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Johnny LaRue's Crane Shot
Thursday, October 20, 2005
I was involved in a car accident on my way home from work tonight.

Don't worry--everyone is okay, it was just me in my car and the girl who hit me with hers. I call her a girl; well, I thought she was a teenager, she looks so young, but she's actually 20 years old.

At any rate, I was driving home on Springfield Avenue, just a few blocks from my place, when it happened. She was stopped at a stop sign, and, for whatever reason, she pulled right out onto Springfield in front of me to cross the street. She said she thought I was turning because I slowed down, which I may have done, because the four-lane street bottlenecks into two lanes right at that intersection. I certainly didn't have my turn signal on, and it still wouldn't have been my fault if I had.

I saw her pull out, braked, and tried to swerve away, but I couldn't. She T-boned me right on the passenger side, caved the whole side in, and spun me around about 200 degrees so I was facing the opposite direction. I've never been in an accident like this before, one where there was actual damage and where someone could have been seriously hurt. In fact, if anyone had been riding with me, I believe they could have been hurt badly. I suspect my bitchin' '94 Altima is totalled. For sure, it would cost more to fix than what I'm paying my brother for it, and quite likely more than its Blue Book value. I don't expect to ever drive it again.

So I'm taking tomorrow off of work, at least in the morning. I'm inexperienced at this, but I'll call my insurance agent tomorrow morning. The girl who hit me has insurance, and I'm pretty positive her company will be picking up the tab. The policeman who wrote up the report sent me home (with the tow truck guy who came to get my car), but kept her behind, and I presume he ticketed her, probably for Failing to Yield or something like that. I wonder if I can get a free rental car, but that won't last forever.

I might see my doctor tomorrow too. Oddly, no police officers even asked us if we needed medical attention, and probably we didn't. I feel a bit of soreness tonight, kind of like if I'd played basketball or something. Just a bit in my neck, my calf, upper back, and chest where my seat belt was. I think I'm fine, but for a $25 co-pay, I might as well make the just-in-case effort.

What's really scary is that she couldn't have hit me very "hard". In that she was accelerating from a stopped position, and moved only the width of one traffic lane before hitting me. She sure packed a wallop though--Mass x Acceleration = Force or whatever it is. It's been a long time since Mr. Hendricks' high school physics class.

Posted by Marty at 11:51 PM CDT
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Friday, October 21, 2005 - 12:44 AM CDT

Name: Uncle Lar

Did you get her digits? OK, bad one. I don't think anyone will mind if you can't make it in tomorrow. Seriously, take a sick day and do what needs to get done. And I bet it feels like you played basketball--probably more like one on one against Bill Laimbeer. Go to the freakin' doctor!

Uncle Lar hath spoken.

Friday, October 21, 2005 - 1:14 AM CDT

Name: John Charles

Jesus Marty, I'm really sorry to hear that...and I feel especially guilty now about calling that car a lemon! :-)

Very glad you are OK, though. Let me know if I can do anything to help. Already sent a box of badfilm out to you a couple days ago.


Friday, October 21, 2005 - 11:22 AM CDT

Name: Chris Zimmerman
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Sorry to read about the accident. You can turn that $25 co-pay into her insurance company as well as any medical expenses you have from this.

Typically you will get the use of a rental car until your car is repaired or they total it. Once it is totaled they might give you a few extra days in the rental car until you can buy a new car.

Saturday, October 22, 2005 - 6:54 PM CDT

Name: Hal Horn

Hey, Marty, just read this, glad to read that you're OK. And yes, it does seem like her company will be picking up the tab. Police report will probably confirm it is the fault of the other driver.

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