Crashed My Van Today - Bad
Posted 23 May 2012 - 07:08 PM
This guy in a sedan ran a stop sign today directly infront of me......and BAM....my drivers side front end is destroyed...
Check out the pictures.....My grill is toast....the drivers side corner is toast... I don't know if the steering gearbox is okay... I have no idea how the i-beams look, or the linkage, but I'm sure it's a mess. I don't speed, I'm an excellent driver..
I guess my question here is: How bad does it look? Fixable? I'll get more details soon. Thanks guys.
Posted 23 May 2012 - 09:59 PM
Do a search on here for a thread by a guy named "Spoti". He did a pretty comprehensive documentation of his resto, including the area smashed on your van.
Posted 23 May 2012 - 10:06 PM
Posted 24 May 2012 - 01:12 AM
To better help you fight any potential insurance hassles I am hoping you were able to get witness statements that he ran the light and possibly even a police report considering he was committing the most grievous traffic violation of all (they should have issued him a citation - in most cities they will as part of their report). That will help you fight them when they try and total the van for less than it's worth, then try and total it for what it's "worth", then try and adjust you out of any real compensation and it's even less than that because they're offering it on a 90%/10% pay-out, etc. If you have to go the route of having your own insurance's collision coverage pay for it and then let the insurance companies fight over it - go for it, if you have the coverage, but be prepared for that to drag on for months. If either that guy's insurance company or your own starts to bully you, immediately write a strongly worded letter, CC'd to all involved parties, to your state AG's insurance commission. That will get a response and a settlement fast. Your worst case scenario, if you are absolutely unhappy with any settlement offered to you, is to sue the driver/driver's insurance company for the estimated or actual repair/replacement amount, but that way likely lays madness. Still, it's an option. You likely all ready know all this, sorry if it's redundant to type it all out. Good luck.
About the guy running the red light... you don't need to read any negativity right now, so I'll simply say that people like that shouldn't be allowed back on the road... nor should they have been on the road in the first place, but that's a different rant for a different day. We have too many bad drivers in this country. He made his mistake, and he shouldn't be allowed to make another one. I'm so sorry some careless jerk-off did this to you and your van, I'm glad you're okay, and I hope your van will be back on the road again soon.
Posted 24 May 2012 - 02:41 PM
good luck and good to hear you are in one piece.
Posted 24 May 2012 - 05:18 PM
Were you thrown clear?
Posted 24 May 2012 - 08:39 PM
Posted 25 May 2012 - 09:13 AM
Posted 25 May 2012 - 07:41 PM
My '79 Ford.
Posted 26 May 2012 - 12:41 AM
just look at this 1938 VW #6 proto type made that has had every single thing imaginable done to the car. including a front engined watercooled motor with a Volga chassis,
after cutting all the non VW parts off, this is what was left. included in this picture is a replacement frame tunnel and fuel tank that were used in the restoration
the same car 1 year later. almost every single part of the car was hand formed. from body to chassis, brake drums etc
need bushings? I am a Prothane dealer
1972 Shorty Slider E100
1974 Dodge B100 Shorty (with a 440 in its future)
& about a dozen others that arent Vans
Self Proclaimed Slot Mag King!!
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Posted 27 May 2012 - 03:53 PM
Your suggestions have all been really helpfull and your comments very much appereciated....... Seriously, thanks.
Posted 27 May 2012 - 03:56 PM
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