Most people think of Segway’s as these fun scooter-type vehicles and as a fun way to see the sites in Richmond. But for me, when I look at a Segway now, all I can think about is the day my life was destroyed by this monstrosity of a vehicle.
The day started off like any other. I got my kids up and ready for school, dropped them off and made my way downtown to one of my favorite coffee shops before work. I remember thinking about how I wished the barista would hurry up with my latte, so I could get into work and prep for a big performance review I had that day. I was hoping for a promotion and today was the day I had the chance to show my boss that I was the woman for the job. Unfortunately, I never made it to my performance review that day.
As I was leaving the coffee shop, with beverages for my colleagues, as well as my latte, I was suddenly slammed into by a man on a Segway. It would have been annoying enough to have been run over by one of these things, but as I fell, the six cups of hot coffee splashed on my face, causing third-degree burns over 90 percent of my shoulders, neck, and face.
The burns were so severe, that even after undergoing six months of treatment, including skin grafts, my face is still horrifically scarred. My kids can no longer look at me directly and my relationship with my husband has fallen apart, all because some guy on a Segway couldn’t stay in his lane of traffic instead of on the sidewalk.
I was told that I should contact a Richmond car accident lawyer, but in all the hype, the man on the Segway didn’t even stop to see if I was okay, and I have no idea who he is to this day. I had to rely on my own insurance to help me through this terrible event and, honestly, it just wasn’t enough.
To be perfectly honest, I’m still barely getting by every day. I can’t look at myself in the mirror anymore without being constantly reminded of that horrible day, and of course, I didn’t get my promotion. How could I when I spent more than six months in the hospital? I was just lucky to retain my job at all.
I wish this story had a happy ending for readers, but sometimes life just isn’t fair. Maybe things will get better as the years go on, but for now, I just can’t get past what that man’s recklessness has done to my life.