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post Sep 18 2004, 10:03 AM
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Okay, so my car isn't brand new but I've only had it four days. It's a 93 ford escort and the previous owners didn't drive it much. We just spent whatever little money we had buying brand new parts for the car to replace the old ones and I've waited a year and a half for the title and my car to be done.


Last night I was traveling north on one of the main roads through our town (route 57). It's a five lane road, two lanes going in either direction and one middle turning lane.

Another girl was traveling south and was in the middle tourning lane. I was in the left lane of the two going north so I was right next to the middle lane. It was the start of rush hour so there were a lot of cars out and it was raining. Well, instead of this girl going into the turning lane and stopping and waiting for cars to pass by and a safe time to turn, she just kept turning and made a left into my car.

I blared my horn and tried to stop but since it was raining I couldn't stop right away. I couldn't swirve to my right because there were a whole lot of cars to the right of me (who almost hit me too because of her btw).

I was devistated, I am devistated. My 'brand new' car that I've had for four days and really need for going to practices, church, school, and all the other school related activities that I do has been totaled.

The girl was a year younger than me and goes to my school. Her car was a 2004 Malibu and her parents showed up both driving really expensive cars too. Heidi (the girl) was able to drive her car away from the scene with a dented, and maybe flat, tire and smashed headlight.

The whole driver's side of my car has been smashed to pieces. The wheel was turned in, metal was ripped back and covered my door so I couldn't get out of that side. I have whiplash and a big welt where the seat belt was, and according to the emt if she had hit me and closer to the stearing wheel, or if I had done things differently, I could be seriously injured - maybe even dead.

The worst part about it was that she was going to get a ticket but my dad knows the ppl, and ended up all buddy-buddy with them so the cop decided not to. That makes me mad because now my insurance is going to skyrocket for an accident that was obviously not my fault. Even the witnesses say she wasn't paying attention to what she was doing - she was talking to her friend in the front seat.

*grumbles* Ontop of that I might not get a lot of money because of the fact that my car is just over ten years old. sad.gif mad.gif sad.gif

Now I'm in pain and can't sleep. Gah...very bad day.


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post Sep 18 2004, 08:04 PM
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*sigh* She really wasn't using common sense. It really infuriates me that she didn't get a ticket. Friendship or not, she should have still gotten one.
I hope the coming days are better for you. *hugs*


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post Sep 18 2004, 08:11 PM
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Yeah, I talked to some girls at my crew practice who have her in their class. They said that she's the kind of girl the teachers always have to tell something twice, she's a ditz, and never pays attention. According to them, Sabrina - the girl in the passenger's seat, is rude and makes fun of them. I also know for a fact that these ppl are loaded because my grandfather knows them and knows how much money the family makes.

This girl will have a new car by next week, or the damages repaired on her malibu.


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post Sep 19 2004, 12:28 AM
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I seriously want to punch your dad in the face over all of this. I told my dad about this. He didn't believe me. He asked, skeptically, "Is her father really that stupid?" to which I replied, "Yeah." He then did his signature "Oh my God," and it ended there.


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post Sep 19 2004, 12:44 AM
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I'm not sure how it works where you are but here the police can still make up an accident report that shows it is her fault. No charges laid against her, no ticket, but her (or her parent's) insurance will cover your damages or at least give some money towards another vehicle.
Go to the doctors and get him to write up that you are injured. It's important to have legal proof of injury to take to the insurance yahoos. Otherwise she can claim you are faking your injuries.
Don't roll over on this. This accident was not your fault.
If the witnesses are willing. Get them to write their version of the accident
( and sign it ) and give that to your insurance company as well. It'll act as additional evidence that supports your claim that her insurance should cover your damages.
This is why we pay good, hard earned money for insurance.
No, it is not vindictive or mean spirited. You're not out to screw her over but you do want to be fair.


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post Sep 19 2004, 12:44 AM
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Pah. I was so mad at your dad, Trina. He's dumber than a box of rocks at times (no offense, hun). Being all 'buddy-buddy' was NOT the way to go. I'm all mad now, just thinking about it. Gah! mad.gif


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post Sep 19 2004, 01:30 AM
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Go to the doctors and get him to write up that you are injured. It's important to have legal proof of injury to take to the insurance yahoos. Otherwise she can claim you are faking your injuries


I did that. I went to the ER and got a bunch of xrays. I'm okay except an abrasion on my neck and slight whiplash. The doctor wants me to see my family phisician in a week though.

I am really mad that this girl didn't get a ticket though. She was talking to her friend in the front seat and obviously not paying attention. Even if she didn't see me there were lots of others around me that she should've seen.

The way that the law has been changed and works in NY she must have literally just gotten her liscence because she was 16 and has been driving for at the most 9 months (if she was born in January).

I've been driving for two years, and although I've only had my liscence for a month that's because I waited until I felt I was experienced enough to handle situations like this. The emt and cop both said I did the right thing -- she moved her car right away and I waited with my flashers on until the cop could get there. (that and the fact that I couldn't open my door kept me in the car)

But just argh....I want my car back -- this feels surreal because I see my car outside my window but then I look and remember it's totaled. dry.gif


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post Sep 19 2004, 01:55 AM
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This sounds painfully familier. In my case, though, I was delivering newspapers. The other car would have missed me, except the woman panicked, and made for the ditch, running smack into me. mad.gif

I'm sorry for your loss. Hope you feel better, soon. Cold comfort, I know, but it could have been a lot worse... At least you lived to tell about it. smile.gif


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post Sep 19 2004, 01:58 AM
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I'm sorry for your loss. Hope you feel better, soon. Cold comfort, I know, but it could have been a lot worse... At least you lived to tell about it. 


Very true, and thanks.

It is true, I could've gotten seriously hurt if the accident went any differently. I thank god that I didn't get seriously hurt.

Either way, I'd be more sympathetic if she was turning from a side road and there was something obstructing her view, but to just not look and be turning from a turning lane is just idiotic. She's not ready to be on the road alone.


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post Sep 19 2004, 04:21 AM
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I'm glad you weren't hurt.

Yes, it really blows chunky salsa that your car is gone. It also seems wrong that your father didn't support you - especially as you could have been seriously hurt/killed.

My sympathies hon; it's rotten. sad.gif


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Thanks Ashbless.


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post Sep 19 2004, 06:44 PM
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hey manb, im so happy your ok... ri told me about your accedent... and then i flipped out... ran to church and prayed like a feind... i hope everything goes well with you getting a new car and everything.

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post Sep 19 2004, 10:07 PM
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hey manb, im so happy your ok... ri told me about your accedent... and then i flipped out... ran to church and prayed like a feind... i hope everything goes well with you getting a new car and everything.


Wow, that really means a lot to me. Thanks. Saturday night I just flipped -- I've been having a really bad week and things are just getting out of hand. The past three years I've felt like I've had no control over my life, but I thought things were finally getting better.

Then the accident hit me and I just went nuts. I'm still angry over things said and done by family members, but I'll get over it. Anyways, thank you for keeping me in your prayers. smile.gif


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