The other day, I responded to a three car collision on Main St. It was just after dusk and the three cars were stopped in the #1 lane of Main St. just prior to the intersection with a shopping center. Apparently, the person that called dispatch said she refused to move her vehicle until the police arrived.
I got on scene and saw the aforementioned three cars stopped in the #1 southbound lane. None of their lights were on and all the involved parties were standing in between V-1 and V-2. I put on my emergency lights and got in behind them to let oncoming traffic know there was an obstruction ahead. I got out and saw the exasperated caller. Here’s how it went:
MC: Do all these cars run?
Chorus of involved parties: Yes.
MC: Good. Fire ’em up and move them out of the street and into the parking lot.
SIDL (Self-Induced Drama Lady): *SIGH*
MC: You’re blocking the roadway and causing a hazard. Move the cars.
All the cars were moved into an adjacent parking lot. The parties got out and continued exchanging their information. But not SIDL. Oh, no. She wanted to be a passive/aggressive condescending pain in the ass.
SIDL: In the past, my family has been falsely found at fault by Town PD after the cars were moved from the scene of an accident. No disrespect to you (*author’s note: this damn near always means there is some), but I refused to move until an officer could come and see the cars as they were.
MC: Well, ma’am, I don’t know what to tell you about your family’s past collisions, but I do know that what you were doing was not safe. It wasn’t safe for you, the other involved parties, or southbound traffic. Not to mention that the lot of you were standing in between two cars in the middle of a busy roadway during commute hours. So, you tell me, what’s going to happen when a driver who isn’t paying attention hits the third car involved?
SIDL: Yes, that was my fault.
MC: You could all very well end up in wheelchairs for the rest of your lives. Not moving the cars is dangerous and not at all smart.
SIDL: Yes, well, I need to get back to my information here.
MC: Holy smokes…**shakes head and walks away**
Let me explain something, folks. This was a three car collision. The third car in line rear ended the second, which rear ended the first. Let’s assume they had wisely decided to move out of the roadway prior to my arrival. However could I piece this Rubik’s Cube-esque puzzle together? I mean, one car is gonna have only rear end damage, the other only front end damage, and yet another front and rear damage?!?!? Goodness gracious me!
How’s about this? Why don’t you stop being a selfish drama queen and think about the safety of others for a moment. Or, hell, be selfish….it’ll still result in you moving because you don’t want to get hurt.
There’s a reason I love traffic, ladies and gentleman. I can rely much less on what people, be they involved or witnesses, tell me. The evidence speaks for itself. This fender bender (and it was nothing more than that) was no different.
Or, how about this…why don’t you just do what the man with the badge and gun tell you to do? Now, before some of you haters out there get all up in arms about abuses of power and other such bullshit nonsense, why don’t we stop and think about it. Don’t you think that maybe the guy the state of California has seen fit to issue a badge and gun to might just have more training in public safety than that time you went to the PTA meeting and your kid’s Boy Scout troop leader taught you about the importance of buckling your safety belt? Do you think that maybe I have to consider more than who’s at fault for a piddly little accident?
Yes, we get it, you’re not at fault. You’re the first car in line in a rear-end collision. Rocket science this is not. Perhaps, however, your concerns should extend beyond worrying about your insurance rates to not getting killed in a more serious accident because you’re too narrow minded to be concerned about anything else.