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Scrrreeeeech Bonk [Jul. 21st, 2004|10:32 am]
I got rear-ended while driving to work this morning. Great way to start the day.

Fortunately, no one was injured. I was slowing down in traffic (to around 10 mph) and the guy behind me didn't immediately notice. His slowing, though audibly sincere, was a bit delayed; I'd guess he was going around 25-30 mph when our bumpers connected. I realized that a collision was imminent too late to really do anything other than face forward. Quite a thump in the back, let me tell you.

No injuries, just bumper damage on each car. He offered apologies and it looked like we had about the same reaction: Damn, this sucks. Well, it can be fixed.

I exchanged information. I also took some photos of both cars at the scene (I-880S near Industrial). Keeping a disposable camera in the glove box was a great piece of advice given to me by patch_bunny.

So... Later today I get to go visit the insurance office and get a damage assesment. Then talk to the garage about fixing it. Fun fun. :P

[User Picture]From: griffinwolf
2004-07-21 06:07 pm (UTC)
Well, outside of environmental reasons, you can sure bet that car manufacturers started using these shiney bumpers because they knew they could charge a bundle to get it replaced at the slightest touch.
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[User Picture]From: twopiearr
2004-07-21 06:34 pm (UTC)
ultimately are easier to repair than humans. annoying, but i'm very glad you're intact.

the disposable camera idea is a good one - i carry my digital everywhere on similar logic.

I wonder if insurance companies would reject digital photos on the grounds of their being less tamper-proof?
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[User Picture]From: brandywine93
2004-07-21 07:18 pm (UTC)
eeep!!! well glad you're ok. :-) and yea for car insurance! also a very good idea about the camera.
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[User Picture]From: 3catsjackson
2004-07-21 07:29 pm (UTC)
Eep! Sorry to hear that. Very much concur that it's up there as a Seriously Not Good way to start the day. But of course, glad that you're intact.
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[User Picture]From: witchofnovember
2004-07-21 08:08 pm (UTC)
Make sure you see a doctor, You can feel fine then the back ache hits...
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2004-07-21 08:20 pm (UTC)
I just have a very slight lingering soreness in my neck. Honestly, it's about what I'd have after riding a rollercoaster. So, unless I feel something in the next 24 hours, I'm not really inclined to think I need a medical exam. The impact, though solid, wasn't too sharp or extreme.
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[User Picture]From: crosscheck_fox
2004-07-21 08:22 pm (UTC)
Do be kind though and not abuse the system. I just got hit with a general rate hike on my insurance and a large part of such increases come from what are basically fraudulent injury claims in accidents. I know you wouldn't do that unless it was a real injury. This just comes to mind though as my mom did the same thing this past weekend except she was the one running into someone. The other driver is now claiming she was going faster than she said she was and is filing for a medical claim / back injury as a result of being rear ended at 5-10mph. *joy*

Anyway, good to hear you're alright. I saw a nasty three car crunch yesterday. A couple of vehicles were tailgating in 30mph bumper to bumper traffic and they were staring at the accident on the other side of the freeway. I heard a crunch and looked over to see them plowing into each other. *bleh*
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2004-07-21 11:36 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I've got strong moral problems with that sort of thing. I came home, had a good shower, and feel fine now. So things are okay there.
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[User Picture]From: crosscheck_fox
2004-07-22 12:03 am (UTC)
Yeah I still feel strange to have been in a major vehicle accident ($15,000+ to a 03 Lexus IS300 I was driving when a Ford Explorer hit me in the driver's side front corner) and have walked away without any injuries. It never even crossed my mind to file a medical claim since I knew I wasn't hurt. Morality sucks like that. ;)
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[User Picture]From: penh
2004-07-21 08:25 pm (UTC)
His slowing, though audibly sincere, was a bit delayed.

I nominate this for Best Sentence of 2004.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2004-07-21 11:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you. High praise from you! :) I did spend some time choosing words, there.
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[User Picture]From: rakhan
2004-07-21 10:35 pm (UTC)
Hey glad you allright and hope it all gets fixed soon enough :)
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[User Picture]From: agentmiss
2004-07-22 12:00 am (UTC)
Glad you're ok, and sorry about the car. What is it about that household and people running into you guys?
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[User Picture]From: traveller_blues
2004-07-22 05:45 pm (UTC)
Bad carma?


Seriously, though, glad that you're okay. No flat rats to-day.

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