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So today I had my first accident in 15 years or so that I can remember in my 2001 truck I use for this and that. This women with her two kids in the back decides to pull a u turn right in front of me while I’m going through the intersection.  I was able to not T-bone her by changing lanes, getting half way on the sidewalk and avoiding the cemetery fence. Luckily I wasn’t going very fast and was able to shed a lot of speed by braking, but I know there was no way I was  going to stop in time. 

She ended up hiting me on the drivers door and damaged the entire side of the truck. Not to bad, but not great. 

So the rest of the afternoon and evening, I’ve never felt so paranoid driving in my life. Im not sure what’s wrong with me other than I appreciate being alive or I’m getting old!  Maybe because I am getting old I’m appreciating life more!

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Glad your oké.. physically... It will be a little longer before it's out of your system.. but you will drive later on with no worry's...  I once (2 years ago..)  went round a blind corner on my motorbike, and there was a polish trucker on the wrong side of the road!  I could just barely dodge the truck by driving into the grass...  Then we learn not to drive relatively fast through corners that we cannot overlook !!!  

Still driving a big 2 wheeler....

 

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Ouch!  Glad your okay too.

The last accident I had was my fault, first time ever, but now days I have insurance and a driver's license so they let me leave the scene and drive off without going to jail. :D

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Sounds to me like you acted correctly to do all you could to keep the damage to a minimum. None of this was your fault at all, instead it was a skillfully executed set of maneuvers that may have saved someone's life. If she u-turned in front of you, that puts the drivers door right in line with your rather large truck. What transpired from your quick reactions and commitment to making the best of a bad situation rather than closing your eyes and slamming on the brakes, is dang near heroic.  I call that a pretty good day. 

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Like everybody else,  you're getting older.......and wiser.  Nobody intends on  being involved in an accident but we see them happen all the time.  Just the other day I was driving my Z.  Came up to a red light with a lady in a small passenger car stopped.  A distracted guy in big Durango came within less than an inch of plowing her from from behind.  It made me think,  what if I was the one sitting at the red light in a small 70's car with no rear bumper. Glad you and no one else were injured.

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Did you have a dash cam mounted?  I keep mine going all the time just for instances like yours. I had some road rager ram me on the high years ago now and it took months for that feeling to go away, it's like every other vehicle is a big unpredictable weapon.

Nice to know you walked away from it.

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Glad to hear everyone is OK. Has the other shoe dropped yet where the woman who U-turned in front of you us suing you for damages?  :angry:   Any inkling of that sort of crap?

And in an obvious thread-jack... I've been thinking I should get a dash-cam. What is everyone using? Anyone have one they recommend?

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45 minutes ago, grannyknot said:

Did you have a dash cam mounted?  I keep mine going all the time just for instances like yours. I had some road rager ram me on the high years ago now and it took months for that feeling to go away, it's like every other vehicle is a big unpredictable weapon.

Nice to know you walked away from it.

I didn’t. I have one in my daily, but I drive my truck once a month now at best. I think I’m going to get one for everyone’s cars. 

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28 minutes ago, Captain Obvious said:

Glad to hear everyone is OK. Has the other shoe dropped yet where the woman who U-turned in front of you us suing you for damages?  :angry:   Any inkling of that sort of crap?

And in an obvious thread-jack... I've been thinking I should get a dash-cam. What is everyone using? Anyone have one they recommend?

Don’t go there!  I thought about that too. Seems like everyone sues for anything nowadays.  Here in Orlando seems every other commercial is accident, call attorney xyz.

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1 hour ago, zKars said:

Sounds to me like you acted correctly to do all you could to keep the damage to a minimum. None of this was your fault at all, instead it was a skillfully executed set of maneuvers that may have saved someone's life. If she u-turned in front of you, that puts the drivers door right in line with your rather large truck. What transpired from your quick reactions and commitment to making the best of a bad situation rather than closing your eyes and slamming on the brakes, is dang near heroic.  I call that a pretty good day. 

Thank you. I always try and plan an exit strategy. I used to race rc cars competitively as kid and my dad would always bitch at me, are you blind, plan your exit.  It got the point where I wouldn’t blink the entire race and my eyes would just tear the whole time. Seemed if I blinked something would always happen. 

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Can you believe that is $3800 to fix?  I cashed out and will be selling the truck!  From my research the truck was only worth $2500 at best.  I only paid $1200.

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8 hours ago, JSM said:

Can you believe that is $3800 to fix?  I cashed out and will be selling the truck!  From my research the truck was only worth $2500 at best.  I only paid $1200.

I was gonna tell you that was a significant amount of damage but I didn't want to be a downer. :tapemouth:  Sounds like it will work out ok since you're in the truck so cheap! B)

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I got rear ended last Thursday... inattentive driver hit my stopped vehicle at about 70kmh. Damages will be over $10000 for sure. Luckily I only have a sore back, nothing broken.
It sucks to be in accidents.

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1 hour ago, Patcon said:

I was gonna tell you that was a significant amount of damage but I didn't want to be a downer. :tapemouth:  Sounds like it will work out ok since you're in the truck so cheap! B)

Well I paid 1200. All said and done I have 3150 in her. I’m kinda goofy though I keep spreadsheets on stuff I buy to see what it really cost, minus gas and insurance.  But I’m still ahead :). It was fairly clean before now. 

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1 hour ago, wheee! said:

I got rear ended last Thursday... inattentive driver hit my stopped vehicle at about 70kmh. Damages will be over $10000 for sure. Luckily I only have a sore back, nothing broken.
It sucks to be in accidents.

That sucks. Glad your okay. I just did something to my neck tonight just turning my head! Sitting on the couch now with heating pad. Sucks getting old. 

 

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13 hours ago, wheee! said:

I got rear ended last Thursday... inattentive driver hit my stopped vehicle at about 70kmh. Damages will be over $10000 for sure. Luckily I only have a sore back, nothing broken.
It sucks to be in accidents.

Be careful with that.  I've been rear ended twice.  The first time, I thought  no big deal since it was under 25mph.  I had no injury at the time and the lady's insurance was Very quick to settle,  within a few days even. I was amazed at their efficiency!    About a week after that, I was introduced to a latent case of Mr Whiplash. That's according to a Chiropractor.   It Sucked.

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Woof. Let's hope this isn't a trend. Hope everyone is OK!!

My first Z was totaled on the highway at the hands of a eighteen wheeler. I (unbelievably) walked away without a scratch, but I didn't sleep well for a long time. Every time I closed my eyes, I replayed the accident in my mind. I don't think there was any direct physical injury as a result of the accident, but there were latent muscle cramps all over that I believe were stress induced. The other guys insurance was quite interested in settling as well.

It requires hand gestures and such, but someone remind me at Zcon and I'll go through the whole accident description. It's quite entertaining (now).   :o

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Well, I survived two IED blasts under my vehicle in Afghanistan... seems paltry to that! LOL

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MY 2008 Lincoln MKX. Low KM's with a new transmission, perfect condition fully loaded.... I hope they fix it up! 

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