[lit-ideas] a personal plea (to atty types, mostly)

  • From: JimKandJulieB@xxxxxxx
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 25 Jul 2005 23:00:13 EDT

Three weeks ago I had a bad car wreck.  I was driving in the left hand  lane 
of a two-lane semi-highway, driving 50 in a 55 mph zone.  I came over  a small 
hill and suddenly in front  of me were three large rolls of carpet  -- the 
log sized rolls that you see standing against the walls in  showrooms.  They 
were absolutely smack dab in the middle of the lane, all  lying at angles, 
kitty-corner.  There was heavy fast-moving traffic in the  lane to my right.  
was no room between the rolls of carpet and the  concrete median on my left.  
You know how in an accident on one level it  seems to be in slow mo and on 
another it happens in a split second.   Somewhere in my mind I was thinking 
whether it would be more dangerous to plow  into the first roll of carpet or 
around and risk side-swiping cars in the  right lane (the police later told 
me if I had chosen to run into the carpets, my  daughter & I would likely have 
been thrown through the windshield).  I  slammed on the brakes and chose the 
swerve option.  Managed to squeak  around the first two rolls but caught a 
corner of the third roll with my tire,  propelling me into a concrete median, 
which caused the car to skid along at a  nice clip on its left (driver's) side 
a while, before turning onto its roof  and skidding some more.  When it came 
to a stop, I was unconscious and  hauled into an ambulance with 4 broken ribs, 
torn neck ligaments, a gash that  needed sutures, a totaled car, and no idea 
where my 13 yr. old daughter who had  been in the passenger seat was.  When 
they pulled me out of the car I saw  her -- she had broken her window out with 
the heels of her hands, remembering  someone telling her they were the 
strongest part of her hands, and crawled out,  causing shards of glass to be 
in her hands, knees, and feet.  By  the way, for what I believe is the first 
time since she outgrew an infant seat,  she had by fluke forgotten to put her 
seatbelt on.  It's a total  instinctive reflex in my kids after their early 
years of training.  The  police & paramedic on site looking at the car said if 
she had her seatbelt  on, the caving in of the roof of the car would have 
crushed her head into her  neck and broken her neck and she most likely would 
not be 
Now to my question.  Local lawyers have been of no assistance.   The police 
here are ....  well, never mind the adjectives.  The police  report should be 
released in a couple days.  They threw the carpet away,  apparently didn't 
check for tags.  The driver who lost those rolls in the  highway was either the 
most oblivious person on the planet or totally  negligent.  There must be some 
way of finding out who was transporting  carpet on that part of that road on 
that date at that time.  But I don't  know how.   Anyone???  Someone didn't get 
carpet they were  expecting ....either at a retail store, or outlet, or a home 
or  office...   Yes, we had full coverage on the car, including uninsured  
motorist and hospitalization, but it still won't cover the med bills, and I've  
been seriously disabled for 3 weeks.  I'd sure like to hold someone  
Julie Krueger
thoroughly frustrated by meds, pain, hospital bills, & lack of  
transportation (insurance co's aren't exactly  expedicious).

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