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Old 09-11-2013, 12:29 AM   #1
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Run off the road...possible writeoff?

I was driving to work last Sunday (Sep 1st) around 0530, going straight through an intersection on a green light near the airport. A black Accord makes a right turn from my right side into the same direction as I'm going, running the red (no stop whatsoever) and proceeds, without signalling or looking, to move directly into my lane (left lane of a four-lane divided road).

I braked like there was no tomorrow and swerved, luckily managing to avoid contact by about 5 cm. However, the swerving sent me into the median curb, where the car made contact with the cement, damaging my tire, wheel, and possibly steering components.

The Accord drove off without heeding my screeching tires or honking. I followed it into a parking lot and confronted the driver, who apologised profusely and stated that she "didn't see [me] coming around the corner" .
I took her insurance info and made a not-at-fault claim, had the car in for damage assessement on Friday. I haven't had to use it yet, but I do have video of the incident (dashcams ftw)

My car is driveable, but two days ago on the way home it died repeatedly while in motion and it has developed a massive shake from the front end. I'm worried that the contact may have caused some additional damage, and I'm worried about driving it now.

For now, I'm guessing I'll be getting a new wheel and tire, definitely an alignment too. The impact was not bad at all, more of a solid graze than a crash, but I'm wondering what else may have been impacted. I'm concerned that if I need a new rack or suspension components in addition to this, her insurance may write the car off (1988 E30 I bought for $350 two years ago) which puts me in a bind. I can't bear the thought of losing it.


Anyone been through a situation like this before? I'm new to this (never been in a collision where my car was involved). Any thoughts/comments/related wisdom/words of comfort?
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Old 09-11-2013, 12:42 AM   #2
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All I can say is you are LUCKY it wasn't like this!
My friend was just cut off in the same way yesterday, from a woman in an E90 and it left him with broken ribs, and the car...well...you get the idea!

If you don't push too much, they wont write it off...but if it costs $4000 for them to fix it, they will give you the $$$ for the car and call it a day!
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Old 09-11-2013, 01:05 AM   #3
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Ouch. Yeah, I'm definitely thankful; luckily I saw it coming and had already slowed down. Poor guy...
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Old 09-11-2013, 01:19 PM   #4
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the no looking/stopping/no f*cks given morons who make right hand turns out of driveways/side streets is literally the biggest driving problem going these days.


its out of control. People dont stop and cause all kinds of accidents.
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Old 09-11-2013, 01:26 PM   #5
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Probably a poor outlook but it always seems wiser to take the hit then to avoid. When you avoid you are screw.
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Old 09-11-2013, 04:27 PM   #6
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Probably a poor outlook but it always seems wiser to take the hit then to avoid. When you avoid you are screw.
I've always thought this too. What happens if you try to avoid, hop onto a curb and hit a pedestrian? That would be my worst nightmare. Seems counter-intuitive though.

Guess it just comes down to knowing what is around you 100% of the time, and hoping your reflexes are well tuned.

Glad you're ok!
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Old 09-11-2013, 04:40 PM   #7
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I've always thought this too. What happens if you try to avoid, hop onto a curb and hit a pedestrian? That would be my worst nightmare. Seems counter-intuitive though.

Guess it just comes down to knowing what is around you 100% of the time, and hoping your reflexes are well tuned.

Glad you're ok!
Mark Donohue wrote that he was taught by an old timer that this is true on track as well. He said coming around a turn, you see someone spinning in front of you, you aim right for him - that it pretty much always leads to a better outcome than trying to avoid.

The title of this thread made me think of this video that's been going viral today

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Old 09-11-2013, 05:10 PM   #8
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I've always thought this too. What happens if you try to avoid, hop onto a curb and hit a pedestrian? That would be my worst nightmare. Seems counter-intuitive though.

Guess it just comes down to knowing what is around you 100% of the time, and hoping your reflexes are well tuned.

Glad you're ok!
Pretty much. However, the way it was explained to me by the insurance, the other driver caused an "emergency situation"--which transfers fault (at least partially) to them. Not much of a relief when there's injury/death involved, but still good to know. I think me having it on video makes this case pretty easy to resolve.

@BigD: That's tantamout to attempted murder!
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Old 09-11-2013, 11:04 PM   #9
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@BigD: That's tantamout to attempted murder!
Totally! And in the top comment the OP says, I brought it to the marshall's attention and they did what they could... ie nothing? That dude needs a major NASCAR style beatdown
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Old 09-18-2013, 11:03 PM   #10
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A little update: I went through with a not-at-fault claim and had the car in for repairs last week. Got a new tire, refinished the wheel and got an alignment; no writing off, although it cost the insurance $630 (almost twice the original value of the car!)

Win!
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Good to hear! Do you know what was causing the shaking or random dying?
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Old 09-19-2013, 09:31 AM   #12
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I would have had her charged with a fail to stop for red light and get 3 points and a fine for her stupidity. Glad you're ok and your car should be even better than it was prior to the hit.
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Old 09-19-2013, 11:52 AM   #13
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Glad to hear you got her fixed T... always nice to have video to back up your claim... and I guess you had a good adjuster who knows what these cars are really worth.
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Old 09-19-2013, 11:58 AM   #14
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Good to hear! Do you know what was causing the shaking or random dying?
shaking was caused by a dire need for an alignment (I had 2/3 of a degree off altogether!). Engine dying, I don't know. It never happened again.

@slemmer: I would, but I think my rather assertive telling her off probably did a much better job of that. Car is definitely better now!
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