Well, I experienced it yesterday. A completely intoxicated guy jumped in front of my car on NH1, in broad daylight around 2pm.
In my attempt to rescue him, I lost control of my Mahindra Xylo (I got a positive and a negative review for it, but more on that later).
My car swirled, tipped on one side, flipped and hit the sidewalk. There were 3 ladies, 4 kids and me in the car.
I was hanging by the seat belt when I looked up and there were 30 odd people standing around the car.
I got out of the car thru the broken glass of the driver’s side window and by the time I got a grip of myself, the crowd had already taken care of the rest of the passengers and helped them get out of the car through the broken windows.
I checked and everyone was fine. No major injuries. By the time I turned back, people had already flipped the car back, the ambulance was there asking for first aid and the cops had come. From SHO to senior officials, there were 3 rounds of cops that came and everyone was fairly courteous.
An Income Tax Deputy Commissioner, who was right behind my car stopped and offered to take my family home. A politician stopped and offered his car. A businessman on his way to Delhi, stopped and offered to drop people home. Someone handed me my tab and said please keep it safe.
Since I was coming back from a wedding party, all I had to do was make a call and five cars came to rescue from my family in another 30 minutes. Soon, the scene was taken over by them and I was left to think about and absorb what had happened.
Here are my lessons from the day:
• If given an opportunity, people would genuinely want to help. All you need to do is appreciate their support. Rich and poor alike.
• There are drunkards on the road. BEWARE!
• Mahindra Xylo has amazing body power. For it to have sustained this kinda crash with no injuries to anyone, just amazing!
• Mahindra Xylo is unstable. It can topple over faster and easier than other cars.
• It helps (really helps) to have a good insurance provider. I have the best person who did my insurance and managed everything today. How much the insurance company pays needs to be seen. 🙂