Well guys, just thought I'd let you know that I trashed my truck pretty bad
It was my fault, I turned in front of a 2003 Tahoe, but there was 2 trucks
in front of me and they blocked me from seeing him at the stop light so i
just followed them around the turn and wham he hit me..
I think he was speeding and on his cell phone.. but i dunno he had no time
to hit his brakes, no skid maks or anything..
but he hit me hard enough, right in the front passangers side tire that it
slid me almost all the way to the other side of the street and nearly layed
me over on my side..
both of us are ok, but that tahoe is totally messed up.. and the side of my
truck is gone.. whats funny is.. neither of our airbags went off..
and he hit me doing 30 or 40mph
What really sucks is I just had a steering gear, pump and 2 balls joints
fixed at $804 and also had a set of Bridgestone Dueler A/T revos but on at
$780. all in the last 2 days.. and it's all gone.. poof!
Just something to remember,
Life is very fragile, don't screw around and expect everything to be ok..
b/c you never know when it's gonna end.. and it can end in a split second..
You have to know that you life is right with God and that he is in control..
anyway, I hope I get keep the tires and go pull a few other things off the
truck like my took box and all that..
so he goes my battel with insurance companies.. Already fighting with a
warranty company whos insurance company went into liquadition
No actually, it's a good thing he didn't hit the truck in front of me.. it
was a new F-150 with 3 teenage kids in the back.. if he'da hit them there
would have been bodys all over main st....... If by hitting me it meant
saving lives.. I'd much rather..
Thank God no one was hurt, and thank God for FS trucks! From the sounds of
it, had you been in a smaller vehicle you might have been injured. When I
wrecked mine a few years back, if we had been in my wife's car (little
puddle jumper at the time) she would have been seriously injured. Honest to
God, I felt like I was driving a cement wall when we hit that other car; we
stopped DEAD and sent the other car flying 75 feet down the road. Two days
later we traded in the wee little car for a Sonoma (she was holding onto the
car for sentiment as her Dad had given it to her) and now she's bugging me
for a Burb or Escalade.
Anyhow, don't be totalling her out quite yet. It might take a good fight
with the insurance company, but if she's worth saving, put up a fight. They
wanted to total mine out (told me to get my personal possesions out of the
truck as they were going to tow it to the junkyard that afternoon) and three
months later I had her fully repaired and on the road again at no cost to me
aside from the comprehensive deductible (other driver was uninsured).
I feel for ya bud. I had JUST finished my restoration on Chelsea and we
wrecked 2 days later, so I know how it feels to have just recently dropped
some $$$ on a vehicle and then wreck it shortly thereafter. Hell, even if
they total it out, buy it back from them for $400 or so and fix it up
Ouch.. the good thing is everyone is OK!
I was in an accident hitting a car that pulled in front of me. Hit him
going 45, airbags didn't go off, I left 30ft of right front skid marks
thanks to the great braking system on my 99Z71 Tahoe. Brakes have been a
sorry excuse since new but that's another story and a 3 year battle with the
Chevy to get it corrected vs. calling it a lemon and moving on. Tahoe won,
the cars trunk was ripped off like a NASCAR wreck. Of course he didn't have
insurance, didn't speak English and he tried to walk away b/c he didn't have
a car that would move after the accident.
Good luck in getting into the impound lot to recover anything. Here in
Charlotte, the impound lot would of already stolen your radio, tires etc. As
a rule most people have their car towed to their body shop or their own
driveway to avoid issues with the impound lot. I have had friends go down
the next day (Charlotte and Colorado Springs) and its been too late,
speakers, radios, tires all missing already.. with a shelves full of
'systems' behind their counters and signs that they are not responsible for
your car while in storage. Most insurance companies think the car is theirs
once its at the impound lot even if they haven't 'totaled it' and attempt to
protect the salvage value.
<<<and signs that they are not responsible for your car while in
That crap is only used to scare off the common folk.
They are legally responsible for anything that happens to your car under
their care. Even those parking lots that issue a tag saying "We have NO
responsible" get sued and lose. It could take a well written lawyer
letter sent to the SOB's but the car owner will win.
No, I'm not a lawyer but have a good friend who is and have seen this
same info on TV news shows. Legal letters scare people into coughing up
when they realize it's cheaper to settle than fight it..ken
I completely agree. I am also not a Lawyer, but just the other day there
was the exact same thing on Peoples Court. What came out of it was once a
business or person takes a car into it's possession they are responsible. I
live in Reno, NV. and one of the Casino's had three cars ripped off in a
week and they had to pay off the people who lost their cars because one the
Valet takes possession of the car it becomes a contract between the owner of
the car and the establishment. They also had the same sign saying "they were
not responsible for anything lost or stolen, up to and including damage to
said vehicle". Like what was said in this person letter, you may have to
have a Lawyer send a letter, but I doubt it would go farther than that. Good
Sorry to hear about your bad luck but I'm glad that no one was injured.
I lost two cars right after I dumped money into them - it sucks! Good
advice about buying it back and fixing it yourself. A neighbor of mine
did that and he never regretted his decision.
I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much
liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.
~ Thomas Jefferson ~
Everyone around here seems to think they will want to much for it to be
worth buying back..
dude at the salvage yard where it was towed said he saw a '97 K1500 just
like mine come in and it got totalled and taken to auction, and was sold for
$10K just for the motor, tranny and drive trane...
I glad to see you and everyone else are okay. Depending how much you have
put into your truck, I would look at letting them total it and then by it
back. Around 8 years ago my friend had a 79' truck that he had it really
built up with a 454 and customs axles and such. He was with Farmers
insurance and they allowed him to by back the truck after they totaled it.
At the time he was paid off $6,000 and then he bought his back for $400.
From that he sold the axles to beef up my van and kept his motor for a newer
truck. He found another truck that had a lot of smog requirement so he sold
the motor for a very good price. Just my opinion. Good luck and watch you
body as it always hurts worst the net day.
Your truck totally kicked that Tahoe's ASS! Good job dude. It's pretty
f'ed up eh? From the looks of things, I doubt they'll total your truck.
Here's some pics of my wreck. Keep in mind she's much older than yours with
lots of miles, and they didn't total her even with the frame damage. Mind
you, I fought them for a few months but they didn't total it in the end. I
got to keep it with a clean title and was out just my deductible.
I'll have to agree with Doc on this. Your truck surely doesn't look
totaled. My truck looked worse than that TWO times and it got totaled
neither time, and I have no regrets about it not being totaled. Still
drives like it did the day I got it, when it had 60,000 miles on it,
like a bat outta hell...
That's the idea with the "crumple zones" though. Let the vehicle take as
much damage as possible while trying to keep the passengers as safe as
possible. I don't think they either had them on that year truck or
weren't nearly as sophisticated as they are on the later model Tahoe.
I'm still uncertain if they are a good idea or not. Seems like a scam to
insure more new vehicle sales to me, by making sure the vehicle is so
destroyed in the name of safety that it has to be totaled.
-"Like a Rock" is turning into "Like a ball of tin foil with a tough
Mike Levy wrote:
the car manufacturers aren't to blame for crumple zones and other safety
features. the NHTSA and other federal agencies (like the EPA) have had HUGE
impacts on car/truck design. it'd be easy as hell to design a truck that
could run full on into a concrete wall and survive more or less undamaged.
however, the people inside it would look like chunky salsa. inanimate
objects don't feel pain, people do.
I'll second that one! Man, that Tahoe looks terrible and yours looks like
it just had a bad day. Definately, don't give up on yours. I got mashed in
the PS rear corner a few winters ago by some young girl in her boyfriends
blazer on an icy night. She crammed into my rear and went flying past on
the icy highway. All I saw was headlights, taillights, headlights,
taillights.... ...headlights as she slammed backward into a
telephone pole. I ran to her truck and said "is everyone ok?" The first
words out of her mouth, which I could have punched afterward (even though
she was a female) was "what the hell were you doing!?"
My thoughts "well, gee.... ...I was idling and stopped. What were you
doing - about 60??"
Anyhow, a little frame tweaking, some sheet metal and it was back on the
road. Doc has seen photos of the "after" and I'm pretty sure he thought it
turned out well.
Keep up the fight,
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