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Mark Atwood
My car! My wonderful new car!
So, I was heading south down I405S, just passing thru Bellvue. Traffic was heavy but fast. And I see brake lights in front of me. So I slow down. And the guy in front of me is slowing more, hard, fast. And I noticed that he was starting to "jump", he was starting to skid a bit. "Oh, shit.", thinks I, and I jam my brakes solid, and come to a stop right behind him. "Whew," thinks I, and then glace up in my rearview.

BAM! whoom BAM! *screeee* BAM!

The "whoom" was my back window imploding and spraying pebbles of safety glass all over the interior. The "scree" was the big ass big tires tricked out big black truck that sideswiped me.

There were several more loud noises, as well, but I was most concerned with the ones reverbating thru the Subaru frame that was committing suicide in stages to save me. The whole thing took a surprisingly large amount of time, maybe over 30 seconds, and from the inside it looked a lot like a good movie SFX, except that no foley engineer has ever actually reproduced the sound of car colliding from the inside.

My car! My car! Wait, am I ok? Yes. My car! Wait, is anyone else hurt? Look around, other people getting out, everyone was ok. The cops were right there, I remember flashing past them about a quarter mile back.

I got out, and took some pictures, right before my digital camera died. Fortunately, I had an emergecy backup chemical film camera stashed in the car, just exactly for this sort of thing.

After the cops took my papers, and centralized the address swap and wrote up their report, I sat in my seat, and got GEICO on the phone. It took them FOREVER to generate up a claim number, and I had to be rather firm with the rep that I was not going to go thru the whole questionaire right then, all I wanted to to get the claim number, tell him the police number, and figure out where my car was to be towed.

jezel was nice enough to come pick me up from the tow lot, and in payment, I took her out to dinner.

This is going to be annoying to deal with for the next couple of days. And now I'm paranoid suspicions about every little ache and pain, I got jerked around good.

But nothing is broken, nothing is bleeding (but I'm still picking safety glass out of my hair), nobody and no bodies left in an ambulence, and the insurers are all jocking up.
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zzbottom From: zzbottom Date: March 18th, 2004 11:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, I am certainly really glad that you're ok. Sorry about the car, though, I know how much you love it. Lastly, better to be picking glass out of you hair than to be picking it out of your scalp for two weeks, like I did.
juuro From: juuro Date: March 18th, 2004 11:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Whew! That is some jarring experience, I'm sure. I do hope you get your insurers do what they are expected to do, and get soon back on your wheels without excessive costs.
sinanju From: sinanju Date: March 18th, 2004 11:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sorry to hear about your car--but glad to hear that you're okay. And, well, this is what insurance is for.
nilasae From: nilasae Date: March 19th, 2004 12:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank $DEITY you're OK!
docorion From: docorion Date: March 19th, 2004 02:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, while I am sorry for your car, especially knowing how fond you were of it, I am much more glad that you are OK.
broken_gizmo From: broken_gizmo Date: March 19th, 2004 03:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Meep! I am, as everyone else, terribly sorry about your car, but glad that you are ok.
From: missdimple Date: March 19th, 2004 04:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Sowwy about your car...happy that you're ok!!!
sarmonster From: sarmonster Date: March 19th, 2004 06:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Yich. Been in a fair share of car accidents & they SUCK. Get yourself into a hot tub for a good hours' soak ASAP & it'll get the soreness out. Otherwise you're probably going to be achy for about 5 days just from hydrostatic shock & such.
Being the resposible guy you are, I'm sure you had comprehensive, yes? You'll either have a new Forester within a week, or it'll take those dingbats two weeks to fix it if the Insurance company doesn't total it out. I can only tell you where NOT to go for body repair, unfortuantely.
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: March 19th, 2004 08:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Heh, I was actually on my way *to* a date with a hot tub when it happened.
sarmonster From: sarmonster Date: March 19th, 2004 12:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aw, MAN, reschedule.

Hope you're doing all right. It sucks to lose a car. I catch myself howling every time I see a Jeep.
omahas From: omahas Date: March 19th, 2004 07:36 am (UTC) (Link)
When you called last night to let me know our date was off, I was more worried about making sure you were all right then finding out about your car. I'm so sorry that you car has been damaged so. I know you are so proud of it.
elfs From: elfs Date: March 19th, 2004 08:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Grief! You're lucky the guy behind you wasn't going much faster. I'm so glad you didn't get hurt or killed in this kind of mess. Yeah, replacing that car is going to be a serious pain in the ass...
wendolen From: wendolen Date: March 19th, 2004 08:21 am (UTC) (Link)
That's exactly what I'm always afraid of having happen when I drive on 405S through Bellevue -- the traffic speed shifts so suddenly.

Glad you're okay. And hey -- at least your car is new enough to get one that's a whole lot like it, pretty easily. :}
jatg From: jatg Date: March 19th, 2004 09:47 am (UTC) (Link)


First and foremost I am glad you are okay!

Secondly, sorry 'bout your car.

But again, YAY that you are okay!

And now I ponder just what the crashing sounds like inside a car. KaBLAM!
From: j5nn5r Date: March 19th, 2004 09:50 am (UTC) (Link)
oh man, I am soooo sorry. 405 really sucks for this. yesterday was insane as I headed south at 3pm. I almost got the same treatment. I really, really hope you aren't hurt and I really hope you get your vehicle replaced soon. If you need a vehicle until the other is replaces, my neon will be available starting April 13 or so.
From: volta Date: March 19th, 2004 10:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow. Sucks about the car, but at least you are OK.
riverheart From: riverheart Date: March 19th, 2004 11:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Ow! Your car! Your car!

I got smashed into sideways by a drunk driver running a red light, on my 21st birthday, as my love and I were heading out to dinner. That was the end of my very first car, my Volvo station wagon.

Nothing broken and nothing bleeding is a good thing. You walked out of it...that's a very good thing. May you have good luck with everything else.
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