Driving on the freeway on my way to work this morning, I passed an accident scene that happened on the other side of the freeway. By the time I passed it, it was pulled onto the far shoulder, away from my lane across four lanes of traffic, a wide median and a concrete barrier. It had happened some time ago; the ambulance was gone, the tow truck was ready to pull away with the damaged vehicle, and a cop was sweeping up broken glass and kicking away road flares. Traffic on that side was backed up for about a mile, but for various reasons the traffic on my side was only beginning to slow down.
I almost got sideswiped by one of those reasons. I had to swerve to avoid getting rear-ended; since I was on the far right lane I was able to use the shoulder to get out of her way, and she almost scraped the side of my car as I moved away. I had one of those slow-motion moments, the voices on the radio actually slowed down, and the best I could do is give the other driver a WTF? look.
I got a good look at the driver - she was actually leaning out of her window, stretching her neck towards the accident scene to get a better view of – what? The cop sweeping up glass? The tow truck driver spreading sand across the spilled gasoline? I doubt there was much carnage to see, the decapitated heads and flattened bodies (or whatever it was that she so longed to see) were tossed into buckets at least half an hour ago.
I’m reminded of the 4 F’s that motivate us all - feeding, fleeing, fighting, and FUCKING GET YOUR EYES BACK ON THE ROAD!
Seeing this rubbernecking idiot driver has profoundly affected me. I’ve been completely naive until now, of how truly stupid some people get behind the wheel. This was no momentary distraction - she was driving at about 30 miles per hour, hand fidgeting on the wheel, and staring INTENTLY at something that wasn’t even in her road.
I should’ve honked, something to get her attention. :smack: Instead I just let her pass, then I moved into the far left lane, away from her.