Monday, November 29, 2004
Friday, November 26, 2004
Here is an interesting thing. I guess I am lucky that I have not received a ticket in a long time so I have not experienced this. I so far have 4 advertisements from lawyers wanting to represent me from a public record search. This shows that there are too many lawyers looking for cases, and that the ability to search public records has become very easy. I am also wondering if the police departments have figured out that they can probably get paid for referrals. I bet there is a service that delivers the information to the lawyers. I am also wondering why they can get the information so easily, yet getting an accident report takes forms and dollars - and I still do not have it.
Tuesday, November 23, 2004
Saturday, November 20, 2004
Thursday, November 18, 2004
I never was in an auto accident that involved me striking another vehicle. Until yesterday.
On my way home from work, at about 4:30 PM, I was pulling out of New Market Road onto Washington Avenue in Dunellen - a turn I make almost every day - at a stop sign - onto a busy street. I really believed I had a clear lane. I was looking in my direction of travel, which is up towards the railroad overpass, since the road comes in at about a 45 degree angle. And there was a boom. It was not even too hard, felt like i hit a speed bump. But it was an old Isuzu Amigo. Nobody hurt, cars still drivable, but it was the first time I felt the "I didn't see him" feeling. I had no idea where he came from.
I got out of the vehicle, approached the driver and asked if he was hurt through a 1/4-opened window, he shook his head no. He had his cell phone out, and I said I was calling 911. In retrospect, I am wondering if he was on his cell phone when the accident occurred. Officer was there in a minute; I think he was just coincidentally driving by there. Another one showed up a minute later.
The Isuzu's driver's door was bowed inward. There was a passenger, a 62 year old guy. The driver was 20something. Both men were Latino, and it looked like the officers had some difficulty communicating in English with them. My old Caravan had only a small dent near the front right wheel well and some scuffing and scratching on the fender.
I overheard one of the officers asking the driver if he had been drinking.
I saw one of the officers speaking to a person on the sidewalk, but I don't know if it was in the context of witness.
One of the officers told me that since there were no injuries and the cars were OK to drive, he would not issue any tickets. He said it would take a week to get the paperwork.
Thursday, November 11, 2004
Sunday, November 07, 2004
Saturday, November 06, 2004