Since so many people seem to have missed all of the communications via facebook (well, I can’t blame them, I spend less time there every time they make an “improvement”), I guess I should give in and post something to my usually-so-professional blog, explaining a bit about what happened to my beautiful truck, which I’d put so much work into.
Two weeks ago - 08:43 on Saturday, May 1st, 2010 - I was involved in a “bit” of an accident with my truck while driving down to my dad’s place in Hunterdon county. I was on 208 Northbound in Franklin Lakes right across from the Colonial Rd intersection (maybe 8 minutes from home?), early in the morning. I really don’t have any desire to tell the whole detailed story again, but bottom like: there were three geese crossing the highway, and someone got the brilliant idea to rapidly decelerate from 60 MPH to allow the birds to safely cross. I still can’t provide for the account of where every vehicle on the road went, but there was a half-second of various drivers making evasive maneuvers, me jamming on the brake and horn, and my truck having a fast introduction to the ass-end of a box truck.
Luckily nobody was injured, though I did have neck pain for a day or two after. The guy who decided to stop/cut left (in front of the box truck) drove happily off into the sunrise, the guy in a blacked out SUV who had been between the box truck and my vehicle (obscuring most of the truck from my view) also, as far as I know, departed. Once I got the airbags out of my way and the door kicked open, my former vehicle was on its way to the body shop.
I must say, while I had an absolutely horrendous experience with geico when this same vehicle was stolen a year and a half ago, they were actually pretty good this time around. The accident happened on a Sunday, I took Monday off of work to get a rental car and deal with the claim (yeah, it turns out my policy didn’t have the rental coverage, much to my surprise…) and the claims agent came out Tuesday (less than 48 hours after the accident) to make an estimate. He totaled the truck - the motor was even broken loose of all of the mounts - and I had a check in my hand (minus the balance of the financing) 12 days after the accident. So… my experience with Geico this time around was much better. I guess as long as there’s a vehicle for them to look at, they’re happy. Though I’m switching to Progressive for the next vehicle.
So, that’s the story. Assuming Enterprise car rental is playing nice, I’ll be picking up the truck I just bought tomorrow morning.