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Friday, August 13, 2004

The First Fender Bender

Ian experienced his first (and wouldn't it be great if it were his last?) car accident today, Friday, the 13th!

Fortunately, no one was hurt or even bruised... though it certainly frazzled our nerves and made us thankful that today's cars are built so sturdily.

We were stopped at a red light at the intersection of highways 69 and 82, waiting to turn right. I was driving; Marysia was in the front seat and Ian was in the back, properly (thank goodness!) strapped into his car seat. A guy in a pick-up came up behind us and rear-ended us--going maybe 10-15 mph. It gave us a pretty good jolt, but the air bags did not deploy and there was no major damage to my car (a Nissan Altima). The bumper is pretty banged up and the trunk does not close, but that's pretty much the extent of it.

This is my second rear-ending in 16 months. Both times I was waiting at a red light to make a turn. I think I may discontinue stopping at red lights for the time being.

Unfortunately, the guy who hit us is not insured. So, I'll have to file an uninsured-motorist claim with my insurance company to cover the repair. Even though it's little more than a fender bender, I'm sure it'll cost hundreds (thousands?) to fix. Plus, there's the inconvenience of finding a repair shop and getting my car into it.

But, of course, the important thing is that no one was hurt. The police came quickly and took the report and we were still able to go to Mr. G's for dinner before I had to check in for All Things Acoustic.

All in all, it could have been much worse.