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  •  So glad you were both safe! (3+ / 0-)

    Modern cars are generally pretty well built to protect us (a  beneficial result of regulation and consumer protection agencies, those banes of the far right.) Glad they did their job for you and Leaves!

    My husband was giving our cousin a ride to chemotherapy a few years ago and was stopped in traffic on curve merging from one freeway to another. A dimwit in a big SUV came around curve fast and slammed so hard into his brand-new car that the front end was smashed into the car in front. Dimwit claimed my husband had backed into her; luckily there were plenty of witnesses and evidence to contrary. Even more fortunate, neither my husband nor our cousin was injured beyond being shaken up, and her chemo port was undamaged. The car had some $15K worth of damage but was drivable and they were able to repair it completely, though it took quite a while.

    The accident made my husband very mindful of the hazards of driving, even when you are an extremely careful driver. He was actually relieved when my ancient Geo Prizm (the old clone of the Toyota Corolla) was totaled in office parking lot - minimal damage but more than the car's value - because I bought a new Prius plug-in hybrid, much safer and even more efficient. (Another dimwit - "Oh, I'm so sorry, I should have looked before I backed up into your car!" that was sitting there waiting to turn out of the aisle to leave. Seems to be an endless supply of dimwits.)

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