or so, please go to the doctor and get checked over. Although it may seem silly, get a written medical report of your check-up.
@owlwings (40407)
• Cambridge, England
28 Nov 08
I'm glad to see that you're getting an X-ray. I hope it's OK. Don't be ashamed of crying! It's often our way of getting over the shock and distress and is completely natural. Hugggggggggs
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
28 Nov 08
Thank you so much for your response my friend. My xray was o.k. I have a neck problem already but there did not appear to be any further damage. The doctor has made a note of it but I still have to decide what to do. The hassle with police and the fact that he wasn't insured and dealing with lawyers just gets to me. Again, thank you for your concern. I am not going to wotk this weekend and just rest. Blessings owlwings
@hildas (3031)
27 Nov 08
O my goodness cynthiann I really hope you are alright. Whiplash can be very painful the next day. I cannot believe this man. (sorry men) But this was typical of the man to blame the women driver. (I know you men on mylot would all not do this) I am so glad the van driver seen what he did or this could of been bad for you, but I am sure the Police would of worked it out anyway. What a nerve he had. I think I would of lost my rag with him big time. Thank goodness that van driver came to your rescue today. I am sure you are shaken up by this also. Take care and I wish you well.
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
27 Nov 08
Actually, when it happened I did what I do best - just couldn't stop crying. I have the gift of tears! I really was shaken up but our police can be careless with the truth, if it suits them. I was so glad to have independent witnesses. The man in the van was really very kind and called my son who came immediately. It is all the fuss of the paper work etc and the hours in the police station. My son is going with me tomorrow - I am not a wimp but I can't deal with this on my own - police, statements, insurace etc. I think that I may just walk away and fix the back of the vehicle myself. I could not take off every Friday to go to court and hope that the case will be heard. all that effort. I think that I will stand my own hand. Sad when you have to do this to avoid confusion. I can deal with othe rpeole's emergencies but am not so good when something happens and I am alone. Thak you so much for your concerned response. I appreciate it very much. Have to get Xray tomorrow though. another expense! It could have been much worse.
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@hildas (3031)
28 Nov 08
Take care and I wish you well tomorrow. Yes it could of been worse, but you did not need this.
• India
28 Nov 08
Ouch! That must have hurt, both physically as well as emotionally.. Experiences like these cause one's faith in the public to go down, but fortunately for you, the man in the van ahead of you was not such a jerk. If he too had belonged to the same class of people as the taxi guy, you would have had a much more terrible experience. I do hope your insurance guys don't give you a hard time. I was riding on a road once on my two-wheeler when a car from the oncoming lane suddenly jumped lanes and cut into mine trying to avoid having to go around a circle, to turn right (the road going to my left), leaving me nowhere to go and too little time to stop. I tried to accelerate out of his way, but even then, he hit my vehicle's rear. Since my two-wheeler was a lightweight one, I was instantly thrown in the air and the fall caused a lot of bruises and cuts, not to mention that my vehicle was wrecked. Fortunately for me, some good samaritans immediately stopped the car and got his number plate for me and even made him take me to the hospital. Thanks to their effort, most of my expenses were borne by the owner of the car.
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
28 Nov 08
Oh, thank God you were all right. That was a terrible accident to go through. I am so sorry that you suffered over this. Why do people take risks? I am glad that the perosn responsible paid for most of your expenses. I am just not going to get that with this man. What was also embarrassing was that I have many friends in this small town and people were pulling over to see what was wronmg with me and all I could do was cry! Ah well, it is over. I do hope that your injuries have not caused you any lasting effects though? Many thanks for your posting and for your concern. Blessings
@sudalunts (5526)
• United States
28 Nov 08
Hope you are okay. That taxi driver probably always does the same thing for him to have such a quick response to the accident. Of course he would want his insurance company to believe that you hit the person in front of you, and then he couldn't stop in time enough and hit you. Taxi cab drivers are so aggresive and probably get into a lot of accidents. It is good that the driver in front of you was honest and realized how the accident actually happened.
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
28 Nov 08
Dear friend, Thank you for responding. I have just answered the person ahead of yoiu an dsaid that my son virtually said the same thing. Taxi drivers are so aggressive and act likt they alone pay road tax. It is scary what they try to gt away with. I agree with you that many of them ar so aggressive. I'm glad that the truth cam eout though.
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
28 Nov 08
I have never had anything like that happen to me before thank goodness. I cannot believe that someone would be like that. Ok, I can believe it, but it is terrible what he tried to do. I am glad the driver of the van jumped to you defense. I am glad you are ok.
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
28 Nov 08
The sad thing is, Lilybug , is that there are poeple like this all over the world and this is how they behave. And what is worse is that they muliply! Lol There are also good people like the man who came to my defense and sadly - they don't multiply so fast! Lol I am o.k. now. Thak yo so mych for responding and I hope that you had a wonderful Thannksgiving.