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Published on Sep 01, 2009 by Edgar Snyder

Attorney Jim Heneghan: My Car Accident, Part I

Attorney Jim Heneghan's car accident

Car accidents can be life-changing events, and our attorneys and staff have helped many people whose lives have been affected by them. From time to time, our employees are personally involved in an accident that gives them new insights into what our clients go through.

One of our attorneys, Jim Heneghan, had this type of experience within the past year. Because it's the type of event that so many of our clients can relate to, we thought it would be good for him to share his story in this blog.

The first part of his story is below.


"I was driving home and was only a couple of hundred feet from the entranceway into my development when I slid on some ice and snow that had formed on the road. My plan had been to go home, shovel the snow at my house, and then watch the football game. I didn't make it.

I wasn't driving fast, so when I first began to slide on the ice, I thought I'd be able to gain control. However, I continued to slide toward the side of the road, and then off the side of the road, and then I realized that I was going to go over a 15- to 20-foot drop. I remember thinking, 'This is not going to be good.'

My car went over the drop, seemed to flip, and then my air bags deployed from the impact of the front of the vehicle slamming into the ground. I remember thinking for a split second after the impact, 'That wasn't too bad – I'm alright.' But then the car, which was straight up in the air, fell back and slammed to the ground, coming down on all four tires. That is when I immediately felt a shooting pain go down my back.

I sat there for a moment trying to gather my thoughts and take full effect of what just happened. I checked myself over for injuries, found none, and then looked around my car. Everything was a mess. CD's were all over the place and my briefcase and papers from work were scattered around. I gathered myself and my phone and climbed the hill to the road. I got to the top of the road just as a man was driving by, and he stopped and asked if I needed help. It was then that I turned around, looked down the drop off at the car, and realized how lucky I was. The front end of the SUV had been pushed in, and because of the snow, my white SUV wasn't visible to cars driving along the road. Had I been knocked out, I might not have been found until and if I became conscious. I turned to the guy and said something to the effect of, 'I think you better stay.'

It was at that point I called my wife. I actually tried to call 911 but my phone wouldn't allow me to dial the numbers. My wife answered and I said, with my horn, which wouldn't shut off, blasting in the background, 'I'm ok, but I was in an accident.' That's when my phone went dead."

Part II of Jim's experience will be up in a few days, so stay tuned until then.

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