Many have experienced the confusion of traffic accidents, and have had to try to summarize exactly what happened in a few words or less on insurance or accident forms.  The following quotes were taken from these forms, and were eventually published in the Toronto Sunday, July 26, 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 found it was up when I put my hand through it. "


"I collided with a stationary truck going the other way.”


“A truck backed through my windshield into my wife's face. "


"A pedestrian hit me and went under my car.”


"The guy was all over the road.  I had to swerve a number of times before I hit him. "


"I pulled away from the side of the road, glanced at 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. "


"As I approached the intersection, a stop sign 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 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 gentlemen as he bounced off 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 serve out of its path when it struck my front end. "


"I was unable to stop in time, and my car crashed into the other vehicle.  The driver and passengers then left immediately for vacation with injuries.”