When I first got out the car didn't look bad at all. The gas door was opened and it looked like the bumper was popped out of place, but nothing major. But I was wrong. On the outside it's not much, but here's all the damages that we've discovered so far:
- The bumper rubs against the tire
- the passenger side back door won't open because the car is too smushed together.
- The Radiator was knocked out of place and vibrates on the engine, which the cop (so super nice, by the way!) informed us would be enough reason not to drive our car even to the shop.
- The other back door won't shut unless you really slam it.
- The "door ajar" light is always on
- The automatic lock makes noise like it's trying to work, but the doors won't really lock (better than not unlocking, right?)
- Brayden's car seat (which we now need to replace) was totally jammed up into the front seat because the car is literally squished together even though you can't tell from pictures.
- The little storage compartment popped out of it's socket
|Doesn't look bad, right?|
|bumper rubbing tire|
|the engine. . . I honestly don't know where the radiator is. . . :D|
|The door is jammed so it won't open|
|Brayden's car seat pushed up against the front seat. I had to move the seat all the way forward to get the car seat out.|
|Our lovely storage bin came out yet again. . . :(|
|Yes, everything is "closed tightly"|
|the biggest denting that happened. Not too much as far as that goes, but the other things are evidence of the impact.|
So, it really doesn't look like much, but the cop said that he wouldn't be surprised if they call it totaled.
Good news? Other than being shaken up both literally and figuratively, we all seem to be fine. It's hard to know with Brayden and Sadie because they can't talk to us. But, Brayden didn't have a concussion and has been up to his normal mischief :)
I should also mention how grateful we were that everyone involved was very pleasant to work with. The lady took full responsibility and felt So awful. You could just see her worry all over her. And she apologized over and over and assured us her insurance would take care of everything. The other guy that we hit was very down to earth and made sure we all shared info and was also nice. The cop was probably the most friendly cop I've ever met and was equally nice to everyone involved, including the lady who caused it. He followed us home to make sure our car made it and told us several of his cops live in our neighborhood. We know of at least 4, but he said there were 6-8 in our tiny neighborhood!! He assured us that there's "not a safer place to live in Leon county." That always makes you feel good. Especially when you have a car that won't lock :) Anyway, now I'm kinda babbling, but it's making me feel better, so I hope it's not too boring.
The main update is that WE are fine. Our car not so fine, but we haven't gotten it in to get an estimate yet. Still waiting on insurance to call us back. . .
Thanks for your love and prayers! I'm sure they helped protect us yesterday! It was one hard hit!