The plan was when the light turned a block south of me and traffic started to move, I would see if anyone would let me in. So I was staring at the light and happened to turn and look to my left and there was a car headed right at me doing at least 40 mph. My first reaction was punch it and get out of his way, right? But since I wasn't driving the new Roadster...
A half second later after traveling about 15-20 feet sideways, I was now on the rocks you see in the picture above with the car that hit me had rotated and was parallel to me. My face was literally 2 feet away from the face of the other driver.
Apparently, there was a motorcyclist headed NB on Tacoma Mall Blvd who turned left onto 54th St in front of the car that hit me and he swerved to miss the motorcyclist (who had his rumored to be 3 YO Daughter on the back) to hit me. Now this wasn't the first time I had seen an accident caused by someone turning left here and it wouldn't be the last one "today"...
Well, I couldn't open the driver's door (not enough room anyway) so I crawled out the passenger side and quickly found out why I hadn't moved farther. Looks like the sidewalk won this battle.
Either way, the car was not drivable so I called a tow truck driver and guess what? The same guy who had towed me to Puyallup Nissan a few weeks ago to get my PDM replaced, took the call but guessing, he is wishing he hadn't.
From our previous conversation, I know he lives down Highway 512 towards Puyallup so he approached the accident scene headed NB on Tacoma Mall Blvd to make that left turn and...
BAM! he hit a car! Two accidents caused by people turning left in less than an hour!
Well, I had the LEAF towed to a collision shop in Lacey a few miles from my house mostly so I could take pix in the day time and double check to make sure I had not left anything in there and I have to say by the light of day, I realized that I was VERY lucky. It could have gone real bad. I am certain had I been in my Corolla, I would not have fared nearly as well.
It was THE best LEAF I ever had.