True. And as a 21 year police veteran in Texas, the guy was at fault.
I know the accident didn't occur in Texas. But here a driver is required
to come to a complete stop when exiting a private drive (includes
parking lots). Then pull out onto the street only when safe to do so. It
sounds as if the moron never stopped. As for the ticket issue. Here in
Texas we don't issue traffic tickets either if an officer does not
witness the accident or violation. Now if there is an injury or death
then that's a different story. An officer will write tickets or make an
arrest in those cases. An officer also does not find fault in an
accident. Although there is a space on the accident report for
"officer's opinion" as to who caused the accident. In Texas an accident
is considered a civil matter and therefore your insurance companies
"work it out" between themselves. They have their own investigators to
do this. The police only are there to gather facts and to deal with the
traffic nightmares that usually occur with an accident.
On a side note the worst thing I have ever heard as an officer is
while working an accident on a major highway. The squeeling of brakes
will make you run and jump for cover and will make a certain part of
your anatomy pucker up. People just do not pay attention to what they
An officer in Universal City, TX lost her legs about 2 years ago when a
car rear-ended her patrol car at a stop, and an officer trying to catch
speeders and DWI drivers in San Antonio got rear ended by a DWI driver
and lost his life last month. (His wife was the dispatcher on duty when
the call came in)
It happens too often. OK finally passed a law this year that requires
drivers to move over to another lane when passing a police car stopped
on the shoulder. Hope that helps, but unfortunately there will always be
bad drivers and drunk drivers out there.
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Nate.. My neighbor just went through something like this on her daughters car...
it was rear ended and pushed up into another car.. (ouch)
Body work and all came out fine, but she was worried about resale...
Her insurance company told her to get 2 "experts" to estimate the amount of
resale value lost due to record of it being bent...
She got one from a local dealer regarding resale, I got one from a friend that
runs a used car lot... they were both pretty close, in this case about $3,000,
and the insurance company agreed to compensate her that amount without a
Glad that the family is ok... I know that's your main priority...
Hope this helps a little..
You had no problems taking a $5,000 or more hit in interest for the bank.
Why do care if you lose more money because of some guy? You need to read the
book Total Money Makeover, or check out www.daveramesy.com (Pay cash or
In my State "Massachusetts" if a person pulls out of a private driveway
or business driveway, they are at fault 100% unless the person already
in that road way is on the wrong side of the road.
The driver that is coming from the non-public funded road has to yield to all on-coming traffic.
Your State may have different road rules, check them out!
That was a nice truck.
On Thu, 17 Nov 2005 10:19:09 -0700, "Nathan W. Collier"
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