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06 September 2009 @ 08:53 pm
Alas, poor car.  
So I was in a car accident yesterday. I'm all right, though my chest and right arm are are still bruised up and sore from the airbag. Which is better than the alternative. Dad's also okay; he was in my passenger seat. He was sitting further back and so didn't get quite so much impact from his airbag.

A woman ran into me trying to make a left turn from the center lane. She and her passenger are okay too. Smashed up my passenger side and caused the airbags to deploy. The car may be totaled. We'll see.

Sigh.

At least the other driver took full responsibility. In fact, she's still terribly worried that I'm hurt and called me at 8:00 this morning to make sure I was all right. She's a woman in her 70s who was taking her husband home from the hospital after he had a pacemaker put in. The insurance companies will sort it all out, but it's impossible to get mad at her for it.

My dad, who is a confirmed saint, actually drove the two of them back home to Warrenton last night, about an hour-and-a-half drive, because their car was completely totaled and they couldn't find anyone to pick them up. The tow truck driver who was called to take their car away, when he heard my parents arranging to get them home, leaned over to my mom and said, "Are you really from this area? People around here aren't usually this nice."

And mom of course insisted that if I refused to go to the hospital, I had to at least stay with them last night just in case. There's nobody at the insurance office until Tuesday, so I can't take the car to a mechanic or get a rental until then; the windshield is busted and one headlight is gone, so I can't really drive it around even though the key systems seem to be okay. There's also two airbags deployed -- did you know the driver's side airbag just breaks through the plastic on the steering wheel when it inflates? I always figured the middle of the wheel would flip open or something. But again, that makes replacing airbags a very expensive deal. If the insurance company pays out the blue book value of the car, that ought to be enough, or almost enough, to buy a used car.

I guess it's a good thing I didn't have any plans for the weekend, huh?
 
 
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