So this happened on Easter. Driving home from my wifeís grandmotherís house. My 7 year old daughter in the back seat. A tour bus in the left lane decided to change lanes into the right lane where my car was. I was slightly ahead of him and he clipped the rear side of my car on or just behind the left rear door. He must not have known he was hitting me because he just kept merging over after the initial contact. My car spun around and ended up in front of the bus, essentially t-boning my car and pushing me down the road about a half a block and through an intersection. Eventually my car slipped off the front of his bus and hit a light pole in the median. Bus driver admitted to the cop that he didnít check his mirrors for his blind spot before changing lanes. He was cooperative at the scene, but seems to have lawyered up or something because now heís not talking to give a statement to anyone. Iím guessing heís trying to protect his insurance coverage and/or his CDL. No citations were issued that Iím aware of, but I donít have the final accident report yet.
My daughter and I were shaken but unhurt. Not even a bump, bruise or scratch. No airbag deployment. Iím guessing weíd might have had some injuries from those if they did go off. We both walked away and weíre doing fine. Wasnít even sore afterward. Domo arigato gozaimas to the engineers at Mazda for making a safe car!
On Wednesday, my insurance declared the car a total loss. Initial body shop estimate was over $13,000 and they figured it could easily go up substantially more once they started getting into the work, so they wrote it off. They gave me $17,500-ish for it with 27k miles on the clock of my 2016 Touring AWD with the Bose/moonroof package and all-weather floor mats. No allowance was given for the interior Simoniz treatment.
I donít know if itís worth talking to a lawyer of my own at this point or not. At the moment, I donít have all the info yet. Still need the accident report. But I donít particularly like being stuck with the deductible on this plus the 2 days off work Iíve had to take and other disruptions all this hassle has caused. Chasing paperwork for insurance and my lien holder, filing gap coverage claims, getting and dropping off the rental car, trip to the tow lot to retrieve personal items from the car, car shopping and all the expenses incurred from having to get another car quickly and unexpectedly that arenít covered by the insurance company. Basically itís a bunch of bull crap I donít really enjoy dealing with because of his careless driving.
So I went shopping for a new car and yesterday I took home a 2018 Mazda 6 GT in Machine Grey Metallic. Pretty nice upgrade, for sure, but it wasnít something I was even considering. I guess my Dad is somewhat to blame here. He asked me earlier that day what my next car is gonna be. He jinxed me! LOL!