I woke up and it seemed like it was going to be just like any other day. The weather was changing dramatically as it does in this Indiana climate. Travis on his way out the door said to me probably three times to be careful. He knows how treacherous that hour commute can be for me at times. So I load up the kid and get on out to take him to the sitter. At my final four way stop I look up and see this pick up truck in the opposite direction stopped. This usually means two things - there's a deer in the road, or there's a downed tree in the road. It was a tree, a big tree, and compounded with the wet roads I had no way of avoiding it. My little Neon slammed right into that monster and was hung on top of it. I could not move my car forward or backward off of it. My driver's side headlight is smashed and in pieces on the road. I get out to asses the damages and the driver in the pick up says "I tried to let you know..." You know living way out in the country like we do, you can't see anything in the dark sometimes until it is right up on you. I saw him first the tree second. The man was very nice and was offerring to jack up the car. I tell him thank you and decide to call the police instead. He was nice enough to take Ethan on down to the sitter who was less than a quarter of a mile from where I was stuck. As I wait, and wait the police come. He takes my driver's license and registration, and asks me my insurance's company name and phone number. I just keep praying as my hands freeze to death that it isn't like the last time.
Two years ago we had some freezing fog and I slid into a three foot drainage ditch. It cause $3,000 worth of damage and we had to pay for about half. I seriously, seriously did not want to have go through that again.
The officer calls the county out and they have to use a chain saw to hack through the branches that are stuck under my car but are still attached to the trunk of the tree. Then I wait for the tow truck. I swear not be rude or politically incorrect but WTF do they get these guys from? Are they bottom feeding in the pond of life and God just swoops them up to be these crooked jerks that cannot for the life of them find pants that don't show off their nasty rears when they bend over??? Yeah I got a great view. Then he tried to charge me $90, yes $90 dollars just to jack the car up. That is all that needed done - jack it up and pull out the rest of the branches. I told him he was out of his ever lovin mind. Then he gets on his cell and tells me $75. I am so late for work it isn't even funny so I just say okay and write the bottomfeeder a check. You know I had to have this same car towed from my house - 15 miles outside of town for $45, and he was cute! Pants were up and everything. The car actually got on the truck and he drove me in with it. Needless to say this company won't be getting anymore of my business.
Travis is of course frantic for me and whether or not the car is severly damaged. He came out briefly to check and kept telling me to check for fluids underneath. I kept telling him I didn't really think there were any to be worried about. Then he kept asking me how fast I was going. I finally said "Travis I was a four way stop before coming up on this I couldn't have been going that fast! How the heck should I know!"
All in all I think the car is okay. I priced the head lamp and I am looking at about $150. Being so close to Christmas I will probably drive with one for a while. How about any one else? Any accidents, or nasty cracks you want to share?