Iâ€™m really ticked off.
One of my in-laws didnâ€™t make the reunion last week because she was in a car accident. Last Wednesday, July 6, she was driving on Route 66 in Columbia County, NY taking her mother to the doctorâ€™s office in Chatham. Itâ€™s a two-lane road.
Suddenly, a big vehicle is heading right towards her going about 75 in a 50 m.p.h. zone. Initially, she thinks itâ€™s an oil tanker, but she is later told by witnesses that it was a cement truck. The truck driver had passed four or five cars in a row and could not pull back into his lane. My in-law could not head for the shoulder for fear of hitting the guardrail.
Even as the truck breaks in a futile 200-foot skid, my in-law notes that the guardrail suddenly ends, so she pulls off the road down a six-foot embankment. Fortunately, no one was seriously hurt, though understandably shaken. The truck driver doesnâ€™t stop, but keeps on going.
The estimated damage to the car is $2100. And that’s just the visible, exterior damage.
Now Iâ€™ll tell you why Iâ€™m REALLY ticked off:
The deputy sheriff shows up and takes a report, but doesnâ€™t seem all that interested in the details of the accident until the family nags him repeatedly. The Sheriffâ€™s office has been very uncooperative with my in-lawâ€™s insurance company, not being forthcoming with any of the information that was obtained from the witnesses at the scene. One of my other in-laws theorizes that the Sheriff, who is running for reelection, does not want to upset the rich and powerful cement company. Seems cynical. It also sounds plausible.
Iâ€™m not one who is overly litigious, but if it were my call (and itâ€™s not), Iâ€™d at least threaten the cement company with a lawsuit.
So, if you happen to have seen anything last Wednesday morning on Route 66 in Columbia County that fits this general description please e-mail me, even if you spoke to the Sheriffâ€™s Department. ESPECIALLY if you spoke to the Sheriffâ€™s Department. And if you didnâ€™t, thanks for letting me vent..