She Hit My Car!
by Marilyn Mackenzie
I had a doctor's appointment at 1 p.m. Afterwards, as I was walking on the sidewalk getting close to where my car was parked, I heard and elderly woman say, "I think she hit that car."
Her male companion, probably her husband, said, "Yes, she did. She hit that car!"
I looked over and the only vehicle I saw moving was in the parking space next to mine. It was a big, black Ford F150 pickup truck. With big tires.
Bodly, I walked to the driver's side of the truck. "Did you hit that car?" I asked.
"Is it yours?" she questioned.
"I might have." (Might have??????? Who hits a car and says, "I might have.")
"Well, let's go look at the damage together." (I didn't know if there was damage at that point. But if the elderly couple saw and heard this big truck hitting my car, I figured there would be some.)
"But I have to get this truck parked. I'm having trouble parking." (Well, duh...)
She parked and got out, then admitted that she "must have" hit my car. Seeing the broken light on the front and broken mirror on the driver's side was probably a clue.
Jamie - that was her first name - told me that she "couldn't drive this big truck." I asked why, if she knew she couldn't drive it, was she DRIVING THE DOGGONE THING! She explained that she needed to get to the doctor's office. That she was in a hurry. That the truck was the only vehicle available at that time.
Well, cool. She knew she couldn't drive the truck. She was in a hurry. She was stressed. She needed to see a doc for something. And I benefited from all of that. Just great.
She went into the doctor's office and I tried calling her insurance company...but my cell phone wouldn't work. Figured.
I drove the car home, then called my own insurance company, then hers.
This all happened at about 2 p.m. I talked with my company about 2:30 and to hers about 3 p.m. Her insurance company had just given the "incident" a claim number but had not yet gotten a statement from her, so they would not talk to me. They did take my name and number. And I did get the name of the claim adjuster who was assigned to our "incident." (Their term.)
Guess what. The adjuster assigned works 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. She never was able to talk to her client before she had to leave for the day. So I have to wait until tomorrow to talk with her insurance company. Figures.
Here's how my car looked on February 28, 2008.
Here's the damage done today.
Did you see the scratch? It's a gouge on both the front and rear door.
Okay. It doesn't look like lots of damage. But I know - from having had this car hit before - that what looks like not much damage can cost a bunch.
I have no idea how this woman damaged the entire side of my car - from front to rear. But the back bumper shows signs of being hit, the front and rear doors are gouged, the mirror is broken and the front bumper will probably need replaced. How did she do this?
She was trying to pull into a parking space. I was in the middle of my own space, with at least 12 inches between my car and the yellow line.
Can you figure out how she did this????