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my truck is dead

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by in_a_days, Feb 26, 2007.

  1. in_a_days

    in_a_days dgaf

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    So this past friday evening I was driving from Las Vegas to Prescott, AZ for my li'l sister's wedding. At a little after 11pm I was about 30 miles out of Prescott on the 89 highway. It's a stretch of two lane highway, 65 MPH speed limit. I was a little tired, so my eyes were glued to road and I was trying to pay a little extra attention to everything. I see a couple headlights approaching and as the vehicle got to within about 100 feet of me all the sudden I see it's a pickup truck that is suddenly drifting accross the yellow line into my lane. Head to head at 70 MPH doesn't really leave a lot of time to correct your trajectory, but I turned the wheel as quickly as I could and the oncomming pickup truck slammed into my door and down the side of my truck (2001 Ranger Supercab)... We just missed colliding headlight to headlight (which would have been REALLY ugly). The driver side door was knocked in about three to four inches, but he dug deeper and deeper into my truck as he moved towards the rear... Ripped off my back tire and pulled the axle off the frame. The axle dropped and started slowing me down right away. I did about a 180 rotation piviting around the axle and came to a stop in the middle of the highway facing the way I came. I jumped out the passenger side door, grabbed my phone, called 911, and ran back to check on the other driver. A resident who came out of his house when he heard the accident said the guy jumped out of his truck and fled on foot. The back 1/3 of my bed was totally caved in and half the wheel well was sitting in what was left of the bed... I walked away without a bruise or a scratch.

    My parents were in town for the wedding so I gave a call and they came and picked me up... The wedding was great, everybody had a great time and everything went down without a hitch... Unfortunatly I'm out a vehicle.

    Anybody got a truck for sale? :icon_shrug:
     
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  2. Carrie1219

    Carrie1219 Banned Banned

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    Did they identify the driver/owner of the other truck?.... Hopefully the guy has some insurance... which will help quite a bit in replacing your truck. Yet, I had a car accident this summer that totaled my little car. It wasn't my fault but you never get back the replacement value of your car... It always costs $$$$$$$$$... :icon_shrug: I just thank God that the other driver had insurance.... I've been there, done that with uninsured drivers.

    Glad you're alright... :tup:
     
  3. in_a_days

    in_a_days dgaf

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    Thanks Carrie... The Highway Patrol officer checked in his truck and found some documentation. She immediatly recognized the guy as having a reputation for getting in trouble and doing stupid $hit. She found an insurance card which apparently belonged to his parents. My insurance company actually contacted them and his mom (equally fed up with her son's propensity for idiocy) gladly gave us the name of his insurance provider, their phone #, and his policy number. I guess it's kind of a smaller outfit 'cause we couldn't get anybody on the phone over the weekend. But I need to find out if his policy was still valid and paid up, blah, blah, blah. I'm sure it's all going to be a huge pain in the @$$, but considering how much worse it could have been, I'm not really sweatin' it.
     
  4. nickelbolt

    nickelbolt Fuggedaboutit

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    Damn. Hope you get the chance to read about that a-hole going to jail for hit n run. :tup:
     
  5. in_a_days

    in_a_days dgaf

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    The only thing that went through my head after the impact was "can't die yet... must 'cap NCAA tournament!" :icon_eek:
     
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  6. SDRaiderH8er

    SDRaiderH8er Well-Known Member

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    Did you have full coverage?


    As long as it is not your fault, your insurance should help you out.

    Document everything you spend, and how much you lost down to the last penny!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You can get reimbursed for that!

    But the biggest part is you came out unscratched!
     
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  7. Boltdiehard

    Boltdiehard Well-Known Member

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    Glad you're OK but you should get your back checked out right away as often back injuries may not show up until later (happened to me). My worst accident was 15 years ago and I still have back problems.
     
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  8. Daddy_O

    Daddy_O Well-Known Member

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    You are in luck, provided you have a company gas card.

    I just picked up a new car this weekend, which means the truck is being sold.

    Truck is huge. '88 Chevy V30, 4x4, Crew Cab, Dually, 1-ton. Gets about 6-12 miles per gallon, depending on how you drive. Very reliable. Runs great. $3,500.00.
     
  9. in_a_days

    in_a_days dgaf

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    Yeah I'm covered and it definatly wasn't my fault. Progressive should hook me right up, and I will definatly keep reciepts for anything I have to spend $$ on.

    Where is the best place to go to get check out? Just check the yellow pages for a back specialist or a chiropractor or what?

    Hmmm... that's tempting... unfortunatly I have to pay for my own gas... What's the status on the engine? Original/rebuilt? V8/V10? How many miles?
     
  10. SDRaiderH8er

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    AND..........


    And lost wages!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I am sure you were not able to do something because you could not drive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Did you have tickets for any show, and could not attend because you did not have a truck?????????????
     
  11. nickelbolt

    nickelbolt Fuggedaboutit

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    Did you go direct to Progressive or through an insurance agent? Either way call the agent or Progressive and find out what your med-pay coverage is. Then tell 'em what you want to do and they'll give you your options.
     
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  12. Daddy_O

    Daddy_O Well-Known Member

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    Crate motor @ approx 110,000. Truck has 159,000

    Runs beautiful. 454 w/ TH400 trans. Bullet proof setup.

    I used it for towing horses, hauling the camper & towing jeeps.

    We are going to camp out of the new jeep w/ tents.

    I am willing to warranty the trucks motor and transmission. If it breaks due to crappy parts, I'll replace it. If u thrash it, you are on your own.
     
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  13. KimPossible

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    The main thing is you're ok...thank goodness...the truck can be replaced. Major accidents are traumatic. They kind of shake up your sense of well-being for a while...especially when the other driver was totally out of control and it was unavoidable. I hope you are feeling ok. I bet the other guy was drinking and driving. I see by your title you've maintained your sense of humor lol...
     
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  14. in_a_days

    in_a_days dgaf

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    Thanks Kim and everybody. I have little doubt the guy had been drinking. But like you said, the truck is very replacable :yes: , whereas I am not :no:. I think going to my sisters wedding the following day and getting drunk with a bunch of friends and family really took the edge off any major stress from the experience, but I'm sure I'll be a little paranoid next time I'm driving on a two lane highway at night.

    Daddy_O that sounds like a pretty sweet deal but I don't think it'd be very practicle for me. I drive a ton and I'm lookin' for something with closer to 60K miles. Plus I take a lot of road trips and the MPG would kinda hurt me. But thank you very much for the offer. :tup:
     
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  15. TheLash

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    Damn days, glad you allright!:tup:
     
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  16. Johnny Lightning

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    Glad you're OK :yes: :tup:
     
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  17. RAIDOOORS!...suck

    RAIDOOORS!...suck Well-Known Member

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    your lucky most the acidents on the 89 are fatal and none of the people born here know how to drive for ****.
     
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    RAIDOOORS!...suck Well-Known Member

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    was the reception at matt's on wiskey row, because i was getting drunk there with the wife and in-laws on sunday and we noticed them setting up for a wedding reception....?
     
  19. in_a_days

    in_a_days dgaf

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    Thank you again for all the kind words.

    DOG I was 100% sober and my truck was 100% clean, believe it or not.

    Chispa negative on the insurance. :icon_sad:

    RAIDOORS...suck the ceremony and reception were @ the Windmill Farms Nursery. I've heard 89 has a reputation for being pretty dangerous at night.
     
  20. Daddy_O

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    Yes it will. Think passes everything but the gas stations.

    I am glad you are OK. Brutal experience. Hope it all works out.

    On a quick note, look at the VW Turbo Diesel. I just picked one up. 45mpg hwy and 38 to 42mpg city. Spunky, too. Not as fast as the Volvo, lots faster than my old Nissan. Very safe:tup:
     
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  21. reddenedbeard

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    Glad you are OK .. Most important thing.. ;)
     
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  22. Shamrock

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    in-a-days,

    I'm very glad to hear you are okay. I drive 150,000 miles a year, and I can't tell you how many accidents per month I see, or how many bodies/body bags ....... I've driven those little AZ highways, and they can be nerve wracking. Tired drivers, and boring roads .... let alone the occassional drunk.

    Have Chispa sue the crap out of that kid. Then get yourself a brand new ride, instead of some crappy Chevy beater with horse **** in the bed. :)
     
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  23. in_a_days

    in_a_days dgaf

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    Latest update is that the guy who hit me turned himself in and is now in jail. Both insurance companies have inspected our vehicles and his insurance is accepting responsibility and my truck is being totaled. They're well aware that the longer they deliberate the more they're going to have to cough up for my vehicle storage, rental car, etc. But everything is going pretty smooth so far... :tup:
     
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    Thats great, now you can get the truck you want!
     
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    in_a_days dgaf

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    Hay, after seeing the pics, man I'm just glad you are ok. That was a wicked accident. Could have been much worse.
     
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