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Today I went to an auto auction in Salem (the one where the Intrepid came from) for fun...just to see what they had. On my way back I decided to take the highway home. I get off onto the exit ramp, which has a lot of cars on it...it is rush hour. I patiently wait for teh cars to go...they have to wait to go because it merges into a rotary. My turn comes up. I move forward no more than a couple of feet to see if there are any cars coming through the rotary. There are, so I stop and wait for them to go past. As I'm watching I see a big truck barreling towards me in my rear view mirror. I only had enough time to think, 'he's going too fast to stop."

This happened at about 5:10pm

Next thing I know, I've been rear-ended, which forces my foot into the clutch, breaks the driver's seat (it was upright, but after impact was fully reclined against the back seats and wouldn't come back up), and smashes the rear driver's quarter...it also pushes the car into the rotary.

I'm in shock, and shaky/freaking out...I couldn't believe it. I get out and so does the other driver. He asks if I'm ok...I say physically, not mentally...but my foot hurts. He says, and I quote, "I thought you had already gone" I'm like...yeah, that's why I was still there with my brake lights on. Plus, he was going way too fast anyway...like 20-30mph.

One of his buddies in another truck pulls off in front of us. I move the car off the road...it still runs...but it's hard to shift while teh seat is all the way back. We start exchanging info...but then it gets weird because one of these guys has a disposable camera and starts taking pictures...what moving agency just happpens to be carrying a camera with them? The guy in the other truck takes a couple photos of the reclined seat and mumbles something about it. I promptly tell him, with some anger in my voice, that my seat was all the way up and the force of the truck broke it. They seem fishy to me...I don't like either one of them.

The police are here by now, as is a fire truck.They ask if we're okay, the guy who hit me says he's just shaken, I say I am too but my toe hurts some...but I say I don't need to go to the hospital. I tell the officer exactly what happened, and basically just stare at the car...in shock and awe that this happened...I was wishing I hadn't taken the highway home...

To make things worse, Jessica has the cell phone, and she's at work...I had no way to contact anyone. The officer tells me I can't drive the Prizm home because the trunk won't stay closed,so it has to be towed. Of course, they won't let me use AAA, I have to use what they have. It has to be taken to their place because if they take it home (which is on the way might I add) it would cost me a hundred f@#king dollars. I had to let them take it there so the insurance company will handle it. I get a ride home from the tow truck.

The officers and the fireman (who was very nice) told me not to worry, it could have been worse, and that I wasn't at fault...but somehow I don't feel better about it. :(

I got home, called Jessica, she came home...I broke down a bit...it was just so much stress...after all of the $h! that has happened these past 2 weeks. After calming down, I promptly made the phone calls to my insurance and that guy's insurance, they dropped the report paperwork off at the police station...what happens from here I don't know.

On our way back from the police station we stopped off at the towing place, and I grabbed some photos of the damage...

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Here's a picture of the culprit...not the actual one though. But same size and cab and stuff.

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By the way, the only damage he had was a bent bumper.

And here's a look of the Prizm last week, right after I waxed and buffed it... :(

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Lots of mixed emotions right now...sadness, frustration, anger... :cussing::angry::(:banghead::censored:

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Hmm, good luck with that. I'll have to post about my vehicle losses the last couple months...

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Couldve been worse...couldve been the intrepid

That's what my mom said...but that doesn't make it any better. Both cars are family after all.

What I wonder/hope is if the damage can be fixed...the night time pictures are crap, but as you can still see, the trunk/bumper area is pushed in on that side.

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Sorry about the wreck. Dealing with insurance companies are a pain in the butt. I hope your pains go away soon. It would probably be better for the car to be totaled because it will never be the same.

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Ouch. That sucks. It doesn't look too bad, but considering the age, I'd say there's a good chance it's totaled, but I'm not Ocn.

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Wow... this reminds me so much of my wreck a couple of years ago. Same thing; a truck rear ended me.

Sorry to hear about your car man, but you're okay and in the end that's what counts. I would still get checked out by either the ER or a doctors office though just to be safe. When I had my wreck, I felt like a million bucks because my adrenaline was flowing, then I started getting really sore and ended up in the emergency room. From there, it went to having physical therapy 2 times a week for months after the wreck (And still sometimes on occasion if my back decides to be a bitch)

If you're like me and remember the whole thing, you'll experience nervousness about being rear ended in the future as well.

What will happen is the insurance company will get their estimates and everything and then they'll contact you and try to "buy you out" for a fair amount of money. Normally this figure is modest and serves as their way to try and make you forget about all your/their problems. I never have taken the "buy out" (I've been in 5 accidents--none of them my fault) and I would advise against it as you'll need to add up all of your damage and costs. (repairs to the car, if it's not totalled. Medical bills, lost time at work, emotional distress, towing costs, rental car costs, etc.) Then you can pretty much call them and say, this is what I'll settle for and give them a figure (A reasonable figure of course)

Best of luck man.

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Ouch...unfortunate. Glad to hear you're ok, though.

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Aye ... very sorry :(.

BUT ... glad YOU are OK.....

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DF:

Your V.M. woke me up when my celly started beeping. Sorry to miss

your call, I actually went to bed before midnight for once. Anyway

Glad to hear you're okay. With the milage you had on the prizm just

consider it total loss... it most certainly will be. On the plus side you

guys will be doing some car shopping & there's NO way you can get

more $$$ for a car than a total loss. You always get top dollar from

the insurance company.

The Prizm was hardly a car worth getting upset over since it had

some SERIOUSLY high miles. Better that than the Intrepid. More

importantly you need to make sure you NEVER sign anything saying

you're okay or that the accident did not cause any bodily harm. I

hope you do not wake up tomorrow morning with a severe back

ache but that's a big possibility. Again, your health is WAY more

important than some metal box with four wheels.

Wow... this reminds me so much of my wreck a couple of years ago. Same thing; a truck rear ended me.

Yup, I remember that. It was quite a scarry story.

My eyes are always on the rear view, esp. in the B-59.

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Obviously the most important thing is that you're ok....cars can be replaced. I'm not Ocn either but I did do autobody work for a couple of years. Judging my the extent of the rear damage, a new drivers seat....and any possible frame damage, coupled with the age of the car I was say it's a safe bet it's totalled. Good luck and keep us updated.

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Its totalled. My car is about the same age is yours and it was totalled for a broken headlamp and dented quarter panel.

Sorry to hear about this, man. But I'm glad you're okay!

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I'd recommend another visit to the tow yard to retrieve your belongings before someone "assists" you. That's a common problem when cars are not in your possession while waiting for the insurance company to do their thing. Take everyone's advice and make sure any pains get checked out much sooner than later.

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Well apparently I made the mistake of signing a paper saying I didn't need to go to the hospital. The fireman told me if I needed to go later then to go. This may have been a huge mistake...I dunno...I'VE NEVER TAKEN A CLASS OR WHATEVER TO KNOW I'M NOT SUPPOSED TO SIGN $h!!!!11!

How the f@#k am I supposed to know? I feel fine except the side of my neck is a little sore...just great...

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You'll be fine...tomorrow you might just feel a little pain in some muscles....nothing to worry about. I've been rear ended more than once by idiots....the car is totalled, you'll be fine.

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Everyone keeps saying it's totaled...that makes me very sad :(

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Another though: if it gets claimed as "totaled" won't we end up getting next to nothing for money? We already have like no money...there's no way we could afford a new car.

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They'll give you the book value of the car obviously based on age and mileage. Which won't be a lot.

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You live and learn, you were also probably in shock.

It happens, just take it easy for the next few days.

They'll give you the book value of the car obviously based on age and mileage. Which won't be a lot.

It WILL be more than the car would sell for on the

open market, KBB & NADA are both high, esp.

compared to the realities of resale in New England.

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That happened to me 10 years ago in my 1979 Impala. A Ford F-150 decided to rear end me. My drivers seat looked like yours does. Lucky though the way that car was made I still drove it home. The frame after the left rear door was bent and there was a little kink in the leaft rear wheel well. It came within $12 of being totalled. I would bet yours is totalled. Go to the doctor ASAP!!!!! Make sure about your health. Insurance will pay the doctor bill. I had a bit of a sore neck but otherwise was fine. Did I mention I was standing still and the guy hit me doing about 30 miles an hour?

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Dodgefan, ack. If the damage were all higher than the bumper, there may have been a chance, but looking at the photos, it looks totalled. It hit the bumper, which is attached to the frame rails. First thing I'd do is empty the trunk and look at the trunk floor, and look under the car at the left side frame rail for kinks. Even if it didn't damage a rail, the quarter panel, decklid and rear body panel could be enough to send it over the line.
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Thats terrible, but Im glad your ok. Poor Prizm. :(

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What's the milage on the Prizm? Over 200K IIRC... that's a car that is

totalled very easily. An insurance appraiser will not even bother to

take a close look, if he/she hears "over ten years old, 200K miles" it's

like the kiss of death for a car with rear 1/4 panel damage.

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