The scene of my car crash

@TheHorse (89677)
Walnut Creek, California
August 13, 2019 12:02pm CST
I was driving South on Highway 20 through the Gallatin River Canyon, one of my favorite places in the United States. I hadn't known its considered to be one of the most dangerous roads in Montana. I saw some pretty horses in a field to the right and decided to take a picture. I put my turn signal on, braked, and turned a soft right onto the gravel road leading to the gate. Suddenly I felt impact, and saw a car to my right, heading past me and toward the guardrail beside the gravel road. I was relieved to see that the car was traveling straight toward the guardrail, as I knew it would not flip over. It took out the guardrail and two wooden posts holding up the guardrail and came to a stop. The airbag did not deploy. My first question to the lady inside was "Are you OK?" She responded in the affirmative and asked me the same question. She began apologizing and explained that her car had hydroplaned when she saw me braking and tried to slow down. I'll write more about what happened next...the point of this post is to show the pretty picture I intended to take. I ultimately took it as we waited for the Sheriff to arrive. The horses had moved a bit South by this time, so I could not "frame" them through the gate, but I was determined to get my picture. Have you ever been in a car accident? This was my first in the last 30 years...about three light seconds (600,000 miles) of driving.
16 people like this
16 responses
@Gillygirl (35923)
• Sutton, England
13 Aug
Glad everyone was okay. My car hit a tree once and I hurt my head
3 people like this
@TheHorse (89677)
• Walnut Creek, California
13 Aug
Did you make a speedy recovery? I hope so!
2 people like this
@Gillygirl (35923)
• Sutton, England
13 Aug
@TheHorse It took a couple of days
1 person likes this
@TheHorse (89677)
• Walnut Creek, California
13 Aug
@Gillygirl What part of your head did you hit?
1 person likes this
• Belews Creek, North Carolina
13 Aug
I've never been in a car accident. MrsJ scraped a fender once while driving (back in the dark ages before she had children) and actually broke the front window of her Dad's VW microbus with her head when she was two or three (which, now that I think about it, explains a LOT).
2 people like this
@TheHorse (89677)
• Walnut Creek, California
13 Aug
It's good to have an explanation!
1 person likes this
• Belews Creek, North Carolina
13 Aug
@TheHorse usually she blames the existence of five older brothers for her idiosyncrasies.
1 person likes this
@TheHorse (89677)
• Walnut Creek, California
13 Aug
@SophiaMorros Well, that could do it too. I take it nobody "messes" with her. I'm sure she's done her share of "roughhousing."
2 people like this
• Agra, India
13 Aug
Wow...the fields look just so beautiful
1 person likes this
@TheHorse (89677)
• Walnut Creek, California
13 Aug
I love that area of Montana. It's just North of Yellowstone National Park.
1 person likes this
• Agra, India
9h
@TheHorse anyone would love it. It is just so mesmerizing.
1 person likes this
@TheHorse (89677)
• Walnut Creek, California
9h
@amitkokiladitya It's one of my favorite parts of the US. I'll see if I took more photos...I think I did.
1 person likes this
@GooglePlus (1814)
13 Aug
Get yourself examined if you have pain in any part of body in next 24 to 48 hours... I never been a part of car accident as of now. though I need to learn how to drive as I have dashed couple of time to the gate and the wall where I park
1 person likes this
@TheHorse (89677)
• Walnut Creek, California
13 Aug
There was no pain beyond my usual lower back pain.
1 person likes this
13 Aug
@TheHorse Good to hear that Hope that pain subside too And yes I liked the greenary you shared
1 person likes this
@CarolDM (36437)
• United States
13 Aug
Glad you are all safe, that can be very dangerous. I hydroplaned one time and my car went off the interstate into the grass backwards! But I lived to tell about it. What a beautiful scene in this photo.
1 person likes this
@TheHorse (89677)
• Walnut Creek, California
13 Aug
Yeah, I skidded across the interstate in the snow once. Should have had my truck in 4WD. Once I came to rest, I threw it into 4WD, drove out of the ditch, across the median, and continued on my merry way.
1 person likes this
@CarolDM (36437)
• United States
13 Aug
@TheHorse I had to wait not he two truck, then I could drive once I was out of the median in my Grand Prix. I miss that car.
@FourWalls (20530)
• United States
13 Aug
I haven’t had a wreck in three cars. Thank God, all of my wrecks have been minor, with only the car bodies damaged instead of the bodies of the occupants.
1 person likes this
@TheHorse (89677)
• Walnut Creek, California
13 Aug
Thank God indeed. Twice in the past few years, I've looked left before heading through a green light just as a speeding car with a texting driver ran the red to my left. Sixth sense? In both cases I would have been t-boned.
1 person likes this
@FourWalls (20530)
• United States
13 Aug
@TheHorse T-Bone should just be Burnett or Walker. Or a steak.
@andriaperry (86393)
• Anniston, Alabama
13 Aug
So, let me get this right, you did not crash your car someone else did where you had stopped fora photo?
1 person likes this
@TheHorse (89677)
• Walnut Creek, California
13 Aug
She sideswiped me on the right side. But I was able to drive away and continue my trip to CA. Her car was towed away. But I think the damage is only to the front end. They should be able to repair it.
1 person likes this
@andriaperry (86393)
• Anniston, Alabama
13 Aug
@TheHorse Oh, Okay. I am glad it wasn`t any worst.
@MALUSE (52880)
• Germany
13 Aug
Such a landscape can be found in many parts of Germany.
1 person likes this
@TheHorse (89677)
• Walnut Creek, California
13 Aug
I'm not surprised. I saw some incredible beautiful (and impressive) mountains as we drove from Austria to Germany a few years back.
@MALUSE (52880)
• Germany
13 Aug
@TheHorse The south of Germany, Austria and Switzerland have this kind of landscape.
@Corbin5 (152566)
• United States
13 Aug
That is a wonderful photo!! I dinged the car on my left a long time ago when I was changing lanes on a residential street. My fault. I think we worked it out without the police being involved.
1 person likes this
@TheHorse (89677)
• Walnut Creek, California
13 Aug
Sometimes that's the best way to go.
1 person likes this
@NJChicaa (62961)
• United States
13 Aug
I’ve been in 3 accidents in 20+ years
1 person likes this
@TheHorse (89677)
• Walnut Creek, California
13 Aug
I got rear-ended in Indiana a couple of times 30 years ago.
1 person likes this
@marlina (84552)
• Canada
13 Aug
Relieved to read that everything is okay with the lady and you. Lovely pic.
1 person likes this
@TheHorse (89677)
• Walnut Creek, California
13 Aug
Yes, I was relieved that she was OK as well.
• Peoria, Arizona
13 Aug
At least the accident wasn't caused by all that beauty, but totally understandable if it was. (But seriously, so glad that you all are okay)
1 person likes this
@TheHorse (89677)
• Walnut Creek, California
13 Aug
Actualy, it was! I turned off because of the beauty. And she braked late and hard, I imagine, because she was probably gawking at the pretty horses too.
@snowy22315 (72241)
• United States
14 Aug
Yes, plenty of minor fender benders..never my fault fortunately, and one rather unfortunate work related one where I was the driver..3 of us in the van were hurt, and had to go to the ER. Bad judgment on my part, I was a new driver and should have never agreed to drive that thing.
@Janet357 (22554)
14 Aug
glad no one was hurt. i have only experienced bus accident. now, i seldom travel except when i am with my hubby who is very careful in driving. gee, you've got a paradise there horse!
@BarBaraPrz (23858)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
13 Aug
I've been in a few, but no blood shed or bones broken, just whiplash.
@wolfgirl569 (19939)
• Marion, Ohio
13 Aug
Its been a long time but my car was totaled the last one I was in. That is a lovely scene.