Although this is just a web site our readers and contributors are all friends. Those of you who attend the Talladega Family Reunions every year know why the “Family” is part of the Reunion title. If you have attended any of the Reunions you also know Alan Miller. I believe he has attended everyone of them and is a regular on this web site and in the Forum. Alan wanted me to send this out to everyone so YOU can learn from his learning experience.
Most of us really enjoy working on our cars to some extent. I am sure most of us have also taken some rather dangerous short cuts at times when we knew better. STOP! Don’t ever get under your car again without proper jack stands! I don’t care how careful you are, don’t do it.
I am guilty of having done it in the past for a quick inspection or to tighten a bolt or look for a leak or what ever. I even have a lift in the garage and sometimes am so lazy I don’t even use it. Well, that is all over.
Our friend Alan Miller (Remember his Lee Roy Yarbrough front end that was posted on this site just a few days ago?) just send me his story of being stupid almost not living to be able to tell anyone about it. This happened last weekend and these are his words! The photos are frightening! He was home alone at the time.
This is the my best account of my accident.
I was trying to jack the car up to slide the car lift ramps under the wheels. I Couldn’t get the front high enough. You know there isn’t a good place to jack the front of these cars up. I put wood blocks under the front wheels and wood blocks on the jack. I should have put jack stands under the front. My head shouldn’t have there to start with but it was.
I think I accidentally turned the jack handle and it came down on my head. I knew I was in trouble and I had to get my head out or I was done. Blood was going everywhere. I managed to slide my head out and took my shirt to try and stop the bleeding. I couldn’t tell where it was coming from so I put my finger in my mouth and I could feel my back teeth were sticking up. I pushed them down and they came back up. My jaw was broke and I didn’t know it.
I had enough sense to call my wife, I guess adrenaline kicked in. My wife got me to the hospital and I walked in the door with no shirt on and blood all over me . They asked my name and date of birth and took me straight to a room. We should have called an ambulance but I got there fast enough. Its about three miles to the hospital.
My jaw is broken in two places. They put plates and screws in my jaw. I haven’t had any pain medication since surgery which nobody can believe. My mouth is wired shut and that’s the worst part. I have to eat with a syringe.
My biggest plea to everyone is never ever get under a car without jack stands. Have somebody with you and maybe they can keep you from making a mistake.
I’ll be okay with some time. If you are going to be stupid you better be tough. I didn’t realize how tough I was. I hope everyone can learn from my mistake. I know I have. This is my story the best I can tell it.
I want to thank Alan for be willing to tell his story so that maybe the rest of us will learn something.