That's what my morning sounded like yesterday when, while heading over to the new house to do some painting, a distracted driver failed to check traffic and t-boned me, spinning me almost 180*, just missing oncoming traffic, and nearly into the roadside ditch.  Joy.

I'm okay and Baby Reyna is okay except for being a little shaken up and achy today.  My 4Runner will unfortunately probably be totaled, which really sucks because insurance companies never want to give fair compensation to adequately replace the totaled one with a comparable year/make/model.  The most important thing is there weren't any injuries and it wasn't my fault.  I hope I don't have a fight on my hands in order to fairly replace my ride.  I'll fight if I have to, though.

The real kicker is that we just put over $5,000 into my 4Runner so I could keep it up and running for the next 5+ years (at least).  Rebuilt engine, new transmission, new A/C, new starter, and I really, really, really don't want this car totaled out.  I love this car.  And if they do total it, well, comparable vehicles in Houston are selling for about $5,000, so that's what I'll fight for.

To add insult to injury, I didn't get any painting done yesterday.  Grrrrrrr.


  1. Jess, be sure that when you talk to the insurance company for the guy who hit you, that you tell them about the work you had done. Have your receipts ready. I just went through this myself. Got rear ended at a red light by a distracted driver going 35 mph. My Santa Fe protected me but she was a goner. Let me know if you have any questions of a legal nature, since we know several attorneys and Todd is not unfamiliar with the laws after my incident.

  2. Thanks, Lisa. I'll make sure to call you if/when I inevitably run into any resistance from the insurance company. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they don't total it out and I won't have to worry about fighting anything.


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