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bashed -- again!

Discussion in 'Roadster' started by tonybelding, Sep 2, 2016.

  1. tonybelding

    tonybelding Active Member

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    Time to leave the parking lot at a convenience store. Stopped, waiting for the car ahead to go. Suddenly I realize the car ahead is backing up on me!! I scramble to hit reverse and try to get my car moving away, and I reach for the horn, but there's not enough time.

    The Roadster's nose went under the bumper of the Nissan Pathfinder. Damage would have been minimal if not for the tailpipe, as you can see.

    The other driver seemed confused. She seemed to think we were both moving forward, and that she suddenly stopped, and then I ran into her. When asked who was at fault, she blamed the car in front of her. I never saw any car in front of her, and couldn't imagine what any such car might have done to make her back up on me.

    Her passenger had a better explanation. He said, "We backed up because we forgot to get chips in the store."

    We exchanged insurance info. I didn't discover until later that her policy expired in May.

    This is my Roadster's second accident. The first time I backed into someone, and it was my fault. Karma?
     
  2. MileHighMotoring

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    Argh, sorry to see this. What a bummer. How's your insurance going to handle it?

    Yet another reason for states that automatically revoke plates without insurance. She would have, at a minimum, known her insurance was expired, and had gotten notice from the state that her plates were invalid until she proved current coverage.
     
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  4. Festerfeet

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    That's an expensive bag of chips
     
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  5. supersnoop

    supersnoop Tesla Roadster #334

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    The lady who ran into me had an expired card, but her insurance was still in effect. Be sure you call to file a claim with the other party's insurance. If it's actually lapsed, your un/under-insured coverage will take care of it without counting against you.
     
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  6. MileHighMotoring

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    Depends on the state and your coverage. In Colorado, if you get Collision and Comprehensive, you can't also buy Uninsured Motorist coverage, so your standard deductible would apply in this case (whether it be $500 or $2,000) which you would need to sue for (ugh). Fingers crossed her insurance policy is still in effect.
     
  7. anthony

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    Still postponing getting a dash cam, this may be the final straw, hope you have an impartial witness or security cam.

    if only the path finder didn't have a tail pipe, you could have probably buffed it out.
     
  8. hanl1

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    Another good reason we should all drive electric vehicles! :)
     
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  9. strider

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    This has happened to me twice. Once at a stoplight when the person in front of me stopped in the crosswalk, realized someone wanted to cross, threw it in reverse and backed into me. The other was downtown with angled parking on either side. We were stopped at a red light. Someone parked in a spot next to the person in front of me put their reverse lights on. The person in front of me decided they wanted that spot, threw it in reverse, and backed into me.

    Both were cars but the fact of the matter is that the Roadster is low and it's hard to see if you don't have a backup camera - it's even worse if they're driving an SUV that is taller. I have thought about adding one of those little orange flags that the recumbent bicycles use :p
     
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  10. Habious

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    Dashcam...dashcam...dashcam!

    I bought a well-reviewed one from Amazon for like $75...and installed it onto the rearview mirror (a custom mount a friend and I worked out).

    The cam is practically invisible when you're driving but, it's always there, always recording.

    Cheap, cheap insurance.
     
  11. hcsharp

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    Sorry for your loss Tony. I hope you can get it repaired without too much trouble.

    Someone backed into me about a week ago. Fortunately there was no damage that we could see. Thanks to paint armor. It was a careless guy in a minivan and there was a car behind me - nowhere to go. I was looking for the horn but by the time I found it he had already hit me. The whole experience gave me a queezy feeling in my stomach for the rest of the day.
     
  12. Rolf68

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    Sad story :(

    That's exactly the reason why the very first thing I added to my car is a dual Blackvue dashcam. Would be an unvaluable help in such case. Luckily I didn't need it until now,
     
  13. stevejust

    stevejust Pati ≡nc ≡

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    It's not so much Karma as much as it is Texas. I've never lived anywhere with worse drivers than Texas in general, and Dallas in particular.

    Also, if you get the Roadster fixed in time, are you headed to this?
     
  14. tonybelding

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    Finally got my car back from the shop yesterday. It took longer than it should since they apparently received a 1.5 front end first, then had to re-order the correct part.

    I called them yesterday morning to make sure it would be ready, and I mentioned that it should be fully charged when I get it, since I had about 130 miles to go back home. "Yes of course, of course!" was the reply.

    So, halfway to Austin my phone rings. . . "Uh, are you already on the way here? We have your car ready, but it's not charged up."

    I knew it! I knew that somehow they would flub this simple task, even though I sent the mobile charging cable along with the car.

    When I left the body shop there were 79 "ideal" miles on the display in standard mode. Obviously I would be making a long stop somewhere on the way back home. I came to rest in Bee Cave, Texas, the official West Pole of Earth (as per the Texas Legislature). The ChargePoint in front of Whole Foods was free to use, but it was only 30 Amps. So, I spent four hours wandering about on foot, exploring the area, taking photos, getting something to eat, and reading in the public library. Finally got home at 11 PM with 22 "ideal" miles to spare in standard mode.

    It's a relief to have it back.

    Incidentally, they were having very strange weather in Austin: sunny, cool and pleasant, but with flurries of butterflies. They were migrating, and it was almost like a butterfly storm.
     
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  15. brucet999

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    Are you sure those weren't bats wearing brightly colored costumes? :)
     
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  16. DaveD

    DaveD EVs Kick Gas!

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    It's good to hear that it's back on the road, with you in the drivers seat!
     
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    You gotta get OVMS!
     
  18. hcsharp

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    Austin SC has gotta get a CAN SR like many other service centers have! <end shameless plug>
     
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  19. supersnoop

    supersnoop Tesla Roadster #334

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    They seemed to like mine when they had my car last week.
     
  20. hcsharp

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    Then why didn't the boneheads charge your car? One of life's mysteries I guess.
     

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