I got into a car accident in January. Lo and behold, I got involved in four accidents over a few years. In all cases, the accidents were 100% the other side’s fault.
The first accident happened in the spring of 2007, only one week after I bought a new car. When I was in a parking area at a gas station on Sunday morning, a car went into reverse to park and bumped into the rear bumper of my car. The driver was an old man. He said he couldn’t see my car. He was an unpleasant man. He asked for a discount on the repair charge at the garage because he didn’t want to use his insurance. But after all he failed to pay and the insurance company paid everything. I was shocked that my new car got in an accident so soon. The accident decreased the value of my car! However, there was no compensation for it. I just had a bumper replaced. That was all.
Then, on a sunny Sunday morning the next year, another accident happened! The place the accident happened was near my house. While I was waiting for a gap in traffic to turn right,(the left-handed traffic in Japan) I heard loud braking, then a car suddenly hit mine from behind. The person who caused the accident was another old man. He said it was too late to notice my car and couldn’t hit the brake. It seemed he didn’t see my car. But the weather was good and the road had good visibility. The damaged part of my car was the rear bumper, the same as the last time. It was paid for by the old man’s insurance. As for my body, I was almost OK though I went to a clinic to heal my neck several times.
So, I decided to go to a shrine so as to purify my car. A priest purified my car, especially the rear bumper, with salt. Nevertheless, he said “ This rite doesn’t mean you will never have an accident in the future. Drive safely.” As he said, the third accident happened.
To be continued.