Truck is trashed when drunk driver strikes me!

You are not going to believe what happened to me last night. We decided to trade in our mint condition Chevy Silverado Z71 pickup for a crew cab Chevy so that our daughters were not so crammed in the back seat. On the way to the dealership, my daughters and I were in the truck and my wife was following in her Acura. 1/4 mile from the dealership a guy drove right out from a side street and T-boned my truck. It turns out he had a pipe in his car and spilled his alcoholic drink all over the front of his shirt in the accident and was arrested on the scene. My kids and I are fine, just a little sore from the impact. My truck is trashed. The entire driver’s side, every single panel, is dented and bent up. The steering wheel is now tilted 20 degrees to the right and steering feels a bit loose. I am pretty ticked because now my truck is not worth close to what it was before. I should find out early next week what the insurance company thinks as far as repair or total loss. I just thank God that my family, especially my girls, are fine and were not injured.

When I was 16, I put my own engine and transmission in my Dodge Duster and added some wheels and a stereo. After about 5 months, a drunk driver plowed head on into the car when my friends and I were going to the drive in. My car was totalled and of course, the idiot did not have insurance so I received nothing for all my work in my car. I had liability, but the car wasn’t worth enough for all the other insurance at the time. Thankfully, this recent driver has insurance.

I thought one accident with a drunk driver in a lifetime was enough and can’t believe they have now hit me twice. DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE!!!!!!

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  1. #1 by Anonymous on October 30, 2004 - 11:03

    Hope you and your family are feeling well……… Unlucky situation.
    Best,
    Ian

  2. #2 by Anonymous on October 31, 2004 - 03:56

    Glad to hear you and your family are safe, that is the main thing.

    Insurance: in the UK, average yearly insurance is 500ukp, average fine for not having insurance is ~200ukp! I have also been involved in an accident with uninsured driver and it adds insult to injury when you are out of pocket due to someone elses actions.

  3. #3 by Anonymous on November 1, 2004 - 13:09

    I can’t believe you got hit on your way to sell your truck! Glad to hear that you and the family is OK.

  4. #4 by Anonymous on November 2, 2004 - 17:50

    Matt,
    Hey! Ted from Newcastle here…wow, I’m glad you guys are okay, especially given the type of accident you were in. People often get REALLY hurt when they are t-boned like you were. Your truck is replaceable, (very expensive, but replaceable,) but you, your wife and your daughters are not! Good luck with all of the post-accident insurance hassles…
    Ted

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