Hey everyone... I've had an interesting few weeks, topped off with a nice little accident on the US60 at about Alma School. We were all cruising right along and I could see the cars in front of me slowing pretty quickly. When I started seeing everyone slowing down and recognized the guy behind me may not be able to see what was going on I tried to move over within my lane as much as possible hoping he would see the cars in front of me but it didn't work. Sure enough he hit me and punted me into the car in front of me, then the Chevy truck two cars behind me got involved and bounced everyone around again. It was pretty rough. I do think that my moving over in the lane made it a bit of an accordian effect which kept me and the lady in front of me from getting hurt. The 4th car back, 2 behind me, was the vehicle cited and the two guys behind me are apparently sharing the bill to fix the vehicles. Thanks goodness for insurance who handles all of that mess.
The damage to my truck doesn't look severe but it will be close to $13k to fix it all. The whole front end has to be replaced including some kind of radiator mount that was sheared off the frame. The hood has to be replaced, the front driver side fender has to be replaced, the drivers side front headlight (and maybe the other one as well) has to be replaced, both doors have to be repainted, the tailgate and drivers side of the bed have to be repaired and repainted, the rear bumper has to be replaced, the rear drivers side tail light has to be replaced, and then a bunch of stuff underneath like radiator, battery, AC compressor I think, and various other things. All in all the damage doesn't look terribly bad but it adds up fast. The most important thing is the frame was not damaged which surprises me.
Front end damage:
Taken apart at Camelback Collision Center:
I'm going to have the lower front bumper insert painted matte black along with all of the badges since all but the passenger side badges are coming off.