Whiplash (!!!!)

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  1. shadowfax macrumors 603

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    this weekend i drove from Norman, Oklahoma, to Little Rock, Arkansas for my friend's 50th birthday. it was about a 5.5 hour ride, not too bad as they go. got some cool pictures on the way back (while i was driving... disregard that). anyways, after the party, i was going to gas up my car with my mom. we were going down Chenal Parkway, if any of you know where that is. anyway, we come to Markham street, and the light turns yellow. i get this, damn, i shouldn't run this, feeling (no doubt amplified by my mother's presence), and brake pretty fast. i didn't really specifically glance into the rear view mirror, but didn't see anything there as i stopped. all of a sudden, i hear this screech, a "WHUMP," my mom's scream, and the sound of my head agains the back of my seat. and then i was out in the middle of the intersection.

    i got smacked by a 22-y-o girl in a 2003 mustang! she and her boyfriend were actually pretty nice about it, all the more so because if we bill this to their insurance company they will more than likely lose the car... anyways, i got pics of my baby with her sagging bumper :(
     

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  2. shadowfax thread starter macrumors 603

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    the other one... apple sticker and all. there's not any body damage other than a small dent on the left side from compression. the bumper is going to need some serious work though. i'm going to try and bring it in tomorrow or tuesday, school permitting.
     

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  3. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    Glad that you weren't hurt seriously. Hopefully, everything will turn out right. She should be nailed to the wall for not being aware while driving--it's too common these days.
     
  4. shadowfax thread starter macrumors 603

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    i dunno about nailed to the wall. she was very sorry, and while i definitely know it was her fault, i stopped really fast, much, much faster than i would have if i had known someone was anywhere behind me. but seriously, i had just driven a mile with just darkness behind me. i don't know where the hell she came from.

    one thing i will say, though, is that i am never stopping on yellow again. my neck is really bothering me right now...
     
  5. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    I'm sure I should be nicer, but leaving school twice this year, I've been hit by someone not paying attention.

    Well, disobeying the law isn't going to help either. Keep your guard up though.
     
  6. shadowfax thread starter macrumors 603

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    yeah, i know what you mean about not paying attention. i cringe when i see people driving with cell phones in hand. i don't mind slightly reckless driving, usually, because my experience has usually been that people who drive with confidence drive well. it's people that, as you say, are changing their clothes or something while driving that are scary.

    on a lighter note, i took my now 50 year old friend's Mercedes 560SL out this weekend.... that was frickin' awesome. it may be 20 years old and need some work, but that thing corners just as well as any sports car i have been in. goooood times :)
     
  7. MrMacMan macrumors 604

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    Ouch, luckily you weren't hurt that baddly.

    Hope the car and you get better!
     
  8. shadowfax thread starter macrumors 603

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    thanks man, i think it will turn out ok... i'll post an update after i get the estimate and what not :)
     
  9. cb911 macrumors 601

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    don't you just hate drivers like that? :mad: all i can say is that if i was in your situation i'd be pissed as hell.

    i was just driving home this arvo and i was passing a car when they decided to try and 'merge' with me. crazy! i was right beside them and they came about 10cm from my car. luckily they saw me in time, so i just put my foot down and got out of there. that's one reason i usually go a bit faster than the rest of the traffic - to stay ahead of the crap drivers. :mad:

    oh yeah, hope your neck isn't too serious. :) and the car. ;)
     
  10. eyelikeart Moderator emeritus

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    ah...man...that's not fun at all... :(

    I got into an accident 4 years ago, and got neck injury from it. I didn't feel it until over a week after the accident, and ended up doing 6 months of physical therapy. I sought out the help of a lawyer to handle the case, and came out pretty good in the long run.

    If u guys aren't going thru insurance companies, be very careful. ;)
     
  11. G4scott macrumors 68020

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    stupid people suck, and shouldn't drive... That's all I'll say. I've seen way too many accidents hit close to home, and just have to say that stupid people should not drive
     
  12. Wardofsky macrumors 65816

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    I got hit once by a big Jeep or Hummer, or something.
    I suppose that's why I've never been a fan of SUVs, they're safe... but only for the person inside them.
    I wasn't driving, my grandad was.

    Besides my vendetta against huge cars, I came out with not a single scratch, the car however was rendered useless.
     
  13. wrc fan macrumors 65816

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    My friend's brand new WRX just got rear-ended a couple weeks ago. I was surprised at how little damage there actually was. The thing is, even with that little amount of damage, the whole bumper still needs to be replaced, so the repair is gonna be around $600.

    just if you care, you can see the pics of the damage:

    this is the inner part of the bumber where the license plate goes. The car is so new he doesn't have plates yet. The picture should've been rotated, but my friend is lazy and didn't do it. As for the damage, the line inside of the trianglish shaped area from that angle, isn't supposed to be there.

    this is just right of the license plate box
     
  14. shadowfax thread starter macrumors 603

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    well, guys, as an update, the insurance company estimated the repairs at $1469 damage about a week ago, and i finally got it into a shop that my family knows pretty well, on monday. today, we were informed that the damage was much more extensive than previously thought, and it's going to actually cost $3000 to fix; my car won't be finished till friday the 24th of October :(

    at least it's not on my bill, but gosh! this did $165 damage to the girl's Mustang.
     
  15. Kwyjibo macrumors 68040

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    sorry about the accident hope u feel better ...

    this brings me to one of my old standards...girls should not be able to drive for the most part. highly controversial thing but i've met very few good girl drivers.... this is just my experience.....Or they should atleast wait until they are older 18 or 21 maybe even older.... but not 16 too much going on for them

    1. a girl in my pre-calc class explained that when she went for her driving test .... the guy told her she failed and she started crying... he fidgeted with the points and she ended up passing...

    2. I can't count how many stories i've heard, probably one a week , that end in "And I didn't even remember that I was driving"

    3. I've heard people use their horns countless times when I call a girl whos driving....

    4. My little sister drives ... not only does she not know how to use the brake... she doesn't know when or how to speed well or how to be really alert

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  16. shadowfax thread starter macrumors 603

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    wow, that's not a sexist comment at all. prepare to take fire from competent, self respecting girls...

    seriously, i don't think incompetence as a driver is really that specific to girls. it's a product of stupidity and incompetence, and males are just as subject to this problem...
     
  17. Kwyjibo macrumors 68040

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    I don't really have to take any shots from anyone ... just because something is sexist doesn't mean it wrong... by saying girl I imply those from 16-21ish....
     
  18. iJon macrumors 604

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    yeah but when i see people doing stupid things on the road its usually a girl driving. i also have an ex girlfriend and many other friends of the female gender to prove it, haha

    iJon
     
  19. shadowfax thread starter macrumors 603

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    a) i wasn't shooting you
    b) i can say what i want

    you're right though, being sexist isn't automatically wrong, but i disagree with you in this case. i have seen plenty of idiot guys in that age range. statistically, they are involved in a lot more wrecks, as counterintuitive as that is to me and obviously you.
     
  20. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    I'd say it's pretty even, in that age range, but there are different styles.

    The girl generally isn't paying attention, like the one who hit me "oh, I couldn't tell you what just happened."

    Guys usually think they're driving well but they're over the line or changing lanes far too close to another car, far too quickly. Overestimation is typical.

    However, I'm more afraid of the 30-ish married person with two kids in the SUV and the telephone stuck to their ear who isn't paying attention to driving, the phone, or the kids. :eek:
     
  21. cb911 macrumors 601

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    i agree most girl (young drivers) aren't too good... but there are heaps of stupid guys on the roads as well.

    a friend of mine (18 years old) rear-ended someone about a month 1/2 ago. then when he got his car fixed someone rearended him... i guess it just has to do with your whole attitude to driving.

    i always get annoyed when i'm behind a car on the highway that's doing about 100 when it's a 110 limit (km/h). i say they should license people according to their car skill and control... and they should have faster lanes for higher licensed drivers.
     
  22. iJon macrumors 604

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    i agree completly. but most of times i am behind someone driving slow it is places i should be driving slow. and the places where i drive extremly fast there is always a 2 or more lanes. im still waiting for my first speeding ticket in this car.

    iJon
     
  23. cubist macrumors 68020

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    My wife's been rear-ended twice by woman and hit once in a parking lot (while parked) by a man. In one of the rear-ending cases, the cost of the damage was surprisingly high. I think the "crumple zone" design of cars these days does reduce passenger injuries, but leads to higher costs for body damage.

    I've known several teenage girls that got into costly accidents for basically foolish behavior. I think this may be a gender-specific thing: they're less likely to take the physics of the driving situation seriously. But I don't know if teenagers of either gender have much thinking capacity anyway, drowning as they are in hormones.
     
  24. Durandal7 macrumors 68040

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    I would say that stupidity is about even in that age bracket between genders. Luckily the most serious accident I have been in involved an idiot on a cell phone rolling into me at 5 MPH, but I have had the pleasure of witnessing two accident this last week.

    A car driven by a 17-ish year old guy is tailgating a postal truck on it's route. The postal truck signals that is pulling over and stopping and the car smacks right into the postal truck. That provided for some entertainment.

    A car driven by a 20-ish year old girl pulls out of a parking space at about 20 MPH. She proceeds to shift without coming to a full stop, eliciting a loud screech from her transmission. She then accelerates back up to about 40 MPH and slams into a parked van. She barely missed me, as I was on foot it was better the parked van then me.
     
  25. Codemonkey macrumors 6502

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    Those Civics...

    Sorry 'bout your ride man - I can sympathize. We got bumped by a big white van a couple years back in our '98 Civic EX and even though it was just a scratch I'm a stickler when it comes to painting cars: I made them remove the bumper, paint it, and reassemble it. :p

    Heh. Whatever. The guy was driving a company vehicle, not covered by the insurance. I could have got an engine swap and Sparco seats and he would have still smiled as he handed me the cheque to cover my ... troubles... :p

    But I digress...

    The same car I backed into a power pole with in the winter and the whole rear bumper snapped like a frozen fruit roll-up (just putting the car into reverse and coasting backward... I hadn't bothered scraping the back window - lazy mistake). Civic bumpers are fickle, delicate wastes of money.

    There are much, much more costly "entry level" sedans to repair though. Ask Ford owners who got into fender benders in their Focus' and Escorts ... we got a deal.
     

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