LifeinAsia - 4:22 pm on Oct 20, 2010 (gmt 0)
(Sorry for the length- this turned out longer than I'd planned...)
So I'm driving to work today... In front of me, in the left lane, is a white car. In the right lane is a school bus (with kids inside). When the white car is almost halfway abreast of the school bus, the bus turns on his left turn signal. OK, makes sense- there's an elementary school in the area and the bus needs to make a left turn soon to get there. Common sense would dictate that the driver would give the white car driver a few seconds to speed up and get past the bus or slow down and let him change lanes.
Nooooo. The driver immediately starts moving over into the left lane. The white car slams on the brakes (as do I and the cars behind me) and I watch bus and car move closer and closer. Just when I think the white car will make it, the bus clips the right side mirror.
The bus goes on its merry way, and then pulls a Mario Andretti and swoops back into the right lane after passing the truck that was previously in front of it.
Shortly after that, the white car pulls into a left turn lane (presumably to go drop a kid off at school). I think that maybe no damage was done, so the driver just wants to get the kid to school and forget about the incident. As I go by, I see that the mirror is cracked and hanging out of the holder- so much for no damage.
So if you're the driver of the white car, is your priority:
A) Getting your kid to school on time, or
B) Chasing after the bus to get contact information and file a report?
If you're me, is your priority:
A) Following the white car and offering your contact information as a witness,
B) Chasing the bus driver down,
C) Forgetting about the issue and just going on to work?
I opted for B. At the point where I saw that the white car was damaged, it was too late to slow down and pull in behind her, so I would have had to do a U-turn and come back and try to find her again.
I caught up with the driver at the school. Boarded the bus and told him that he really needed to check his mirrors when making lane changes. Then I told him that he hit a car. He of course denied hitting any car. I told him that I saw him hit the car because I was right behind it and told him that he needs to be more attentive since he has the responsibility of all his passengers, as well as the those vehicles around him.
I realized that unless the driver of the white car also confronted the driver, nothing more was going to come from the situation, so I just left.
Now I'm wondering if I should go back to the school and talk to the principal... I often complain that there are so many problems in the world because no one wants to get involved.
In this case, I probably would have chalked up the incident to an honest mistake, except that the bus driver's gratuitous lane changes after the accident make me feel that this may be indicative of a larger problem.