We’ve all been there. Well, maybe not all of us, but many of us. The first car crash. Many times, car accidents are not life threatening and, when you are far enough removed to look back without stress and anxiety, can be quite entertaining to talk about. This is especially true when you have been given a fantastically out-of-this-world ridiculous excuse from the other driver.
On that note, what follows are some of the best car accident excuses ever recorded by and collected by law enforcement and insurance companies.
1. The Invisible Car
Now, there are cars that speed so fast down the highway that they are a virtual blur as they blast past us, but invisible? Unlikely. Imagine, then, an officer’s surprise when an excuse given was “An invisible car came out of nowhere, struck my vehicle, and vanished.” There are so many things wrong with this excuse that it’s hard to know where to begin. An invisible car is impossible. An invisible car that vanishes? Wow.
2. Stationary Truck
We aren’t sure if the person giving this excuse meant a stationery truck, like one carrying paper, or a stationary truck, like one sitting still. Either way, the excuse is a great one. We can only assume that because this one made several lists of top car accident excuses that the person meant a truck that wasn’t moving. How, then, was it coming the other way?
3. The Moving Telephone Pole
Another great excuse if there ever was one. “The telephone pole was approaching fast. I was attempting to swerve out of its path when it struck my front end.” Hmm. Never mind that telephone poles don’t move, let alone approach fast, but the excuse is simply unbelievable.
4. The Pedestrian
It can be extraordinarily traumatic to hit a pedestrian. There are a variety of excuses that come to mind if someone is trying to place the blame elsewhere. The man wasn’t in the crosswalk. She was wearing all black at night.One of the excuses that doesn’t immediately come to mind is “The pedestrian hit me and went under my car.” What kind of person hits a car and travels under it on purpose?
5. Legally Parked
It seems as though it would be common sense that to have a collision with another car, you would have to be moving. It also stands to reason that you would have to be backing up to back into a car. Why then, did someone think telling the police that they were legally parked when their car backed into another vehicle was a good idea?
6. The Wrong House
Most of us have pulled into the wrong driveway because we have been preoccupied. We may even have struck a mailbox or hit a garbage can. Who knows? One person told police that they were coming home, drove into the wrong house and collided with a tree that wasn’t theirs. Well, of course the tree wasn’t theirs… it wasn’t even their house.
7. Small Man
It’s not unusual for people to tell police that they don’t know why they were involved in an accident. Whether it is due to distraction or simple inattention, people have been involved in accidents before they even knew what happened. If you are going to tell police that you don’t know what caused the accident, it’s best to not even try to come up with the indirect cause of the accident like one person did. “The indirect cause of this accident was a little guy in a small car with a big mouth.” Road rage?
8. Rear End Trouble
We aren’t sure about this one. Either someone was really having problems with their vehicle or they were trying to tell the police officer that they were having tummy troubles. In either case…”I was on the way to the doctor with rear end trouble when my universal joint gave way causing me to have an accident.” This excuse can be interpreted in so many different ways that it’s best we just let it be.
9. Give it Gas
We have all been in near misses. We may even have been in accidents that we did our best to avoid. Telling the police that you did the exact opposite of what you should have done probably isn’t the best idea. “When I could not avoid a collision, I stepped on the gas and crashed into the other car.” That’s one way to take care of it.
10. Surprise Stop Sign
It can be tough to get used to a new stop sign when it’s put in, especially when you frequently drive through that intersection. To tell police that a stop sign appeared right before your eyes, however, is a bit of a stretch. “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.” Just a tip: Stop signs don’t jump in and out of place on their own.
Have you ever been involved in an accident and heard one of these types of ridiculous excuses from the other driver? Hopefully you haven’t been the driver that gave an excuse like what you just read. If you aren’t sure what to say after an accident, you are better off just not saying anything at all. When in doubt, stay quiet. If you don’t say anything, nothing can be used against you later should you be forced to appear in court.
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