So my faithful Honda Civic is now at the body shop. The left front (I think it's called the quarter panel?) is completely demolished including the headlight (which probably means the front is also damaged), something is bent onto my NEW Michelin tire, and I can see the windshield wiper fluid basin. All smashed. I have a rental car (Malibu). This is not what I meant when I posted that I want a new car!
I'm still a little shaky. I kinda want my mommy, but I know she's in bed. Plus she'll worry.
The body shop is in the town where I work and I told the guy my phone number, he said "do you work at xxxx?" I said yes, he said he does a lot of work for employees and physicians. So I feel confident he'll make my car all better.
And her insurance better pay it all!
|Bummer about your car, Paula, but thankfully at least no one was physically hurt. Yes, her insurance should pay for everything, including your rental. Guess you'll be getting your new car sooner than expected, huh?|
|Wow your first accident, no wonder you're shakey, so glad your ok.
I felt all shakey just from a little bingle when someone ran into the back of me. Hope your car gets fixed up all nice real soon.
I was just wondering yesterday if your knee was feeling better. Sounds like you've got more on your mind now.
Take care of yourself and it just takes a little time for the shakes to settle.
|Oh Paula! So glad you are ok.
Take care of yourself- you might be sore tomorrow.
|Mim, my knees were diagnosed with bursitis and tendonitis. I'm on anti-inflammatories and icing it. I also do some mild strengthening exercises. They are feeling better, but I'm also not kneeling which is makes them the most sore. Thanks for asking.
The insurance agency was closd by the time we were done with the police report, etc., so I hope I did the right thing by towing it to the body shop. The tow truck driver and police officer said it couldn't be driven.
I guess I'll have a "new old" car after it's been fixed!
|glad you are OK. Hope all goes as you want it. You sID YOU WANTED A NEW CAR, BUT NOT THIS WAY!!!darn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!|
|Wow, that is like you cursed yourself!!!
Seriously, I am so glad you are OK. I bet you were shaking.
I hope they are able to make your car all better.
|This is a sign that you should get a new car!|
|My thoughts exactly, Jill. Paula - here's your sign!|
|Paula, I agree. New car time. As much as I love Sammy Solara, and even though she was fixed perfectly after my accident...I'm not comfortable driving in her. And I have been thinking of getting a new one because of that.|
When you get hit, it makes you a little crazy...get the car fixed, and go trade it in!!!
|Oh, Paula! How scary. Accidents can totally make you shaky. I've only 'knock on wood' been in 2 small fender benders (both stopped at stop lights and hit from behind) and THOSE left me shaky, so I can only imagine a more active accident.
Please take it easy.
And get a new car!
|I'm still waiting for the insurance adjuster and/or body shop to call. Someone said that the damage may be more than the blue book value of the car. If that is the case, I'm getting me an Accord.
It is so nice not to have a car payment. I'm just waiting to see how this all plays out before I make my decision.
|Glad you are okay.|
|I am so glad you're okay. Have you driven pass the accident scene yet? That seems to be hard for a lot of folks.|
|How ya feelin' today Paula????|
|Haven't driven by the scene of the accident yet and I don't think I will. I never liked that stretch of road so I'm just going to avoid it. Physically I'm o.k. Called the insurance company and they are supposed to send out an adjuster to look at my car. Haven't heard from them or the body shop today. I'm still a little shaky inside. I'm just tired and worn down from this hellish winter and this is adding to it. I want to go hibernate til spring!|
Glad you're okay and the accident wasn't more serious. On a positive note perhaps you will get your new vehicle after all and you'll also get something extra for dealing with pain. Hope it works out for you. Take care.
|Oh Paula! Hope you are feeling a little better today? You are going to extreme lengths to get this new car Wish I could be there to make you a nice hot drink and your favourite food! Accidents are awful, it's like being jolted inside and out
Definitely time for that new car!
PS Isn't it funny how when you finish paying for something, it suddenly breaks? It's like there is a self destruct timer or something.
Paula O. wrote:
Haven't driven by the scene of the accident yet and I don't think I will. I never liked that stretch of road so I'm just going to avoid it. Physically I'm o.k. Called the insurance company and they are supposed to send out an adjuster to look at my car. Haven't heard from them or the body shop today. I'm still a little shaky inside. I'm just tired and worn down from this hellish winter and this is adding to it. I want to go hibernate til spring!
I'll hibernate with ya.
|Deborah, we'll hibernate in Florida.
I called State Farm. They hope to get an adjuster out today, if not today, then Monday. The "insured" (i.e., the person who hit me) has not returned their calls. I hope that does not put a delay in the process of getting my car fixed.
I looked into 2009 Accords. I would have a $278 a month car payment! Nope, fix my Civic. I like not having a car payment.
|Hi I'm so glad your ok. Too bad you couldn't just ride Bob where ever you wanted to go.|
|Sorry about the accident, glad you are okay!!|
|Update: 6 days later and work was just started on my car today. The lady who hit me has NOT returned her insurance company's calls (State Farm) and said insurance agency was extremely rude to me. The insurance adjuster apparently went out yesterday but nobody told me. Liability cannot be proved until the lady talks to State Farm. But the body shop dude is cool with everything and said he has no problem with waiting for the money.
Approximately $2,800 damage to my car, and fortunately no mechanical damage, and my NEW Michelin tires are o.k. Apparently the wheel well collapsed onto the tire (or the tire was pushed, I didn't quite understand).
This has been quite an ordeal and shouldn't have been. Why does the innocent party (ME) have to make all the calls and be inconvenienced and prove innocence? I'm sure the lady who hit me thinks she'll get away with this, but State Farm will hunt her down. And if they don't, my insurance company (Allstate) will!
|Oh, Paula. I know how scary it is. I'm amazed that you've never been in an accident before. You must be a great defensive driver.|
|Stacy, I could give lessons in defensive driving. I'm always aware of what's going on around me, which I think is the most important part of driving. Too many people are absorbed in themselves, or talking on the phone, or whatever. I give them a wide berth and prefer to be the last in a line of cars! And I have no problem giving a road hog the finger.
My ex used to jokingly say people should drive offensively. I sometimes wish I could do that.
Paula O. wrote:
My ex used to jokingly say people should drive offensively. I sometimes wish I could do that.LOL.... actually I agree with him -- sometimes. I think that one needs to match their style of driving with the general driving populace of the area.
I have always been a careful driver, or so I thought, but when I was much younger I was driving a colleague somewhere and he was grabbing the handles and bracing himself along with frequent mutterings of "oh my god" and "Jesus!" . After I changed lanes while approaching a stoplight and he uttered the loudest of his expletives, I asked him what was the matter and he said "I am from New York, and cabbies don't drive this crazy."
Well, I might have been going a little faster than some and maybe a little more aggressive than others, but I wasn't making anything I'd consider to be wild or crazy moves; I was driving with a lead foot jackrabitting all over the place, I just saw that one lane had fewer cars and I filled the spot. When I was working I visited New York occasionally and I never thought that the cabbies were driving crazy; seemed perfectly normal to me.
Then I drove in other parts of the country. LOL Most places, people are a lot more courteous than they are around here, and generally drive much more slowly on city/suburban streets. So I understand why people from around the country are shell-shocked when they visit here.
Around here if you aren't going at least 75 in the 55 or 65 MPH highways, you will be overrun by people trying to make their way to wherever. Very frequently driving at 75 I'm being passed on both sides. By driving the legal limit, I would create a road hazard of people bunching up behind me and trying to get around me, trying to merge into a passing lane at 55 when all the other cars are going 75. Very dangerous. When people expect you to behave in one way (at intersections, for example) and you behave in another, I think you become a hazard.
In Boston crosswalks aren't enforced, so pedestrians skedaddle across wherever they like. Crosswalks are also frequently ignored by drivers, sadly, so pedestrians must be on their toes!
Funny thing is, Massachusetts has the safest roads in America, or near the top. My guess is that such "aggressive" driving (and pedestrianing) demands much higher levels of concentration than being lulled to sleep by "safer" driving.
|It's true. I think people need to match their driving style to where they live. When I first moved to VA, I was amazed at how horrible the drivers were (I'm still amazed but used to it now). I figured being from So Cal I would have witnessed the worst driving, since we spend so much time in our cars...but that seemed to actually help. And drivers for the most part in CA might go fast or weave or whatever, but they seemed more alert, whereas here in VA, people just lollygag around...must be a Southern thing|
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