Up until 8:55am this morning, I was driving a 3/4 ton Chevy Silverado Pickup with extended cab. I was stopped in traffic behind a 1 Ton Chevy pickup just East of 15th Avenue and Thomas, I got rear-ended by a lady driving someone else's van. The lady has no insurance and no license.
This license plate was on my front bumper:
The driver's seat now permanently reclines and is bent to the driver's right:
The impact from behind was hard enough to not only rattle everything loose around the inside of the truck and deposit my glasses I'd been wearing in the backseat, but the bezel on the front of the dashboard popped loose:
A couple front shots:
And a couple of the rear... notice the receiver hitch now points downwards:
On the plus side, nobody was hurt and damage to the truck ahead of me was minimal.
The city took immediate ownership of the vehicle that hit me, and she walked.
Thank God for 3/4 ton pickups.
Edited March 13, 2007---
They ended up totalling the Silverado. $7900 worth of damage, and seeing the hood open, the only reason the front wasn't worse is because, oh yeah... there's an engine in there! Everything was crammed tightly against whatevertheheck is in front on top, I think the A/C pump... so who knows what all else is wrong.
In looking through the truck when I took off the plate, I found the ashtray door and insert snapped off in the impact ... how hard do you have to be hit to cause that?
Anyway, I did the last rights on the Chevy, and am now driving a Ford F250 superduty, long-bed, extended cab. My one commenter notwithstanding, I'll take the big iron as protection thank you: