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tator 07-28-2014 11:25 PM

Drunk Driver
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Well on the 20th of July, my wife and I were wakened by an extremely loud crash outside our house at 3:15am. Talk about scared out of our minds. We looked out our two story window to find two men had crashed into my pickup truck sitting in my driveway. You see, I live at a "T" junction in the road where two blacktops meet. If you continue across the blacktop from where the "T" is made it forms a "+" in the road (but my driveway is gravel. Well, two early twenties gentlemen decided they wanted to get drunk and drive themselves home. They obviously missed the stop sign at the junction, came up into my driveway and smashed my truck. My truck was facing south and after the collision it was facing directly east. Oh, what was it done by? A chevy impala.... yeah, you tell ME how fast they were going.... Now, my wife and I are dealing with this kid's insurance and turns out he has the minimum coverage.... does it cover all the damage? NOPE. I have no respect for idiots who do crap like this. On, and by the way, my yard is rutted up BIG TIME from where he was gunning in and trying to get away before the law got there.

gfdeputy2 07-29-2014 05:16 AM

WOW!!!:shocking: That Sux Tator
Hope you get it covered without costing you $$$
I think they would be sustaining some injuries before the Law showed up if it were my truck
on the lighter side that Chevy took it a lot better then your Ford "sorry"

BruceBruce1959 07-29-2014 06:47 AM

That sucks big-time..... Tator, if you haven't called yet I would call an attorney and ask them some questions, most attorneys will consult for free, that should be the first question. If the guys who did this were drinking at a bar/restaurant/etc.. ,,, There's an Act called the "Dramshop Act" that holds (in many cases) drinking establishments partly responsible in similar cases. At the very least it is worth looking into to possibly help recover from the damages done. Good Luck

Hunting Man 07-29-2014 08:01 AM

Tator, that is nasty! I would take them to court to get a long term wage garnishment of their wages, if they have a job, or ever in the future. I hope you can get full recovery for your losses. Life throws us so many curve balls that it's a wonder any of us keep our sanity. Good luck!!

kemster99 07-29-2014 09:48 AM

Tator, that stuff will buff out... be good to go. Seriously, that sucks man.

Scorpion8 07-29-2014 10:29 AM

Oooooooo, that sucks. Hopefully as they were trying to spin out and rush off you released the air in their tires with small amounts of directly-applied high velocity lead.

tator 07-30-2014 12:24 AM

Well the trucks in the shop getting fixed. Total damage was around $10,500 so we weren't near the 80% mark to make it totaled. I love my truck and I'm glad to have it back, but I want it fixed right. Plus, this guy's insurance is jerking us around by taking their time and dragging their feet. Everytime I talk to them they are wanting my wife and I do do something for them and I refuse. My biggest fear is that I will get the truck back and 10,000 miles later I have something major go wrong with it. The other thing I am going to be getting out of them is deminished value. Since the truck has now been "wrecked" it is no longer worth as much as it should be, or ever will be.
If any of you are thinking about buying insurance or currently have Farmer's Insurance (that's the name of the insurance co) I would HIGHLY discourage you from getting/keeping it. They are HORRIBLE to work with and they will screw you around big time. Me being the victim here, had to call THEM first. Yeah. They had all my contact information from this kid's dad (who is actually responsible) already. Waited and waited and waited, no phone call. The icing on the cake was that I got a phone call from some kid at Farmer's last Thursday morning (4 days after the wreck) at 7am in the morning (yes, this was my ONE day that week to sleep in) telling me that after looking at the case and going over my "side of the story" he had came to the conclusion that I am not liable for any of the damages. I had to contain myself. I just about lost it. I simply hung up on him.
I'll keep you all posted. I'm not happy about the situation and neither is my wife. In fact, she's frustrated to her extent. When the first adjuster from Farmer's came out to look at the truck, he was about as arrogant as could be. I kept my cool until we started talking about a rental vehicle for me to have while my truck is being fixed. He said, and I quote "Oh we'll fix you up with a real nice 4 door sedan car". My response: "Umm, NO, this drunk kid that you all insure smashed my 4 door quad cab pickup truck, therefore, I want a quad cab pickup for a rental and NOTHING ELSE". What did I get in return, a smile and slight laugh saying "yeah ok". My wife had to do the "hand on the shoulder" thing..... Talk about frustrating as can be. We have spent HOURS on the phone, hours cleaning up the yard mess, hours talking with our insurance group, and hours with adjusters which will be time lost on our part, i just know. SO the moral of the story? Go get drunk and have the smallest policy possible and crash into someone's truck and you will get away scot-free.

P.S. When I called Farmers for the first time (that monday after the wreck happened) I was describing the whole situation to him about what happened. When I told him about the part of the kid backing up and making ruts in my yard and how he was trying to flee the scene, the guy said, (AND THIS IS NO LIE) "That's understandable."

gfdeputy2 07-30-2014 05:09 AM

I have had Liberty Mutual for years & have no issues with them
got in one accident bro-inlaw backed into my car called my insurance to let them know ask me to get an estimate which they paid then delt with my bro-inlaws insurance. This is usually how it works don't know why you have to deal with this it should be between your insurance companies to deal with

Scorpion8 07-30-2014 01:02 PM

Is this the same Farmer's Insurance that you see bombarding the TV with ads? The old guy who walks around and tells the "new" agents annecdotes and such?

I have USAA. I'll leave them when they toss the final shovel of dirt on my cold, dead, lifeless body.

Hunting Man 07-30-2014 02:19 PM

Insurance company hassles are an art form which is part of the agent's training. Hopefully Tator you get a truck back that looks and performs like it was. Stand your ground and get a full settlement. Good Luck!!

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