Sliding Doors

Real Estate Agent with Jameson Sotheby's International Realty

On the way home from a showing, yesterday, I came to a crossroads.

Should I turn left, and just stop at the gas station, fill the car and go home? Or should I turn right and head to the grocery store and refill my almost empty larder?

I quickly made the decision to head right to the grocery... since It was a beautiful day here in greater Chicagoland... it was 76°, the sky was blue the sun was shining, and I had the convertible out for what was likely to be one of the last days before winter clamped down hard on the Chicago area.  Grey, cold and snowy for December, January and February.  Since the path to the grocery was a little longer, I chose that route.

I made the turn, came to the very first light and stopped.  I suddenly heard a smashing noise behind me (sounds as though someone had thrown a garbage can down a short set of stairs), and about a second later, my car was gently pushed forward about 3 inches.

The car behind me had been violently rear-ended, and that caused them to be pushed into me.

There was very little damage to my car... but the car behind me had been sandwiched, and the "offender" (who had clearly been using his cell phone, instead of scanning to road ahead of him)... well, the front of his car strongly resembled an accordian.

Had I chosen to go the gas station... and head home... might I have avoided this rear-ending??  I guess we'll never know.  And yes, for those of you were going to ask... I'm okay.

Posted by

 ALAN MAY, Realtor®   
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate

Jameson Sotheby's International Realty, 2934 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
Office: 847.869.7300      Cell: 847.924.3313      Email:

Evanston Real Estate & North Shore Real Estate
Licensed in Illinois


Comments (10)

Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Alan May I'm glad to hear you were not injured.... cell phone use while driving should result in loss of license.... vehicles can be weapons....drivers must think about that.

Nov 09, 2020 08:43 AM
Alan May

Clearly there should be some major consequence.  (btw... love your new photo).

Nov 09, 2020 09:24 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Oh man fun when that happens. Been there had that happen a few  years ago.  Glad you're ok and there isn't much damage to your car. The guy who caused this drama should have consequences. Drives me nuts when I see people on their phones while driving.

Nov 09, 2020 10:16 AM
Alan May

I can't honestly say that I haven't done it... but I try not to... and it's the exact reason why I got a bluetooth enabled car in 2005!

Nov 09, 2020 11:02 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good afternoon Alan May ,

Certainly glad to hear you were not hurt in that fender bender! Driving while using your cell phones is so dangerous and this driving needs to be fined for the use of a cell phone while driving as well as cited for causing this accident!

Nov 09, 2020 11:18 AM
Alan May

I hope he gets a big fine.

Nov 09, 2020 11:58 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Alan May  We must be thankful for small favors. You were not hurt and the car did not receive much damage. You did get to go driving on a beautiful day with the top down in your convertible. I am sorry that it ended with a bang.

Nov 09, 2020 11:54 AM
Alan May

I just came from the body shop... apparently "not much damage" these days is almost $1,000.00.

Nov 09, 2020 11:58 AM
Jim Patton
Aspire Home Real Estate 209-404-0816 - Modesto, CA
Realtor - Stanislaus ,Merced, San Joaquin Counties

Hi Alan May glad to hear you are ok.  I had the same thing happen to me a couple years ago except I was the middle car.  I hadn't even made my first payment on the car yet.  Everything got fixed and no one was hurt, so there is that silver lining. 

Nov 09, 2020 12:09 PM
Alan May

many years ago... I had someone back into my brand-new car.  Everything was fixed and it was covered by their insurance... but I learned, when I went to trade it in five years later, that the frame had been damaged and it cost me $3K in trade-in-value.

Nov 09, 2020 12:35 PM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Glad to hear you are OK first, always good to get checked out though just in case.

Nov 09, 2020 01:21 PM
Alan May

it was barely a bump.  I'm not worried.  If feel bad for the middle car.

Nov 09, 2020 02:06 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Alan- ahhhhh the road not taken or taken in your situation.  So very glad that you're ok and that the damage to your car is not more. I have been the middle car before and it's no fun so glad that you lead the parade. 

Nov 09, 2020 06:58 PM
Alan May

the best position, in this case.

Nov 10, 2020 06:04 AM
Peter den Boer
Atlanta Communities - Woodstock, GA
MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor

And if you had turned left, who knows what might have awaited you there. Fires, storms, pestilence. Maybe you took the correct turn anyway?

Nov 10, 2020 04:14 AM
Alan May

ooooh... pestilence!

Nov 10, 2020 06:04 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD


Nov 14, 2020 09:00 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I'm glad to hear you're okay! Who knows what would have happened had you taken the other path. Maybe that's where the cell phone guy was coming from and he would have gotten you instead.

Nov 13, 2020 10:19 AM
Alan May

always possible.

Nov 13, 2020 10:20 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Oh damn, I'm sorry to hear this, but it's good to know you are okay. 

Nov 14, 2020 08:59 AM
Alan May

thank you.

Nov 14, 2020 06:16 PM