Well, was on my way to pick up a Tama Iron Cobra double pedal (separate thread on that by the way) last Saturday over at Ashfield in the 'Inner West' Sydney suburbs last Saturday (2nd February) when this happened:
Here's what happened. I was on one road (Milton Street) waiting to turn right into a smaller lane (Blackwood Ave) to find a parking spot so I could walk to where I was picking up the double pedal. As I'm just pulling into one spot on the road to wait for the two lanes of oncoming traffic to clear on my right (for my American and overseas drum brethren, we're the ones that drive on the left of the road), a driver in a large SUV that was in the inner right lane (who was probably just trying to be helpful) signaled me by flashing his lights and waving his hand to allow me to turn right in front of him. Now, normally I'm pretty careful with road decisions, of course I would have waited for both the inner and outer oncoming lanes to clear, but due to the fact that not only I was eager to get my hands on some drum gear that was beng sold for a bargain, but also due to the SUV being a bit large and blocking quite a bit of view of other traffic....to quote Pink Floyd I had 'a momentary lapse of reason' and thought, well, why not?
So as I turned right at a slow speed, a girl and her boyfriend in their silver Mazda 3 sedan came in from the outer lane, thankfully not at a fast speed (probably 45-50 km/h at the most). We clipped each other just briefly.....I accumulated the damage you see in the above pictures, she copped something similar, only with her right head light, not left. Both of us pulled quickly over , and thank heavens when I stepped out that we were both quite civil about it.....straightaway I had said that my car's a company car with full insurance and in the same breath straightaway I asked if she was alright and had any injuries. Fortunately for both of us we were just a little shocked but injury free. She assured me that she was fine and stated she had insurance with a company as well (me with AAMI, she with NRMA), so, with no injury and with both vehicles quite drivable (after having a check of our radiators, wheels and chassis), there was no need to call the cops....therefore all that was needed was to exchange details.....rego numbers, insurance companies, names and addresses etc. I had to contact the guy who was selling the pedal to hold on for a while whilst we got our cars sorted out. Then, once I've picked up my pedal, and fortunately for this) I had to ring a guitarist mate of mine who happens to live only 5 minutes away from the scene in the neighbouring suburb of Burwood, where I went over to get a few tools to bend my number plate a little bit back in shape and secure it back (as you can see with the bit of cord in the first photo....the collision bent the screw bracket out of shape, making it difficult to reattach the plate to it again). Oh well, I'm pretty philosophical about it.....it was only a minor prang, no one was hurt, this was the only little bang that I have had with this particular car (which I've owned for just under eight years) and hey, the paint was starting to peel off the bumper in the first place, so that's just saved me having to ask a friend of my Dad who fixes cars to do a respray job in the first place.