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Well i had my first accident...

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Metallikatz3, Oct 12, 2008.

  1. Oct 12, 2008 at 3:53 PM
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    Metallikatz3

    Metallikatz3 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I was going on a weekend trip yesterday, following my girlfriend up to the Poconos to spend a few days up there.

    So anyway I was following her on Rt 80 westbound in NJ in the left lane (2 lane highway). I hear a motorcycle passing me on the right so i check my mirror, don't see anything, so i look over my shoulder see the rider, think "ok i know where they are." As i look back forward all i see are brake lights. My GF in her 2004 explorer is down to about 30 by the time i hit the brakes and I put them right to the floor, ABS kicks on immediately. She comes to a complete stop and just as she does... BAM!

    I hit her going about 20-30 MPH. and as soon as I hit her traffic starts moving again so we both get on the gas and move over to the shoulder ASAP. First thing i noticed on my truck was trans fluid pouring out of the cooler. So lovely... basically everything on the front is destroyed. Radiator and condensor are both bent pretty bad. cooler is obviously cracked. Bumper, hood, both fenders, both headlights are all bent/cracked. The fenders got pushed back and are binding the doors on both sides.

    The only thing that saved my airbags from going off was my bull bar which took a lot of the impact and transferred it down to the frame.

    So i had to get my truck towed like 75 miles back to the tow truck yard for now cuz they wouldn't leave it at my body shop still leaking. So i'm guessing i got about $9,000 worth of damage. nothing hit the engine and it looks like the engine isn't pushed back at all.

    Sorry for the long rant, but it hasn't been the best weekend for me. At least my girl is being really cool about the whole thing. Mainly cuz her truck has a few paint scrapes and a 4" dent on the tailgate haha.
     
  2. Oct 12, 2008 at 3:54 PM
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    derekabraham

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    I'm sorry man! Glad you're ok!
     
  3. Oct 12, 2008 at 3:57 PM
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    David Tarantino

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    sorry about the truck but you and the gf alright
     
  4. Oct 12, 2008 at 4:02 PM
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    hoosiertaco

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    glad your both safe...what a bummer...feel yer pain brother.
     
  5. Oct 12, 2008 at 4:08 PM
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    RelentlessFab

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    know you had that coming..... sorry to hear about the accident man:(
     
  6. Oct 12, 2008 at 4:11 PM
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    Casey05Taco

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    im sorry to hear about your truck. Hoping you are both ok
     
  7. Oct 12, 2008 at 4:13 PM
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    Metallikatz3

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    haha yeah yeah i know.. i'm gonna head over to the yard tomorrow and get pics and hopefully meet with the insurance guy. But we're both OK, just the normal aches and soreness.
     
  8. Oct 12, 2008 at 9:44 PM
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    surfsupl

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    I feel your pain. Glad you are ok! Does your truck look as bad as mine?


     
  9. Oct 16, 2008 at 11:18 AM
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    Metallikatz3

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    Here's some pics of my truck. So far the estimate is $6600 using new toyota parts. Basically both headlights, bumper, hood, fenders, radiator, condensor, trans cooler, and all the supports and everything underneath are gonna be replaced or bent back.

    and BTW I HATE THE STUPID JEEP COMPASS
     
  10. Oct 16, 2008 at 11:25 AM
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    David Tarantino

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    sorry about the truck but as long as your ok
     
  11. Oct 16, 2008 at 11:28 AM
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    David Tarantino

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    i see your from jersey was it on rt80
     
  12. Oct 16, 2008 at 11:30 AM
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    luk8272

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    Damn. Now you are free to mod it up. Sorry, glad yall are ok.
     
  13. Oct 16, 2008 at 11:35 AM
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    HerNameIsLucy

    HerNameIsLucy I miss Lucy. :-(

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    She's gone but not forgotten.
    Looks like the bull bar came in handy that time. It's amazing how much force is involved in a 30MPH crash. It sounds so...."safe".

    Glad you and your GF are OK. Get checked out good though, you never know what kind of hurts you got will pop up a year from now.
     
  14. Oct 16, 2008 at 11:37 AM
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    Metallikatz3

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    Yeah it was on 80 this sat right around 1PM you see me stopped up there?

    and thanks for everyone's concern too about us being alright.

    Funny story though we broke up on Tuesday...
     
  15. Oct 16, 2008 at 11:42 AM
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    David Tarantino

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    that sucks
     
  16. Oct 16, 2008 at 11:45 AM
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    David Tarantino

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    no but i do go that way to go home exit 28
     
  17. Oct 16, 2008 at 11:48 AM
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    SocalMan22

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    Metallikatz3, First glad your ok, do you that bull bar helped you or just made things worse?
     
  18. Oct 16, 2008 at 11:59 AM
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    eordonez

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    Im wondering the same thing, also $6600 damn! that just made me think about surfsupl truck, that looks a lot worse than yours and was quoted $8k :rolleyes:

    Glad both of you are ok
     
  19. Oct 16, 2008 at 12:16 PM
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    Metallikatz3

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    The bull bar prob caused some addiditonal damage the the bumper. But they said that it saved the airbags from going off. Which in this case is good that they didn't go off.
     
  20. Oct 16, 2008 at 12:49 PM
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    mjp2

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    Glad only stuff got damaged, although the breakup timing is a shame. Ahh well...parts get replaced, bills get paid, life goes on. Take plenty of before/after shots!

    Good time to switch to a different bumper if you were ever considering it. :p
     
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