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My Car Was Totaled Today

Posted April 4th, 2012 in Cars by Jeremy Waller

Oh man what a rough day.

I lost a good friend today. My beloved jeep was totaled in an accident.

I was driving to my office today the same as I’ve done every week day for the last 5 years.

About 3 miles from my exit, 2 dogs ran onto the road.

Unbeknownst to me the car behind me was following too close.

I slammed on my brakes to avoid hitting the dogs and the car behind me slammed into me.

The first thought that ran trough my head was “Oh no! I hit the dog!”

But, I quickly realized that I had been rear ended.

I pulled over to the side of the road, sent a text to my wife to let her know what happened and exited the vehicle to assess the damage. It wasn’t pretty.

The whole rear end had been crumpled.

The bumper was crushed. The gas tank had ruptured. The entire back end was bent down which made the top of the doors stick out about 3 inches from the frame.

Fortunately, a fire truck was right behind us when the accident happened. They were able to quickly block off traffic and call an ambulance and the highway patrol.

I walked over to check on the other driver.  She was shaken up, but okay.

The highway patrol showed up and took our information while the firemen cleaned up the debris.

Shortly thereafter, the tow trucks showed up to haul away the cars. And it was about this time my wife showed up.

After everything was cleaned up, the highway patrol officer brought the accident report over to me and informed me that the other driver’s license was suspended and that she was unable to confirm the other driver’s insurance information. Fantastic.

There wasn’t much else do to, so I got into the car with my wife and we went home.

My insurance company is working on everything now. Hopefully, they’ll work out a reasonable settlement and I can work on getting a new car.

Farewell Jeep.

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4 Responses so far.

  1. JAMES says:

    I hope everyone is okay after the accident. Accidents are such a time consumer. Dealing with the insurance company, finding a new car/getting your car fixed, etc, takes dozens of hours.

  2. I’m glad you’re okay (and the other driver as well)! I’m surprised by the damage done to your car – I wouldn’t have thought rear ending would hurt a Jeep so much. That sucks about the other driver’s insurance too, it’s such a hassle to figure that stuff out. Hopefully you’ll be able to get a new car out of this so at least that would be the silver lining I guess.

    But good job not hitting the dogs!

  3. Jackie says:

    Oh no. I’m glad everyone was ok though (including the dog). My car was badly damaged in an accident a while back too. (And by “badly damaged” I mean “totaled”.) But, I’m going to hopefully get it repaired anyway.

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