Fender bender…

Well a little bit more than a fender bender… I was rear ended on the way to work on the 15th. I’m not sure the whole concept of posting a few image of the results are really Ratburger material, but since I sent them off on Facebook, I thought I might share them here.

The other vehicle….

Estimate for repairs to mine is $3612.85 !!!

That’s one point two times what I spent to buy my first brand new vehicle!

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Author: G.D.

I'm from Pensyltucky. Can trace my ancestry directly to whom the present day national anthem of Poland is written about. Presently repair slot machines at a casino.

18 thoughts on “Fender bender…”

  1. You are kidding! Besides a new bumper and the ding in the tailgate, what else is there? I had to have a bumper replaced a few years ago from a rear-ender and it was about $700.

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  2. Oh, Gerry D, I am sorry that you are having trouble. What a jerk that guy was; what was he doing and did he think he was in Boston or something?

    I have noticed that your aesthetic standards of  handymanship are high, so it may or may not help you if I just mention that around here the man of the house has been known to decline such payouts in favor of repair of things like that with zipties. White ones, usually, on a grey vehicle. Goes well with the strips of neon red reflective tape at prospective collision points. His fame and honor thereon redounds in certain circles, mostly of clients.

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  3. Blondie:
    You are kidding! Besides a new bumper and the ding in the tailgate, what else is there? I had to have a bumper replaced a few years ago from a rear-ender and it was about $700.

    Actually, there is a lot more damage, the tailgate is bent, have to replace it, the frame flexed and smacked the cab denting it, the side, or what would be a fender on a car, of the bed was dented and pushed in by the bumper, the mounting brackets for the bumper I could go on….

    I don’t want to tie up memory on here with images, if you’d like to see more, I could post them in my web space and provide a link.

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  4. What do expect by owning a Ram truck, Gerry? Next time buy the “Don’t Hit Me” model. Glad you are okay.

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  5. Gerry D:

    Blondie:
    You are kidding! Besides a new bumper and the ding in the tailgate, what else is there? I had to have a bumper replaced a few years ago from a rear-ender and it was about $700.

    Actually, there is a lot more damage, the tailgate is bent, have to replace it, the frame flexed and smacked the cab denting it, the side, or what would be a fender on a car, of the bed was dented and pushed in by the bumper, the mounting brackets for the bumper I could go on….

    I don’t want to tie up memory on here with images, if you’d like to see more, I could post them in my web space and provide a link.

    Ok. That makes more sense. Boy, he hit you pretty good then. Glad you are ok. Hopefully they have good insurance.

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  6. Gerry, posts like this can be helpful because it gives useful knowledge to the community. Also it adds variety to the site. Thanks.

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  7. Blondie:

    Gerry D:

    Blondie:
    You are kidding! Besides a new bumper and the ding in the tailgate, what else is there? I had to have a bumper replaced a few years ago from a rear-ender and it was about $700.

    Actually, there is a lot more damage, the tailgate is bent, have to replace it, the frame flexed and smacked the cab denting it, the side, or what would be a fender on a car, of the bed was dented and pushed in by the bumper, the mounting brackets for the bumper I could go on….

    I don’t want to tie up memory on here with images, if you’d like to see more, I could post them in my web space and provide a link.

    Ok. That makes more sense. Boy, he hit you pretty good then. Glad you are ok. Hopefully they have good insurance.

    What speed was the impact at?

    What was the situation? Were you stopped or just going slower, Gerry?

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  8. Blondie:

    Gerry D:

    Blondie:
    You are kidding! Besides a new bumper and the ding in the tailgate, what else is there? I had to have a bumper replaced a few years ago from a rear-ender and it was about $700.

    Actually, there is a lot more damage, the tailgate is bent, have to replace it, the frame flexed and smacked the cab denting it, the side, or what would be a fender on a car, of the bed was dented and pushed in by the bumper, the mounting brackets for the bumper I could go on….

    I don’t want to tie up memory on here with images, if you’d like to see more, I could post them in my web space and provide a link.

    Ok. That makes more sense. Boy, he hit you pretty good then. Glad you are ok. Hopefully they have good insurance.

    They seem to have, their insurance company will pay for everything, well nearly everything. They will pay to have it repaired, a rental while it’s being repaired, pay for my day off from work. As either the law in Pensyltucky is, or the norm, (gotta get the correct answer to that), my insurance will pay for my doctor’s visit and probably get reimbursed from their insurance company.

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  9. 10 Cents:
    What speed was the impact at?

    What was the situation? Were you stopped or just going slower, Gerry?

    The traffic was unusually slow at this location, I suspect that further along there might have been two trucks slowing things down, one in the passing lane and one in the regular lane. It was just before the crest of a hill. I was in the passing lane at about 45 mph, I keep a distance from those in front of me, I was slowing down, I was somewhere between 20 mph and 15 mph when BAM! I looked in the rear view mirror and all I saw was steam.

    Not wanting to be in front of him in case there was another vehicle that may hit him, I idled about 100 feet further up the road to where I could pull off to the left as at the accident point there was a guide rail and no where safe to move over.

    I sat in my truck for a time to collect myself and to determine if I was injured. I called my wife and then 911. They forwarded my call to the state police and they got there in maybe 10-15 minutes, (due to the backup in traffic). At that time I was calm and collected. I told the officer as I was handing him my license registration and insurance papers along with my concealed carry permit that I was armed. He said thank you. I waited with my vehicle as the state policeman pulled back to the other vehicle and addressed the situation. Then after I felt that he had, I went back to his vehicle and he asked me just about what I explained to you. I said that I like to keep space in front of me and be prepared. The state policemen said that obviously the other driver didn’t.

    Blondie: I posted some, not all, of the images on my domain.

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  10. 10 Cents:
    What do expect by owning a Ram truck, Gerry? Next time buy the “Don’t Hit Me” model. Glad you are okay.

    But, 10 Cents, it says RAM not RAM ME!

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  11. Gerry D:

    10 Cents:
    What do expect by owning a Ram truck, Gerry? Next time buy the “Don’t Hit Me” model. Glad you are okay.

    But, 10 Cents, it says RAM not RAM ME!

    Be honest, who is more deserving of a push than you, Gerry?

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  12. 10 Cents:

    Gerry D:

    10 Cents:
    What do expect by owning a Ram truck, Gerry? Next time buy the “Don’t Hit Me” model. Glad you are okay.

    But, 10 Cents, it says RAM not RAM ME!

    Be honest, who is more deserving of a push than you, Gerry?

    It’s a DODGE, not a FORD!

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  13. Gerry D:

    10 Cents:

    Gerry D:

    10 Cents:
    What do expect by owning a Ram truck, Gerry? Next time buy the “Don’t Hit Me” model. Glad you are okay.

    But, 10 Cents, it says RAM not RAM ME!

    Be honest, who is more deserving of a push than you, Gerry?

    It’s a DODGE, not a FORD!

    Give Me a break, Gerry. 

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  14. Always sad to see a wounded truck, like faithful dogs who took one for their master.

    3K for a bumper these days, with all the electronics embedded seems about right.

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  15. TKC 1101:
    Always sad to see a wounded truck, like faithful dogs who took one for their master.

    3K for a bumper these days, with all the electronics embedded seems about right.

    You’ve got a point there, TKC.

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  16. Gerry D:

    10 Cents:
    What do expect by owning a Ram truck, Gerry? Next time buy the “Don’t Hit Me” model. Glad you are okay.

    But, 10 Cents, it says RAM not RAM ME!

    Several years back, I was at a stoplight in my 2000 Tundra. The light turned green but nobody was going in front of me so I was still stopped. Guy in a Nissan came up expecting people to be moving then slammed on brakes realizing they weren’t. Front end of what turned out to be his girlfriend’s car went right under my truck. The trailer hitch tore it up. Then the fun started. He had just gotten out of jail, didn’t have a driver’s license, wasn’t supposed to be driving the car or seeing this girl.  That last part I found out because dad happened upon our accident before the trooper came and noticed the car was his daughter’s. Oh, before that, the guy wanted me to drive him to where she was (as in leave the scene). I’d already called 911. Thankfully a DEA officer came by in an unmarked car and stopped to lend a hand. Next thing I know he’s got the guy cuffed and in the back of his car. More drama than I cared to deal with. By the time the trooper and EMS came it was all over. Ha!

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  17. This reminded me a something I saw many years ago. I was in a line before a stoplight. The car in front of me their was a young couple. The guy was revving his car. One could tell he wanted to show off. The light turns green. He takes off and hits the car that is five feet in front of him. 🙂

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  18. 10 Cents:
    This reminded me a something I saw many years ago. I was in a line before a stoplight. The car in front of me their was a young couple. The guy was revving his car. One could tell he wanted to show off. The light turns green. He takes off and hits the car that is five feet in front of him. 🙂

    I can just imagine that happening! LOL

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