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Customs Distracted driver vs. Pontiac Tin Woody.

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by flynbrian48, Aug 19, 2019.

  1. flynbrian48
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    Nitwit in a new F150 4x4 tagged us as we waited for traffic to clear for a left turn on the way home from the “Relix Riot”. Shoved and spun the car across the centerline into oncoming cars. He never touched the brakes. My son is in hospital with a knee injury, the poor girl driving the little car also still in hospital, that guy responsible for the carnage offered to beat me up before he got his ticket. Lesson, get good insurance...


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  2. -Brent-
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    Damn! I read about this in the other thread that wondered if it was you. I hope your son and the girl heal up quickly.

    I can't stand the anger from the guilty party but it is part of human emotion. He likely knows he's wrong... doesn't matter, anyway. The insurance company will straighten it out.

    Just glad to hear you all are still able to talk about it.

    -Brent
     
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  3. flynbrian48
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    The guy did admit to to the cop he was looking at his radio, then said the wagon had no brake lights. The cop told him he knows the car, sees it all time, has followed it, and KNOWS the lights work, and pointed out it has a high 3rd brake light.


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  4. Budget36
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    Radio my ass. Cop should have looked through his cell phone.
    Hope ya'll heal up quick.
     
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  5. pumpman
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    I hate to ask this but do you think this will covered for the restoration?
     
  6. So sorry, Brian. Thoughts and prayers out to your Son and the poor girl in the small car, both innocent victims. Glad the cop was familiar with your car as well...............Don.
     
  7. Sky Six
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    Lawyer up.
    I do hope and pray that the two youngsters get well soon.
     
  8. Squablow
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    Heartbreaker.
     
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  9. Brien, I posted this yesterday after my wife sent me the photo's, I thought the car looked familiar and was praying it wasn't you and your family involved, I later heard my fears were true,.

    https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum...-car-doesnt-belong-to-a-hamber.1161733/page-2

    You and your family are im my thoughts, I also hope the young girl will be OK.

    It breaks my heart to see your wagon destroyed, you wagon helped inspire me when I was building ours. HRP
     
  10. Bandit Billy
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    Thank God you are right man! Carnage is a good word for that mess. At least you were driving something substantial, that ol wagon took some heavy damage while protecting the occupants. 3rd brake lights don't mean crap when people have their heads up their ass!
     
  11. rusty rocket
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    Another one here hoping all is well with the young ones.
    Like said earlier glad u had some metal around you to help protect you.
     
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  12. Jalopy Joker
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    shocking situation to be in - only hope the best for your girl, and other driver, to recover OK - the whole world around you can change in the blink of an eye - Thanks for update
     
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  13. Brian,

    Sorry to hear about the accident and that people are hurt, but glad the injuries aren't serious!

    Years ago, one of the local AACA guys was on a tour with his late 20's-early 30's Packard roadster. Long story short, a truck driver fell asleep at the wheel an rear-ended him at highway speeds, launching him down the road-

    As part of the settlement, a restoration shop went through the car and magnafluxed every part- what could be saved was saved and what couldn't was replaced with factory original pieces (also tested) and the car was completely restored.

    Most importantly, you and your family are safe- make sure you see an orthopedic specialist and get physical therapy (and DON'T say you'll be fine- I'm still going through heck 4 months after getting hit head on by an 18 year who crossed the double yellow trying to make a left in front of me on a 55mph road)!

    After that, the "gentleman" and his insurance company can suck it up and pay for whatever needs to happen to replace your limited production vehicle- don't settle for anything less
     
  14. Brian,
    Truly horrible on multiple levels, prayers to you and your family members for a speedy recovery.

    All,
    How does insurance work with classics? Being that my T-bucket isn't on the road yet, I haven't had to deal with getting it. How do insurance companies decide on how much to pay out, I would imagine they aren't going over to KBB.com to get a value. Thanks in advance.

    Mike
     
  15. woodbutcher
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    :( Damned idiot drivers.We sure have our share of them here.A bunch of pill popping dope smokers
    with no insurance or drivers license.
    Wishing the best for your Son for a quick and complete recovery.Same for the girl in the other car.
    Leo
     
  16. 4wd1936
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    That just blows but it is happening more and more often. Hope the kids heal up quick, we don't want them to miss any school. My guess is you will fix that beauty and it will be better than before.
     
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  17. Could have been his 'radio'... a lot of new cars have those damn touchscreen controls.

    Best wishes to all injured, I'm glad there was nothing more serious. Cars can be replaced.
     
  18. Truck64
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    Generally speaking collector cars and classics need a special policy written by company who deals with collector cars and classics. Grundy is one well known, there are others.
     
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  19. Man, I hate to see this but am also thankful no one got hurt any worse. Praying for your son and the young girl as well as dealing with insurance, etc. going forward.
     
  20. 49ratfink
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    """that guy responsible for the carnage offered to beat me up before he got his ticket. Lesson, get good insurance...""

    a better lesson. always carry a weapon.
     
  21. gigem
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    Tell us why he was mad at you, so we can hate him even more.

    Sorry for the pain and the loss. Hope everyone heals up soon.



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  22. OLDTINPUSHER
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    Looking at the photos I would make sure your LAWYER points this out to the insurance companies:

    Last 2 photos show he hit you high (no downward force, no brakes applied) and on the right (passenger) side of car. Road appears to be single lane so you were probably on the center line waiting to making your left hand turn. You got pushed across center line at an angle (wheels slightly turned to left) to hit oncoming vehicle with your center on her left front.
    I would believe he saw you at the very last second and started to turn wheels as he hit you as evidenced by the damaged on your tailgate. He was to close to get on the brakes, but probably far enough to start turning wheel (hands on the wheels is quicker reaction then moving foot to brake).

    EVERYONE who drives should have one of those recording cameras on the rear view mirror.

    Hope all works out for you and the young folks who were injured.

    PS is that the asshat in photo 3 leaning against his truck?
     
  23. Hombre
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    " guy responsible for the carnage offered to beat me up before he got his ticket"

    It's the way it is today with these clowns. Wonder how much luck this ass hat would have beating us "All" up? Michigan is not that far and hell I'm ready for a road trip anyway. Couldn't imagine that the HAMB couldn't get more than a few hundred guys that feel the same and are willing to travel.

    Hope your son does well and gets over this soon, best wishes to the little lady in the other car as well.
     
  24. 41rodderz
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    Speed in recovery of everyone who was injured. The good Lord blessed you ,alright.
     
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  25. proartguy
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    Brian, from my experience do not settle with insurance too early as back/neck injury may take a while to show up.

    Too many operators think driving is a part time job - text/phone, fool with the “info center”, eat or whatever. One screwup can change someones life.
     
  26. mr.chevrolet
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    lesson to everyone: Do Not Turn Your Wheels while waiting to make a turn.
     
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  27. That really sucks. I am not sure how the laws are where you are, here you cannot make a turn on a solid yellow line. I really hope for you that is not the case. Hope all heal well
     
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  28. This is true of course, but the Pontiac wheels are straight as it hits the other car.
     
  29. rockable
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    So sorry for the damage to your car but I hope that everyone will be ok and heal back to normal.

    I have been rear ended and have had driver pull out in front of me. Both were distracted. The rear ended car (63 Porsche 356) was totaled and my 54 Chevy sustained a lot of front sheet metal damage.

    You are correct. Buy good insurance and put your value on it.
     
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  30. Daaaaang! Glad to hear that injuries are not as bad as they could have been.
    Praying for quick and permanent recoveries.

    What would REALLY piss me off is the asshat's attitude! Where's the remorse?
    He needs his ass handed to him, see if he has a change of heart. Go after the POS.
     

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