Hello everyone. Some of you know me, I first found this site after surviving a suicide attempt. I must admit I haven't been on DS in a long time but today I just had to come back. For those of you that don't know me, I suffer from moderate depression, but these past few months it's been getting better. I haven't really been sad about my life, it's slowly coming up. But earlier today I got into my first car accident. I'm 21 years old (just turned in January) and I've been driving since I was 16 years old. I got my license for my 17th birthday. So anyway, I live in Maryland while I attend UMES, but I'm not in school this semester because I owe them money and my mom has to pay that before I go back. So I'm in New York (my hometown and where my mom lives) until I go back to school. I live in the Bronx, and I was on my way to get a smoothie when the accident happened. I was coming down a street with a stop sign at the end. When I got to the stop sign, I stopped for 3 seconds, looked around the intersection quickly, and continued to drive. I didn't see the car coming down the street until I got in the middle of the street, and I sort of froze. I didn't know if I should stop, or keep going, and by the time I decided to try and keep driving, the woman hit my car with the front of her car on my driver's side. Nobody's airbags deployed or anything, it wasn't that hard of a crash, but it shocked me. It was my first ever accident and I was upset that it even happened at all. The woman that was driving had her friend in the car with her, and her friend started screaming at me that I didn't stop. The way the intersection is designed is sort of a death trap. The street I was coming down had a stop sign, but their's didn't, so they had the right of way. But the street they were coming down was a slightly steep hill. So the where they were, they didn't see me stop. And where I was, I didn't see them coming until I got in the middle of the street. So I feel we both made a mistake. I was upset with the driver because just because you have the right of way doesn't mean you have to barrel down the street. She kept going even though she saw my car. And even if I didn't stop, she could've stopped and not hit my car. But New Yorkers are really rude sometimes and I feel she kept going because she felt she could. She was far enough away from me that she could stop and she didnt. Luckily the accident happened a block away from my house, and my mom was home. So I called my mom and the other woman called the police. The police came pretty fast and an ambulance came, and those women went to the hospital and parked and left their car on the street near where we had the accident. Nobody was injured, yet they went to the hospital, and I think they were faking injuries. They both got out of the car and walked around and talked to the police with no problem. But as soon as the paramedics came they claimed wanting to go to the hospital. Bullcrap. So the main reason why I'm telling you guys this story is because I'm feeling depressed. I haven't really felt this way in a real long time. Is it normal to feel depressed after getting into an accident? I just feel anxious, nervous, sad, depressed, regretful, guilty, just all these emotions bottled up in one and it feels real bad. Any advice would help. Thanks.
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