so, it was a bad day today. i had just merged onto the freeway, headed to work, and was in the far right lane. i was speeding up to the speed of traffic, checking my mirrors and blind spot because i wanted to move to the left. i looked back to the road in front of me, and the car i was following was braking, hard. i was about 2 car-lengths back, going 60-65mph. i slammed on my brakes and cranked the steering wheel to the right as fast as i could, hoping to avoid the car. i almost did.....just barely nicked the back corner of her bumper (she was driving a 97 pontiac sunfire, i was driving a 94 geo prizm). i slid sideways off the shoulder and into the ditch.
fortunately, no one was hurt. the girl i hit was really nice....i wouldn't have blamed her for screaming at me, but she was really calm and didn't really say much. i had hardly affected her car, but my car is messed up pretty badly. called the cops....got a ticket (failure to stop in allowed distance, $80 and 2 points). tow truck hauled my car to a bodyshop. i know the front bumper, grill, driver's side headlight assembly and front quarter panel will all need to be replaced. the guy thought they could fix the hood. i think the radiator's blown out, but i'm hoping there isn't any engine/suspension/frame damage.
got enterprise to pick me up so i could rent a car. i won't even start going off about how stupid and incompetent they are.
so anyway, i am about to be putting out some major $$$. towing was $80, ticket was $80, and i'm paying $25/day for the rental. the bodyshop hasn't called w/ an estimate yet, but i figure that it'll be AT LEAST $500, maybe as much as $1000. so i'm just pretty bummed....especially since the accident was my own stupid fault. at least no one got hurt (yes, i know it could have been worse), but still....