Answer: One hell of a mess.
Yes folks, your’s truly got to answer that question the hard way this evening and the photo to the right shows the results. I was at a stop light in the left turn lane waiting on the green arrow. The light turned yellow and the oncoming cars all started to brake so I started to make my turn when I realized at the last second that one car wasn’t braking along with the rest of them. I hit my brakes, but the oncoming Chrysler didn’t and he plowed into my right fender almost exactly on the wheel itself.
When I realized what was about to happen I managed to brace myself for the impact and I walked away from the accident relatively unharmed. I banged my left knee against the steering column pretty good giving it a nice bruise and some minor numbness in the leg, but no broken bones. My left arm is a little achy and my right palm is a little sore, but otherwise I’m OK. My airbags didn’t even go off. The elderly couple in the other car were not doing as well. Both were complaining of pain and were taken away by ambulance to a local hospital. They both had their seat belts on and their airbags did deploy and the paramedics felt they were going to be OK.
Learned something new about Michigan traffic laws today as well. The police said I was at fault for failing to yield to oncoming traffic even though they should have been stopping for the light. Because it was a late yellow and not a full-on red light they didn’t even get ticketed, but even if it had been red the only difference would be that we would both get tickets. Seems that under Michigan law it’s always the responsibility of the guy making the turn to yield to oncoming traffic no matter what.
So, I’m OK, but a little emotionally upset. Money being tight already this is the last thing I need just before the holiday season and being at fault under the law opens me up for lawsuits. We have pretty good insurance, though, and I had full coverage so I suppose it should all work out in the end, but it’s still a tad upsetting. Hopefully you guys had a better day than I did.