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Old 08-21-2005, 09:00 PM   #1
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Bangged up the Grand Cherokee today

Well it all started like any normal Sunday…

We went to Church this morning, picked up some breakfast from Taco Cabana on the way home.

My wife went grocery shopping with my daughter and I went to help a teacher friend of ours hang some Dry Erase boards in his classroom before the first day of school.

When I was done I left my friend off at home and took the Rubicon to be detailed and filled it up with gas for the start of the week. When I got home my wife asked me to take out the Grand Cherokee Overland out to get it detailed and fill it up with gas too. My daughter and I ran a few more errands and then met my wife back at the house about 5:00pm.

Our daughter had a youth group meeting at church so we headed out for the evening’s events at church. We piled the family into the Grand Cherokee and took our usual rout to church, since the Grand is my wife’s she normally drives around town. It was about 10 min to six and we were heading North on Babcock in San Antonio.

As we approached the Hausman Road cross street this girl in a 2001 Hyundai Accent crosses in front of us. This is a stoplight two by two intersection with nor-protected left turns. When my wife saw she was turning in front of us she slammed on the breaks but it was too late we were almost in the street when she turned in front of us.

Thankfully, we had slowed enough that the force of the impact did not deploy the airbags in our Jeep. I guess you know what happens when a Jeep Grand Cherokee T-bones a Hyundai. Her car is so screwed. We had some fairly substantial damage to the Passenger Front Quarter: Hood, Fender, Front Passenger Door, and all of the Lower Fascia on the Jeep.

Right after the impact I was talking to my daughter to make sure she was okay. This Girl is still talking on her cell phone the look on her face never changed. I can’t open the passenger door because her car is tossed in my way. My wife gets out of here car and ask the other driver if she is okay then she says “Get off the Phone!”

This girl yells at my wife and says “I had a green light???” My wife yells back at her, “So did we you don’t have an arrow!”

The police did not site her even though six or seven witnesses told him exactly what happened. She got a ticket for no proof of insurance, though I sure hope her coverage is in force. My knee is a little banged up from the dash and I have a small bruise on my shoulder. My wife is fine but she is still pissed. My daughter has a nasty bruise on her shoulder from the seatbelt. Thankfully, no one was seriously hurt. But, my daughter missed her meeting and my wife is not going to let her go to cheerleading practice for the next few days until she is sure she’s not badly hurt.

That guy I helped hang the dry-erase boards came to pick us up and give us a ride home.

My wife is a teacher too, so I need to give her a ride to work tomorrow for the first day of school, and our friend said he’d bring her home or to my office tomorrow.

This really sucks because I liked that Jeep, not to mention the $40.00 bucks of gas and the $28.00 car wash that was less than 5 hours old.

I guess I should be thankful that it was only this bad…
Here is the Google Map of the Intersection.

Oh yeah, and my wife; is still real pissed!

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Old 08-21-2005, 09:29 PM   #2
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Old 08-21-2005, 09:56 PM   #3
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Thank you!

Thanks.

The EMT that looked at my daughter, told my her...

"Any accedent you can walk away from is a good one"

I'm sure he's right on that one.
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Old 08-22-2005, 03:10 AM   #4
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Thanks.

The EMT that looked at my daughter, told my her...

"Any accedent you can walk away from is a good one"

I'm sure he's right on that one.
Brother, he is definitely right on that note. The Grand can be replaced and you can probably find another one exactly like it. But your wife and daughter can't be.

But I still don't blame your wife for being pissed. Especially if they don't have any insurance and yours has to cover it under your uninsured/under insured.
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Old 08-22-2005, 07:19 AM   #5
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damn cell phone users!! i have one, but i don't drive with it! i'd rather drive drunk that on the phone.
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Yeah, glad to hear that you are still around to tell us about it!
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Old 08-22-2005, 01:48 PM   #8
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Thanks!!!

A guy on another Forum said I should make up stickers that say...

"If you hit my Jeep when you’re on a cell phone you had better know a good proctologist"

Do you think I should print them up and sell them on JeepTales.com
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"If you hit my Jeep when you’re on a cell phone you had better know a good proctologist"
That is pretty darn funny. Don't know if it would be worth your time though.
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and that's a really long sticker to try to read while on the road....if they aren't on the cell phone, reading that would be distracting enough.
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Just got the bad news

The Body shop called me and without taking off any body panels they are at $5000.00

The girl from the accident just called me and she does not have any insurance, she thought she did but she does not.

I'm a good guy....Why me???

The fact that we are not hurt is important but I did not need this right now.
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The Body shop called me and without taking off any body panels they are at $5000.00

The girl from the accident just called me and she does not have any insurance, she thought she did but she does not.

I'm a good guy....Why me???

The fact that we are not hurt is important but I did not need this right now.
Will your insurance company pay for the repairs? I would think about taking some kind of legal action, perhaps civil court.. She should not just be able to walk away from this.
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Will your insurance company pay for the repairs? I would think about taking some kind of legal action, perhaps civil court.. She should not just be able to walk away from this.
Waste of time taking her to court. You'll just end up spending your money in legal fees with little chance of any restitution. I hope you had full coverage on your vehicle.
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We have full coverage

But, I still have to pay the deductable...

And if I don't want my wife to drive a Roller Skate as a rental I have to pay the upcharge.

The Body shop is telling me 20 working days.

But there is a new twist: This girl bought the car 3 weeks ago. In the state of Texas a dealer can't sell a car without proof of liability the state will not regester a car with no Insurance. If they did this someone broke the law...

This girl says she never gave them proof of insurance....

So the dealership might be on the hook???

I need to look into this.
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Don't rightly see what that is going to do for you? Doesn't matter what car she was driving she still didn't have any insurance. She was cited by police so she will have some kind of consequence for not carrying insurance.

But what year is your Grand? Because if you are talking 5k without even looking at anything then your insurance might start looking at a total. Then you can hook up that new Commander.

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