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  •  Glad to hear everyone's okay (7+ / 0-)

    Reminds me of the accident we got into on Hwy. 1 coming back from San Luis Obispo after my nephew's wedding. Mr. Scribe decided he wanted to drive the coast road instead of 101 because he'd never been on 1 south of Big Sur. (After driving it he decided he doesn't want to drive it again unless it's northbound; some very steep sections right next to the water going south which made him just a bit nervous; he does have occasional issues with situational acrophobia.) We were approaching the turnoff for the Esalen Institute when we had to stop for a car that was waiting to turn left into the center's driveway; Mr. Scribe hit the brakes and swerved slightly to the right to avoid hitting the car. Like you, we stopped a short distance from the rear bumper, but could not get past on the right to continue our trip (we were already almost off the pavement). Unfortunately, a car going much faster than we had been came up behind us and rear-ended us; we were far enough to the right that we only grazed the bumper of the car in front of us, but we took a lot of damage.

    Unfortunately, we did end up with a citation because Mr. Scribe had forgotten to put our proof of insurance in the car after we renewed our declaration...but we were able to clear that up with a return trip to Monterey County and a $25 fine. And we just had to pay the $500 deductible for the repairs (we also had rental car replacement) which was refunded when AAA got reimbursement from the insurer of the person behind us (who was found to be at fault thanks to my former professional driver spouse's evasive actions). And as we reached San Jose we got a call from his mother who was going to the hospital due to illness, so after a quick stop at Denny's near the airport we headed straight up to Stanford Hospital, finally returning home sometime after midnight making what should have been a 4 hour trip closer to 14.

    Auto insurance is a PITA, but definitely comes in handy when you've got folks on the road who seem to have gotten their licenses out of a Cracker Jack box.

    There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

    by Cali Scribe on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 09:33:44 AM PDT

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