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Car Crash

Car Crash

Date: Sep 09 2004


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Have you ever been in a car crash? If so, I hope it wasn’t too serious. Unlike the picture, my car crash was pretty minor. Now, I’m in the middle of getting repairs. Read on for a description of what happened.


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Steph:  So, I have to go to the mechanic tomorrow.

John:  Why?

Steph:  ‘Cause I got into a car crash two nights ago.

John:  Oh my god! Are you OK?

Steph:  I’m totally OK.

John:  What happened?

Steph:  I was just driving down the road and this girl decided she was going to get into my lane. So, she crashed into me. I was like, ya know, “you dumb person.”

John:  So, was she, you were driving down a one-way and she just kinda came into your lane.

Steph:  It was a two-lane road. So, um, and she got into my lane. She had just bought the car two days beforehand. And, uh, she just kind of scuffed my car. My car is totally fine. It just needs a few minor repairs.

John:  So, was she heading the opposite direction as you?

Steph:  No, we were going in the same direction.

John:  Oh, OK.

Steph:  Yeah. So, now we’re getting estimates done at the mechanic and, uh, talking to the insurance agencies.

John:  So, who’s, who was determined to be at fault?

Steph:  Oh, she was totally at fault. And she got out of the car and was like, “it was totally my fault.”

John:  Oh, that’s good. That makes it easy for you.

Steph:  She’s paying for everything, so.

John:  And you’re in good health.

Steph:  Essentially.



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In America, it is required that we have car insurance. This comes in handy when you have an accident. Sometimes, when I am paying my insurance bill, I ask myself why I have insurance. When you have an accident, it is very clear. After my accident, my car was in the shop for over a week. During that time, I got a rental car to drive around. The ‘minor damage’ to my car cost $1,500 to repair. My insurance paid for all of that. Now, it doesn’t seem so bad to have to pay the bill every month.


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