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January 30th, 2006
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Manhattan, January 26, 2006 - At first, I was confused. I was heading south on 2nd Avenue, trying to make a right onto 55th Street. There were two cars in the right lane stopped ahead of me waiting for pedestrians to cross. I stopped, too, and a few seconds later...

WHAM!!!

I wasn't sure what had just happened. I initially thought I hit the guy in front of me - but I came to a nice easy stop, I couldn't have done that - then I realized that I was the one who was hit. A delivery truck just came along and read-ended the hell out of my car. I didn't know just how hard I was hit until I got out and looked at the damage. Ouch.

I never did find out what the guy was thinking - he came out to look at the damage, made no response at all to my attempt to start a conversation (a pleading, yet friendly, "What the fuck!!????"), and then walked back into the cab of his truck, where he just sulked and put his head against the steering wheel. Not a word to me. At least he stuck around for the police to get there. That took an extremely long ten minutes. The policewoman took my story, took his story (presumably), implied to me that she took my side (completely 110% the other guy's fault we agreed), and told me where I could pick up a police report. At a precinct in Midtown. Monday to Friday. 9 to 5. In person. Bring ten dollars. Check or money order, no cash. Highway robbery, I tell you.

There was nobody in the car with either of us and nobody was hurt (well, my neck was a bit sore, but it's all right now), so it could have been worse. Oddly enough, knowing that I wasn't at all to blame kept me from being angry. If I had anything to do with the accident, I would have been unhappily beating myself up over my stupidity, but as it turned out, I was fairly calm and accepting of my fate. Time for a new car, I guess.

Maybe. The insurance guy is going to come look at the car to see if they'll consider it totalled. I always thought of a "totalled" car as one in which the occupants had to be sawed out of seconds before the gas tank exploded. Or something like that. Certainly not one in which the driver got out fairly unhurt, and then drove the car eight or so miles home under its own power. But the car is a 1999 model with 152,000 miles on it. It's considered "totalled" if fixing it would cost more than 75% of the car's worth. And I'll find that out sometime this week.

In the meantime, I rented a car (which was actually the most annoying part of this whole story, but it's also boring, so I'll spare you) and went off skiing this weekend as planned. Fun fun time. A truck may have crushed my car, but it couldn't crush my spirit!!

Dealing with rental car companies and insurance companies and police precincts might, though. And if they don't crush my spirit, then auto dealerships certainly will. I'll keep you posted.

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From:kryscat
Date:January 30th, 2006 10:43 pm (UTC)
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Glad you're okay, even if your car isn't. :(
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From:joeshlabotnik
Date:January 31st, 2006 09:01 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! It's good to know that everyone has been glad I'm okay.

In a strange way, though, I almost feel like a fraud, because I never felt like I was in any real danger. From bang to shock to getting out of the car was probably three or four seconds. Everything from the trunk forward is still in perfect condition. If my car had flipped over two or three times, then rolled off an embankment into the river, then I got out unscathed, then I would feel like I earned the concern of all my friends!!

But of course I appreciate the concern anyway. Thanks again!
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From:paradoxymoron
Date:February 3rd, 2006 03:17 am (UTC)
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From:eviladmin
Date:February 4th, 2006 12:19 am (UTC)
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I'm also glad you are ok! It counts as real danger, all sorts of things could have gone wrong and didn't. :-)

Sorry about the car!!

I had a spin out in the Jeep last winter, little damage, but wow it was a ride, but not an accident, since other than snow banks, we didn't actually hit anything.

Will be waiting to hear what the insurance company says...
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From:joeshlabotnik
Date:February 6th, 2006 04:50 am (UTC)
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Thanks! The insurance company finally got back to me and decided the car was totalled, and they're going to pay me almost $6K for it. Considering we only paid $19K for it new seven years ago, and considering the mileage, I'm not unhappy about that. Now all I have to do is find the title. And find a new car. I've narrowed down the possibilities to about 28 models...
From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 5th, 2006 09:24 pm (UTC)

It's a sign

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God wants you to be driving one of these (http://trucktrend.com/roadtests/ultimate/163_0310_intl/).
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From:joeshlabotnik
Date:February 6th, 2006 04:44 am (UTC)

Re: It's a sign

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That would have helped - I was hit by one of these. So it would have been a fairer fight!

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