Rough Weekend

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  1. supersoldier71

    supersoldier71 Well-Known Member

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    Friday: I left work early so that I wouldn’t have to rush to get to a church event that evening. On my way home, I get rear-ended by some sorry, no account felon in a Ford Escort hatchback, which causes me to hit the U Haul in front of me. And then the Ford’s driver flips a U and rolls out! Thus the “sorry, no account felon”. And because it’s a hit and run, it’s just like it was my fault (as far as my car is concerned. I’m not responsible for the U Haul).

    Saturday: AC out at my house. In June. In North Carolina. It’s an old unit that will likely need to be replaced. $$$$. Ouch.

    The upside? I’m not the 20-something me that would’ve only had liability on my car, and with 0% financing, the new AC won’t have me eating Ramen and Hamburger Helper.

    Might delay that Les Paul Goldtop P90 I’ve been eyeballing though.




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    Sorry to hear that. The good news is no one was hurt in the accident. Hope you have some positive karma this week.
     
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    That is tough. Hope youweredn't hurt in the accident.
     

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    Damn man the luck
     
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    supersoldier71 Well-Known Member

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    Neck was a little stiff Friday but I’m good.

    It happened right in front of an open air car wash and all the workers there stepped up and told the police officer that I had been stopped and it was the black Focus that had triggered the accident.

    The cop, God bless ‘im, he says: “You really should have gotten the license plate number.”

    Thanks. Clearly I don’t always get what I want.


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    Is it possible the car wash has security cameras that may have the Focus' license plate, or perhaps an adjacent business, or the nearest intersection? I would want to nail that SOB.

    Glad to hear you didn't get seriously hurt.
     
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    People suck.
     
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    I was rear-ended about a yr and a half back. I was sitting at the end of a line of cars at a red light, waiting for it to turn green. This woman came over the hill and slammed right into me. No one was hurt, but she totaled both our cars.

    She told the cop she saw me, and tried to brake but hit the gas instead.

    And she got no ticket.
     
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    Yeah man, what were you thinking?? You really should have anticipated he was going to bolt, and immediately jumped out of your car to get his plate number.

    What you really should have done is installed a "plate-cam" in your car, connected to a black box recorder before the accident even happened... You messed up, guy!

    I'm joking, of course... My girlfriend and I had the same thing happen to us a few years ago... Got rear-ended at a traffic light and slammed into the car in front of us... Twice.

    He didn't run, but if he had, I'd probably be hard pressed to tell you what kind of car hit us, let alone the plate number.

    The most important thing is you're ok.
     
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    Sorry to hear about the douchebaggery but glad you are ok.

    We are concerned with what our ins. will go up to if / when the Gov proposed changes take effect. (we already have among the highest, if not the highest car ins, and the most densely populated state in NJ).
     
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    Same thing happened to me a year ago and the first thing I did was get pictures. The guy looked fidgety so I took a few of him and his car and license plate, and he seemed to calm down after that. But he did not run right away. And I had back pain for about 6 months. But I’m old and frail. Good you are ok.
     
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    Glad you are OK. Has the car been assessed yet?
     
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    Of course. I'll whip up a batch of cancer cure while i'm in the middle of doing all that.

    Man, I'm really sorry to hear about this. Irresponsible people suck the life out of us.
     
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    Sorry to read about this. It's no consolation, but we had similar incident a year or two back (in NC too). Got rear-ended in traffic and that rammed us into the back of a BIG tow truck (which meant the tow truck wasn't damaged but we were). Me being me got out to ask the driver behind if he was hurt (even though it was his fault, I wanted to be able to tell the insurance/cops that he was fine). It was a Mexican guy who made out he didn't speak English, so I asked him in my rudimentary Spanish. Checked the front of his car and the crash had left his bumper hanging off.

    I went back to my wife & daughter in the van and started speaking to the tow truck driver who was more concerned about us since he didn't get so much as a scratch. While this was going on, the fucker who hit us backed up into a driveway and sped off in the opposite direction. To this day I can't believe I never took out my phone and took photos. I was really more concerned with that initial "Is everyone ok?" thing, but have definitely learned my lesson now.

    We ended up having to foot the bill for that bastard. Oddly enough, someone just deliberately drove into my brother's car back in England on Friday, slowed down, took some photos of the car & my brother then sped off. The police there reckon it's a 'crash for cash' deal, with people driving older cars & doing it deliberately then blaming the victims to get a payout, which seems to be prevalent now.

    Oh and we were without AC at home for the entire duration of my wife's pregnancy with our daughter years ago (and for a year or so afterwards) so you absolutely have my sympathy there. A house full of box fans and several window AC units do NOT make up for a non-functioning system.
     
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    I dropped it off with the body shop this morning.

    Here’s the thing: I’ve decided to focus on the positives. I’ve got insurance, I’ve got a rental car, no one was hurt. There have been times in my own life when at least two of the three weren’t true. And the D-bag in the Focus probably didn’t have insurance or a license anyway, so I’d have been on the hook anyway.

    It’s my first BMW, a 228i, and it’s a fun car!

    But it’s just a car.

    Ain’t happy about the situation, but I’ll deal.


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    I was a passenger in a car that was rear ended by a car with a driver that flipped us off and drove away.

    I didn't get the license number, but he left behind his entire front bumper (with license).
    The cops drove to his house (two blocks away) and arrested him, and asked why he'd hit and run. "I didn't want you to know that I was drunk."
    Evidently, he figured that if it took long enough for the cops to appear, he'd be sober and claim that he'd just been confused by the accident.
    ..."And that I didn't have insurance."

    He totaled the car I was in.
     
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    I concur with the above. When they run, there is very low probability that they will have insurance and that you will collect anything even if they are caught. It sucks but that is what insurance is for.
     
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    It's stories like this that make me want to install front and back dash cams on my truck.
     
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    Dang, when it rains, it pours. Glad you weren't seriously injured. My sister works in the auto insurance industry. One day she was telling me the stats on the number of people who drive throughout the country with absolutely no insurance coverage of any kind. I've forgotten the actual number, but it was one that astounded me. I said to her, no wonder my damn car insurance keeps going up so much every year. She told me that was exactly the reason. I haven't had an accident (knock on wood) in 40 years plus and I've had one ticket (moving violation) in the last 30 years.
     
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    Just as in every other sector; the people that work and pay their way end up having to foot the bill for the parasites that wont.

    Putting on my Mad Max thinking helmet; last man standing format:

    Imagine a Gladiator like system where your crime is likened to the form of fighting you must do in the fight pits.

    The hit and runs / car thieves / police chase vermin could be compelled to compete in demolition derby type events where the cars just seem prone to ignite into fully involved fire balls.

    Volleys of corrupt politicians, lawyers, and others who abused positions of power could compete in a "be the last man standing to not have been sodomized" free for all.

    Since we are all about equality, men and women would all compete together. Not sure how the details work on that one. Just rolling ideas down the hill.

    May be easier to just re-create Dante's Inferno.
    It is all a Divine Comedy.
    To that point, any story with a happy ending fits in genre of "comedy"; good to know for those visits to the massage salon.
     
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