The following are actual statements found on insurance forms where drivers attempted to summarize the details of an accident in the fewest words possible:
• Coming home, I drove into wrong house and collided with a tree I don’t have.
• I thought my window was down, but found it was up when I put my head through it.
• The other car collided with mine without giving warning of its intentions.
• I collided with a stationary car 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.
• In my attempt to kill a fly, I drove into a telephone pole.
• I had been driving for 40 years when I fell asleep at the wheel and had an accident.
• As I approached the intersection a 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.
• To avoid hitting the bumper of the car in front, I struck the pedestrian.
• An invisible car came out of nowhere, struck my car and vanished.
• I told the police that I was not injured, but upon removing my hat found that I had a fractured skull.
• The pedestrian had no idea which direction to run, so I ran over him.
to attempt – to try
to collide with something – to crash into sth.
stationary – not moving
windshield – the window across the front of a car
a pedestrian – a person walking in the street
to swerve – to change direction suddenly, especially when you don`t want to hit something on the road
to glance – to have a short look
a telephone pole – a tall wooden pole used for carrying telephone wires high above the ground
an intersection – a place where two or more roads cross each other
a bumper – a bar fixed to the front and back of a car to reduce the effect if it hits anything
to strike (past form: struck) – to hit
to vanish – to disappear
to remove – to take off
fractured – broken
skull – the bone that forms the head and protects the brain
to run over – to drive over somebody`s body by a car or other vehicle