Sunday, March 23, 2003

So I spent the day with my friends up in Woodland Hills. Had a wonderful time...until I got back on the freeway to head home.

While traveling south on the 405 at around 12:30am, about a half mile north of Sunset Boulevard, this guy in a Chevy Avalanche glides right into my lane and right into my car.

We traveled down the freeway for a bit before we exited at Sunset. I had actually called 411 so I could get connected to the CHP. I wasn't sure if he was going to stop or not.

When we finally stopped, in front of a Holiday Inn just off the freeway, he inexplicably claimed that I was the one that had drifted into his lane. I had not been drinking at all. I don't do drugs. I had not nodded off nor was I tired. I never even felt the rumble of road reflectors. His story confused me.

He then hurriedly examined the damage to my car. It seems to be limited to the fender flare above the left rear tire. I'll give it a closer look in the morning. His car was not damaged as far as he or I could tell.

He gave me his license, insurance card, business card and cell number. I started fishing through the paperwork in my glovebox for my information but he said it wasn't necessary. He asked if I had insurance. I do. He asked if I would simply get an estimate and let him know what the repair costs were. He did not want to go through insurance. He seemed to be in a hurry.

Since damage seemed to be limited to the flare I agreed.

Strangely, the company listed on the card deals with insurance and financial services. Also, the name on the business card he handed me does not match the name on the license exactly. One says Larry. The other, Jason. The URL for the website listed on the card is no longer active. And I never finished writing down the license plate number. I did however write down the VIN, his license and his insurance policy number.

I don't feel good about the way it has gone down thus far. It's only the second time I have ever had to deal with the process. I hope it does not go badly.

UPDATE: I posted some pics.


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