Actual Accident Reports
Many have experienced the confusion of traffic accidents and have had to summarize correctly what happened in a few words or less on insurance or accident forms. The following quotes were taken from those forms and were eventually published in the Toronto Sun on July 27, 1977.
Coming home, I drove into the wrong house and collided with a tree I don't have.
The other car collided with mine without giving warning of its intentions.
I thought my window was down, but I found out it was up when I put my hand through it.
I collided with a stationary truck going the other way.
A pedestrian hit me and went under my car.
The guy was all over the road; I had to swerve several times before I hit him.
I pulled away from the side of the road, glanced at my mother-in-law and headed over the embankment.
In my attempt to kill a fly, I drove into a telephone pole.
I had been shopping for plants all day and was on my way home; as I reached an intersection a hedge sprang up obscuring my vision. I did not see the other car.
I had been driving my car for forty years when I fell asleep at the wheel and had an accident.
I was on my way to the doctor's with rear end trouble when my universal joint gave way causing me to have an accident.
I was unable to stop in time and my car crashed into the other vehicle. The driver and passengers then left immediately for a vacation with injuries.
As I approached the intersection, a stop sign suddenly appeared in a place where no stop sign had ever appeared before. I was unable to stop in time to avoid the accident.
To avoid hitting the bumper of the car in front, I struck the pedestrian.
My car was legally parked as it backed into the other vehicle.
An invisible car came out of nowhere, struck my vehicle, and vanished.
I told the police that I was not injured but on removing my hat, I found that I had a skull fracture.
I was sure the old fellow would never make it to the other side of the roadway when I struck him.
The pedestrian had no idea which direction to go, so I ran over him.
I saw the slow-moving, sad-faced old gentleman as he bounced off the hood of my car.
The indirect cause of this accident was a little guy in a small car with a big mouth.
I was thrown from my car as it left the road. I was later found in a ditch by some stray cows.
The telephone pole was approaching fast. I was attempting to swerve out of its path when it struck my front end.
A truck backed through my windshield into my wife's face.