A Deer Hit My Car
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I just can’t seem to get a break, can I? My average amount of sleep each night last week was around four hours … It was a very, very stressful week. But I guess, the more stressful life is, the more you have to tell. So what am I going to tell you about this week? I guess it’s no secret, just look at the title. A deer hit my car.
I did not hit the deer. The thing ran into my car. This is going to be a little bit difficult to explain, so I want you to read closely. Ready? Let’s go!
So first, you need to know some context. I understand from Taka, the creator of ZooToEigo, that if you’re driving in Japan apparently you don’t have to worry about hitting deer. Please, I need someone to confirm this for me! It seems so odd compared to American culture. I grew up in Utah, so a lot of my driving classes warned us about how dangerous deer are. I want you to pause reading this and search for pictures of car accidents with deer. When these incidents happen, it’s very, very dangerous. A majority of crashes are fatal for the deer, or the driver, or both, it does very extensive damage to the car, and most of the time makes the car unusable or what we call, “totaled”. I also did some research about my accident and asked my physics professor the physics behind the crash. Hitting a deer or having a deer hit you is actually a very traumatic experience.
I hope the context can help you understand the gravity of the situation that happened to me last week. I’ll try my best to explain concisely.
My mom and I have a job that requires us to be on the road between the times of midnight and two A.M. We have to drive on a road that cuts through a nature preserve, but it is a fairly popular road, even that late at night. There are signs on the road that warn to look for deer. My mom and I pay attention to them and make sure to drive more slowly and be observant. Well, last Tuesday night/Wednesday morning we had stopped our car at a red light. When the light turned green, my mom accelerated the car. I looked down to check my phone and this is what happened:
My mom crossed the intersection and stayed in the most inside lane on the road. Between the two directions of traffic there is a median with grass on it. My mom looked to her left and saw a black nose and brown fur. Immediately after that she felt a force hit the car, and then a loud noise as the window shattered. As my mom describes it, it sounded like a gun went off in the car.
I looked up from my phone in time to notice that glass was flying in the car. From the time that I checked my phone to when the window shattered can’t have been more than two seconds. The car is a little two door Toyota Yaris and I can’t describe accurately how much glass littered the inside of the car. The drivers side back window was completely shattered, and it looked like green diamonds were growing in the car. My mom was completely covered in glass, it was in her hair, down her shirt and pants, in between her legs. I had a few pieces of glass dripping down my back and when I stood up it seemed to just cascade down my seat and onto the floor.
At this point, my mom is pretty much incapacitated to do anything because she is covered in glass. It was still coming out of her hair days later. I manage to hand her her phone and I can’t even remember how I got it, because usually her phone is in her purse which was also covered with glass. Next, I had to call the police for the first time in my life.
Next weeks post will continue about my car accident with the deer, so please come back and see us! I still want to tell you my physics professors’ theories on the physics of the accident. Please tell me what you want to learn about in future posts! As always, we want to grow our community here, so please share this site with your friends and if you have English speaking friends who are even a little bit interested in Japanese, please check out japaneseaquarium.com. See you next time!
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