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Old 07-09-07, 07:58 PM   #1
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My poor car :(

I got rear ended today coming home from work. I was driving on the highway, traffic slowed rapidly, I hit the brakes, looked in the rear view mirror, noticed the car behind me wasn't stopping, and WHAM! They hit me, and I go skidding into the truck in front of me. No one was hurt, but I'm fairly certain my 1997 Honda Civic is totaled. I'll be talking to the insurance company in the next few days. My parents left yesterday to go to Austria for 10 days, so I'm trying to decide when to tell them. Funny thing is, I hit a deer over Christmas break, and just had $1500 of body work done on my car (mostly paid for by insurance, thankfully), and the way I hit the truck in front of me, the damage is almost identical to the deer. I laughed out loud. I'm in pretty good spirits since it wasn't my fault. I'm just sad that I'll probably have to say goodbye to my car. I love my little Civic. Anyway, I don't know why I felt compelled to tell this to my internet friends, but I will anyway.
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Glad you're not hurt.
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Oh yeah, P.S. - the only part I'm kicking myself over is that I planned to ride my bike to work today, and slept in too late.
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Good thing you drove. You would've died for sure getting squished between that car and the truck!
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Good thing you drove. You would've died for sure getting squished between that car and the truck!
Yeah, that highway at rush hour scares me a little whenever I ride my bike.
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He probably would've survived cause he would've been skitching on the side instead of directly behind.
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Yea, we've got a few highway entrances here where it can be pretty nasty. Basically the one that I take everyday has no acceleration/merging lane. Plus, the entrance and exit are less than 500ft away. You are almost always forced to come a complete stop at the end of the entrance ramp. People who are not used to this and don't expect the stop rear end the stopped car.
Good luck with your insurance
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Thats what I don't like about unibodies, very difficult to rebuild sometimes. Especially after a crash. Glad you aren't hurt. Freeway accidents like that have killed people I knew.
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Glad you're ok, but are you sure you're in the clear? You rear-ended a truck so the truck driver's insurance will go after your insurance co. while your insurance co. goes after the guy behind you, etc.
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This will give you an excuse to buy a new Civic. Glad you're not hurt.
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Glad you're ok, but are you sure you're in the clear? You rear-ended a truck so the truck driver's insurance will go after your insurance co. while your insurance co. goes after the guy behind you, etc.
Yeah, I made my witness statement real clear that the car behind me pushed me into the truck, so hopefully it will all work out.
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Thats what I don't like about unibodies, very difficult to rebuild sometimes. Especially after a crash. Glad you aren't hurt. Freeway accidents like that have killed people I knew.

You don't like unibodies because it's easier to replace your rusted bucket's parts when you have actual fenders. Huh, MICH??

Glad that your aren't hurt, nobrainer. Accidents happen. Although your insurance might have to pay for the car in front of you, your insurance can still recoup that from the person that hit you.

If you are underage (not sure how old you are) then I would tell my parents right away. If you are not, then I'd try to handle it best I can so as to not upset them or ruin their vacation. The point is, you are okay and hopefully everyone else is too.
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Yea, we've got a few highway entrances here where it can be pretty nasty. Basically the one that I take everyday has no acceleration/merging lane. Plus, the entrance and exit are less than 500ft away. You are almost always forced to come a complete stop at the end of the entrance ramp. People who are not used to this and don't expect the stop rear end the stopped car.
Uh, that's not a safe maneuver! If you need to be going 60mph when you merge, then you better floor that throttle from as far back as needed to reach that speed. This might mean as soon as you turn onto the on-ramp. Or even fly around the last corner at 20-25mph to hit the ramp at speed. It annoys the h*ll outta me to follow people down the on-ramp at 25mph for 90% of it. Then at the last second they try to pick it up and end up causing all sorts of havoc on the freeway as they merge on at a snal's pace. I'm thinking about getting a big forklift installed in front of my car so I can spear these greyhairs and show then what real driving is!!!
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Amen to that Danno. A lot of people need to learn how to drive. Not merging properly causes all kinds of traffic jams, and is a total pain in the ass for commuting.

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You don't like unibodies because it's easier to replace your rusted bucket's parts when you have actual fenders. Huh, MICH??
Beats a bunch of ****ty plastic that falls apart when the car goes over a bump. My car is a solid assed car. Biggest problem with a unibody is the floor. Pain in the ass to replace or fix, especially after it gets bent out of shape. Not to mention most unibodies are FWD and by nature a pain in the ass to fix.
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Beats a bunch of ****ty plastic that falls apart when the car goes over a bump. My car is a solid assed car. Biggest problem with a unibody is the floor. Pain in the ass to replace or fix, especially after it gets bent out of shape. Not to mention most unibodies are FWD and by nature a pain in the ass to fix.

My plastic Trans Am never fell apart. You ding it, and lo and behold, no dings! And when did they make a FWD Trans Am?? The only reason it would be a pain in the butt to fix is because you have no idea what you are doing.

By the way.....how'd the bondo job come out on your wheel wells? *snicker!*
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I got rear ended today coming home from work. I was driving on the highway, traffic slowed rapidly, I hit the brakes, looked in the rear view mirror, noticed the car behind me wasn't stopping, and WHAM! They hit me, and I go skidding into the truck in front of me. No one was hurt, but I'm fairly certain my 1997 Honda Civic is totaled. I'll be talking to the insurance company in the next few days. My parents left yesterday to go to Austria for 10 days, so I'm trying to decide when to tell them. Funny thing is, I hit a deer over Christmas break, and just had $1500 of body work done on my car (mostly paid for by insurance, thankfully), and the way I hit the truck in front of me, the damage is almost identical to the deer. I laughed out loud. I'm in pretty good spirits since it wasn't my fault. I'm just sad that I'll probably have to say goodbye to my car. I love my little Civic. Anyway, I don't know why I felt compelled to tell this to my internet friends, but I will anyway.
Well, on the flip side, YOU got rear ended, so it's not a chargeable accident as far as insurance is concerned, so here's the good news! NO INSURANCE RATE INCREASE!

You also aren't hurt!

Quick Edit: All legal responsibility goes to the rearmost driver in a chain reaction accident.
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It's not safe at all, I completely agree. But, I didn't design this road. The problem is that there is
a. No acceleration/merging lane at all
B. the exit ramp is less than 500 feet from the entrance, so while you are trying to merge, you have to wait for people who are also exiting.

So whenever I merge, I keep it in 3rd gear until I am at 4 or 5 grand, then I can put it into 5th. I've seen plenty of accidents on this road in this spot.
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My plastic Trans Am never fell apart. You ding it, and lo and behold, no dings! And when did they make a FWD Trans Am?? The only reason it would be a pain in the butt to fix is because you have no idea what you are doing.

By the way.....how'd the bondo job come out on your wheel wells? *snicker!*
No, the only reason it's a pain to fix is the floor is not removable, and by nature it's less strong without a frame. My friend had to weld sheet metal to the floor of his Iroc. Chore and a half. And no, nobody made a FWD TA. This thread is about a misfortunate and sad accident that happened to a civic.

The plastic might not get dinged, but you sure did go nuts cleaning it after you spilled a little gas on it that one time.

You failed to mention that the bondo was only to cover a very solid job I did with sheet metal. A light cover up, and it worked just fine. You should drive that car in the winter here. The floor would rust out, and it would be expensive as hell to fix it.
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No, the only reason it's a pain to fix is the floor is not removable, and by nature it's less strong without a frame. My friend had to weld sheet metal to the floor of his Iroc. Chore and a half. And no, nobody made a FWD TA. This thread is about a misfortunate and sad accident that happened to a civic.

The plastic might not get dinged, but you sure did go nuts cleaning it after you spilled a little gas on it that one time.

You failed to mention that the bondo was only to cover a very solid job I did with sheet metal. A light cover up, and it worked just fine. You should drive that car in the winter here. The floor would rust out, and it would be expensive as hell to fix it.
I'd rather shop at Walmart than to drive a ford.
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I'd rather shop at Walmart than to drive a ford.
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Ooooooooh burn!!

That's scary, you hate ford that much you'd shop at a Walmart?
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I'd rather shop at Walmart than to drive a ford.
Eh, I'd say it's a toss up. Clearing house for China's slave labor crap vs a company that is set in it's greedy enviornment destroying ways. They can both **** off frankly.
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Awww. I rather push a ford than drive a chevy, Hey wait, I drive a chevy truck! (slinking off)
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I wouldn't even push a ford.
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