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One Horrible Week

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Got into a car accident trying to get onto the main road to work. Since the car was on the main road it was my fault(b.s law and rule here).I got a ticket for it. I hate the fact I gotta cross over to a main busy rush hour road every single day. Semi was blocking my view and the second lane car was flying by as I was carefully trying to pull out. The guy was on a cell phone. Since it's not against the law to drive while on cell phone he didn't see me coming.Doesn't matter though. Michigan driving laws suck...Now I'm going to court to fight it to get it off my record from getting points and keep my insurance from raising up. My hatred for people on cell phones while driving has now sky rocketed.

The guy tore off half my bumper and he got a small scratch on his side of the car.My car got it worst because of his speed. I hit him at probably 2 mph and he hit me at somewhere between 40 and 45(speed limit is 40). He's lucky I was trying to be careful.

It pretty much destroys my chance at getting off shore now and getting a kayak. Looks like I may have to sell some stuff off to pay off some of this BS.

I tell ya,when it rains it pours on me.....I'm tired of this so called life. Thinking about just taking a break from everything and try to collect myself again. I tell ya sometimes I think the man upstairs just likes messing with my head.

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on a positive note: Maybe the guy upstairs WAS watching out for you and made you avoid being seriously injured.

Cars can be replaced, your family cannot replace you......

glad your ok

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Sounds to me you were merging into HIS lane of traffic and pulled out in front of him. You were going from an access road to a main highway. He was doing the sped limit.

BUT, sht happens and glad your ok.

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Same thing the cop said....I asked the cop why don't they make the exit out of our park a little bit safer...you know what he told me? "Good luck trying to win that argument". Then proceed to tell me it happens almost every single day on people trying to go left. people don't realize it's their fault either.

Won't happen again here....I learned my lesson. I'm going right from now and making what we have called Michigan U-turns. People in Michigan will know what I'm talking about.

What I also found funny was by my exit there's a sign that says "do not block intersection" right by our exit....people do it every day and even the cop told me "I do it too to prevent people like you from getting into an accident." It boggled my mind why they even have that sign there then in the first place? If somebody blocked our exit no emergency vehicles would be able to get into the park. Stupid idiots and stupid Michigan road designs....people say the south tends to have dumber people...I beg to differ....I didn't say anything to the cop about that comment,because believe me he wouldn't have an answer for that one.....

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The South has dumber people? Huh? That's funny. I've never met a Southerner who moved north when they retired. But, I've met a lot of Northerners who moved South when they retired. It takes you Yankees a while, but you wise up! :grin:

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The South has dumber people? Huh? That's funny. I've never met a Southerner who moved north when they retired. But, I've met a lot of Northerners who moved South when they retired. It takes you Yankees a while, but you wise up! :grin:

I'm from the south....Texas to be exact.....I hate it up here to be quite honest. If it wasn't for my wife and kid here I wouldn't be here. I'd rather be down south somewhere.... Honestly speaking. Some people like the North, I'm just not one of those people.

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I know just how you feel. Several years back I was making a left at an intersection that didn't have a light. I made my left and was almost through the intersection when some idiot came flying from the opposite direction and caught me in the rear left quarter panel. Completely caved it in and just scratched his bumper and cracked the grill.

Come to find out that this guy was a mechanic who was test driving a customer's car after he had finished repairing it. I told the cops that he was speeding, and I even had a witness that backed me up! It didn't matter, because the law said that the vehicle making the left was automatically at fault.

I took it to court and got what you would call a partial victory, I guess. Judge said that the accident would have never happened if I had not made the left turn, but did agree that the mechanic was speeding. All in all I had to pay for my repairs and he had to pay for his repairs.

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I know just how you feel. Several years back I was making a left at an intersection that didn't have a light. I made my left and was almost through the intersection when some idiot came flying from the opposite direction and caught me in the rear left quarter panel. Completely caved it in and just scratched his bumper and cracked the grill.

Come to find out that this guy was a mechanic who was test driving a customer's car after he had finished repairing it. I told the cops that he was speeding, and I even had a witness that backed me up! It didn't matter, because the law said that the vehicle making the left was automatically at fault.

I took it to court and got what you would call a partial victory, I guess. Judge said that the accident would have never happened if I had not made the left turn, but did agree that the mechanic was speeding. All in all I had to pay for my repairs and he had to pay for his repairs.

Yeah I don't understand the rule either.

I ain't worried about the car. My concern is the points on my license. Raised insurance rates and trying to get another car would be the problem now....I won't be able to afford it if they hike my rates up.

I'm pretty proud of the fact I haven't had an accident in over 10 years. So it kinda bummed me out this had to happen. I'm always careful.

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Hey Grimlin,

We have some poorly constructed on ramps, intersections and roadways too. This will be a LONG shot and you probably won't get too far, BUT you might be able to hold the county or city responsible if they screwed the road up that bad. You may be able to research how many accidents have happened there due to the poor construction of the access road and show that the county or city is partialy liable.

Just a thought.

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@ Bankbeater, Whether the other car was speeding or not, a motorist attempting to make a left turn still has to yield to on coming traffic. The speeding was not the sole reason for the accident, your car in the intersection was. The relevant issue was that before making a left turn, a motorist must be sure the intersection is clear, and in this case it wasn't.

If the other motorist's insurance company would have paid to fix your car, or your insurance company waived the deductible on your repair, then you won, if not you lost. Not having a traffic ticket issued to you does not mean there is no record with your insurance company.

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Comparitive vs Contributory Liability.

Look 'em up.

Then figure out which one your state uses.

It determines the recovery levels in court.

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