Hello, My name is Jonathon and i own a property maintenance and landscape company in the mid atlantic region. I started when i was ten years old. I mowed my grandmother's house and it took off from there. I was first using my dads Yard Man rider when i started my business and a homelite curved shaft trimmer. I moved up to a Snapper 61" front mount i bought from my grandfather when i was 14 for 2k. Then when i turned sixteen i pulled my mower on my grandfathers 6x10 trailer to maintain my lawns. By the age of 17 i bought a dodge ram 1500 4x4 short bed and a 16' tandem axel utility trailer and started doing a lot more maintenance work for my exisiting clients. At this point i was running somewhere i n the neighborhood of 20 accounts but they were full service so it kept me busy. For the next two years i grew to about 30 accounts and i was lovin it. Then all of the sudden i was sitting close two 40 accounts and i was growing steady so in the fall of 04 i purchased a bunch of new equipment and was looking forward to hitting the ground running the following spring. I hit the ground running hard and went from 40 to almost sixty accounts good mix of residential and commercial when the enevitable hit... I was going to a property to do a take off and was involved in a serious accident. The elderly woman coasted out in front of me in the intersection i tried to stop but hit here on the driver side. Minimal damage to my truck or so i thought.... i tried to help her but thats best left up to the emergency crews. I was accused of speeding by the state trooper on the scene and because i told him i was not speeding he had crime scene investigation come out and reconstruct the entire accident. The posted speed limit for the road was 35mph. Two hours later still sitting on the side of the road the cop comes up to me and says that i was being accused of speeding at the rate of 50mph on the road at the time of the accident and after they ran all their tests they found that i was only doing a speed of approximately 37mph. Not enough to convict me of speeding. So i asked how the lady was and they could give me no information. The following morning i show up to my dads work and over here some people talking about the accident and they said it s a shame that lady died. My stomach flipped!!! My dad was gonna call me to tell me but i beat him to it. That was the worst day of my life. After all this her insurance company screwed around for one month before my truck could even see a shop for repairs. By the time my truck was in the shop mowing had already started and i had know way to pull any trailers to get to my sights. After my truck was finished i had lost over 40 clients due to not being able to get there. I had gotten my truck back about the begining to middle of may but by that time many of my clients found other lawn guys who were cutting their grass for dirt. Since then i have been trying to re build and get back on my feet. I'm working on it . i will get back to that some day. Thanks for reading!