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Originally posted by oldpbnoob oldpbnoob wrote:

Originally posted by Ace_Of_Spades Ace_Of_Spades wrote:

I'm only 22 and have gone through 6 vehicles to which none were my fault. All the defensive... and even offensive driving can't stop the freak surprises I have been through. Bad luck i suppose.
What sucks is that your insurance company can still drop you with a record like this. I got dropped by my insurance company when I was like 20 for having too many claims. None of which were my fault.
 
Well thankfully I was a part of my family's insurance. They all had not a blemish on their records. I seemed to have been the bad egg among the 4 of us on the insurance. Although my older sister has been in 3, of which 2 were her fault to which both were completely totalled.
 
4 of mine were totalled out of the 6 with 2 being technically totalled because the repairs would have been more than the car's value.
 
I think the scariest accident I had been in was when I was still in highschool. Was driving to school like any other day and was taking the exit off the highway to keep the local hole-in-the-wall donut shop afloat with my purchase when a brand new Chevy 2500 pulling a 25ft. gooseneck trailor flew by me and decided halfway through passing me that it was a good time to get into my lane to take the exit as well. Unfortunately for me I had only a few seconds to decide whether to make a multicar pile-up or take my chances hitting the service road that was 25ft. straight down. I took the high dive going 45, hit the service road somehow threadnig the needle between two cars down there, bounced like a bouncy ball into a 4 ft deep cement culvert, somehow bounced again out of that and came to a stop in a guy's front lawn. None of my airbags deployed and I left the steering wheel with a nice dent from my chest hitting it.
 
The funny thing is that the first thing I did was go to the owner of the lawn I just excavated and let him know I was terribly sorry about it.He then proceded to tell me he has seen many cars throughout his 40+ years of living there fly off the highway and that I was the first to not have my vehicle roll over in the process. I then called my father, who's a police officer, to let him know I just flew my truck off the highway like a failed RedBull human glider competition and that I was fine but the truck is pretty beat up.
 
I somehow managed to have gotten the front license plate of the truck as it flew by me monets before it cut me off seared into my brain, so my father managed to pull some strings in his department and got the whole legal ball rolling VERY quickly.
 
We ended up driving the truck to the wrecker, which I find amazing the frame held together as well as it did considering the angle of impact from both the service road and the culvert. The frame machine at the wrecker almost broke trying to realign the frame of the truck as well... Which is why I am now a devout follower of Dodge trucks.
 
TL;DR - I flew off a highway in a Dodge 1500 onto a service road which was 25ft. down after being cut off, sustained 4 broken ribs after the adrenaline wore off and managed to still drive the truck to the wrecker.
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Originally posted by Ace_Of_Spades Ace_Of_Spades wrote:

I'm only 22 and have gone through 6 vehicles to which none were my fault. All the defensive... and even offensive driving can't stop the freak surprises I have been through. Bad luck i suppose.
What sucks is that your insurance company can still drop you with a record like this. I got dropped by my insurance company when I was like 20 for having too many claims. None of which were my fault.
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Having been rear ended and T-boned more than once in various different vehicle models, I'm surprised at the amount of damage  your vehicle did NOT receive. For him to launch you across the intersection he must have been going ~40-50mph. I've been hit by 2 different drunk drivers and each time the rear end of my vehicle was slaughtered, not drivable at all. One of the instances my right rear wheel was launched into some poor guy's house window across the street.
 
I'm only 22 and have gone through 6 vehicles to which none were my fault. All the defensive... and even offensive driving can't stop the freak surprises I have been through. Bad luck i suppose.


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Glad you're ok. Yeah, my guess is it's totaled considering they would essentially have to cut the car off at about the middle of the back doors and replace it. Cheaper/easier to total it. If they fix it, it will never be right.

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Pics I took after I got all my stuff out of the car.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I found I could open each door, even the tailgate amazingly enough.  All the stuff in the back is what they shoveled off the street that appeared to belong to my car.  Spoke with the guy at the impound yard.  He was amazed the guy got away, much less get as far as 5 miles away.  Said he found half the guys battery in the middle of the intersection.
 
Found out what I got hit by as well from the accident report.  A 2007 Kia Sportage.  The clerk at the Public Safety Office said she was still busy putting together a list of mailboxes the idiot hit as he fled the scene.  It is a miracle that he didn't hit anyone else before he got caught.
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Certainly glad you're largely okay, and that can't be said enough.




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Originally posted by ammolord ammolord wrote:

Wow, glad to see you're ok. Hit ya hard enough to knock the o out of equinox. From everything I know about auto collision repair I would guess they'll total it, the roof even tweaked (look above the rear doors).
 
I noticed that.  I took some more pics of it today when I emptied her out this morning.  I'll put them up tomorrow.
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Wow, glad to see you're ok. Hit ya hard enough to knock the o out of equinox. From everything I know about auto collision repair I would guess they'll total it, the roof even tweaked (look above the rear doors).
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Originally posted by FreeEnterprise FreeEnterprise wrote:

Wow... Glad  you are "OK", course impacts like that take a LONG time to heal. I would find a GOOD chiropractor, (many are not, it is hard to find a good one... ask around).
I'll ask my wife.  She's a Chiropractor.  She might know a good one.  Wink
Originally posted by FreeEnterprise FreeEnterprise wrote:

Your car did a good job of protecting the occupants, especially when you see all the damage at the door seams... He must have been FLYING when he hit you.
I have to admit, the safety features in the frame itself seems to have absorbed or re-directed the brunt of the energy.  He was moving.  I only saw him maybe 4 car lengths away before he got me.  I didn't have time to draw a breath.  The posted speed limit is 45 mph.  He was easily IMHO doing 10 over before the collision. 

Originally posted by FreeEnterprise FreeEnterprise wrote:

If he was driving under a suspended license, he probably was using someone else's car... And THEY have insurance that would cover you!
This is an unknown at this time.  I'm travelling back down to the area to stop by the Public Safety office to see if I can get a copy of the accident report, then I have to go to the Prosecutor's office at the courthouse to sign some documentation in regards to the accident.  I'll see what I can learn from there as well.  Last but not least, I'm going to see if the impound yard still has the car so I can get some of my stuff out of it. 

Originally posted by FreeEnterprise FreeEnterprise wrote:

My guess on the car damage is $13,000.
We'll see.  If the frame is as bad as I think it is, they might end up totalling it.  That would be a shame, I really liked that car.  It isn't a fitting end for my first new car purchase. 

Originally posted by FreeEnterprise FreeEnterprise wrote:

Soft tissue damage to your back is nothing to mess around with.
Agreed.  I'm plenty sore.   I'll let the meds handle the discomfort.
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Wow... Glad  you are "OK", course impacts like that take a LONG time to heal. I would find a GOOD chiropractor, (many are not, it is hard to find a good one... ask around). 

Your car did a good job of protecting the occupants, especially when you see all the damage at the door seams... He must have been FLYING when he hit you. 

If he was driving under a suspended license, he probably was using someone else's car... And THEY have insurance that would cover you! 

My guess on the car damage is $13,000. 

Soft tissue damage to your back is nothing to mess around with. 
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Glad you survived! Pictures or it didn't happen. 

Get well soon. Sue his butt.
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Pics taken the other day in the impound yard where it is being stored until my insurance company tows it to the bodyshop for evaluation.
 
Can't believe one stitch of glass broke.  How amazing is that???
 
 


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Originally posted by tallen702 tallen702 wrote:

Originally posted by impulse418 impulse418 wrote:


Originally posted by RoboCop RoboCop wrote:

Glad you survived! Pictures or it didn't happen. 

Get well soon. Sue his butt.


The only assets he has, is probably some beer cozies and smokes.


Wage garnishment is a revenge dish best served cold....
Heh.  Wage garnishmnet.  LOL  Where he'll be working, he'd be lucky to make $.13/hr working in the kitchen...
 
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He'll be residing in MY facility for a little bit after he's convicted.  He'll be in protective custody where I can't get to him, but I have friends in low places.  Embarrassed
 


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Originally posted by tallen702 tallen702 wrote:

Originally posted by impulse418 impulse418 wrote:


Originally posted by RoboCop RoboCop wrote:

Glad you survived! Pictures or it didn't happen. 

Get well soon. Sue his butt.


The only assets he has, is probably some beer cozies and smokes.


Wage garnishment is a revenge dish best served cold....

Thats no joke - some of the guys I know can work all week and bring home almost nothing.


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If this happened up here, it would be a double digit DUI and he'd get a slap on the wrist.
 
Sounds about right for WI too.  Apparently 2012 was the year of the drunk wrong way freeway driver down in the Milwaukee area.  I think the total was up near 40 for the year.
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Originally posted by impulse418 impulse418 wrote:


Originally posted by RoboCop RoboCop wrote:

Glad you survived! Pictures or it didn't happen. 

Get well soon. Sue his butt.


The only assets he has, is probably some beer cozies and smokes.


Wage garnishment is a revenge dish best served cold....
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Originally posted by impulse418 impulse418 wrote:

Originally posted by RoboCop RoboCop wrote:

Glad you survived! Pictures or it didn't happen. 

Get well soon. Sue his butt.


The only assets he has, is probably some beer cozies and smokes.


Just because the jerk only has a few belongings and they are probably junk is no reason not to take them anyway.

Glad to hear you're ok.

If this happened up here, it would be a double digit DUI and he'd get a slap on the wrist.


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Originally posted by RoboCop RoboCop wrote:

Glad you survived! Pictures or it didn't happen. 

Get well soon. Sue his butt.


The only assets he has, is probably some beer cozies and smokes.
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Glad you survived! Pictures or it didn't happen. 

Get well soon. Sue his butt.

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