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AV Takes Out Side Of Toyota



Approximately eight months ago, I had installed a brand new Avalanche brush guard on my AV. I had waited for weeks for it to arrive at my local Chevrolet dealership. I had it installed the day after it arrived by TruckSmart(The dealorship did not have the tools for installation, so I was forced to go elsewhere). I marvelled at how good it looked after it was mounted. I sat and stared at it for a good half hour.

After ogling my truck, I set off for the grocery store as I needed groceries. It was a great excuse to drive my AV, I reasoned, plus I had a destination. Per my usual habit, I parked my AV far out in the parking lot of Albertson's to avoid parking close to any other vehicles. It has always been my opinion that walking from the farthest parking space is better than receiving vehicle damage from other vehicle doors.

As I proceeded inside the grocery store, I looked back several times to admire my new brush guard. No other vehicles were in sight of my prized AV.

I completed my grocery shopping, exited the store and proceeded out into the parking lot with my purchases. I beheld my AV in awe as I approached it with my groceries. It looked so damned good with that new brush guard! It appeared no other cars were in the parking lot around my AV.

I climbed into my AV, and chucked the bag of groceries on the passenger seat. I fired up my AV, placed gear shift in reverse, and proceeded to back out of the my parking space. I cranked the steering wheel sharply to the left as I backed out.

As my front end spun around I suddenly heard grinding, crushing, shattering noises and felt severe vibrations. I had backed almost completely out of the parking space before I stopped. Unbeknownst to me, someone had parked their 2002 Toyota Celica on the passenger side of my AV. The Toyota was too low to the ground and I did not see it below my AV. Had I taken the time to glance in the side mirror I might have seen it. However, I did not.

The entire side of the Toyota Celica was demolished. The driver's side rear mirror was torn off, and all body panels were caved in. I was in shock at the damage I had just inflicted on this poor innocent vehicle. Of course, I quickly came out of it, and spun around to see what damage had occurred to my beloved AV. At first sight, I could find no damage. Closer inspection revealed the passenger side brush guard assembly was bent and the chrome was scratched. Further inspection revealed a scratch on my turn signal plexiglass cover. That was it. I had received minimal damage, compared to the Toyota, which I was sure was totaled. :eek:

I proceeded back inside Albertson's to break the bad news to the Toyota's owner. I had a checker announce over the P.A. system for the owner of the Toyota Celica, license XXXXXX to please come to the front of the store. Shortly, a woman in her twenties appeared. She took the news quite well, and did not seem as upset as she should have been. We exchanged insurance information, and I called a tow truck for her disabled Toyota. :p

Both of our vehicles were reparied by my insurance company. Lucky for me, I have not been involved in an accident for years and my insurance rates did not change.

I learned to always look on the passenger side of my AV before I pull out of a parking space!
To prevent confusion, my AV was not lifted at the time of the collision. Still, most of the damage the Toyota sustained was 3' and above, including the driver side window shattered and scratches to the rear quarter glass.

More interesting still, my insurance adjuster related the woman had tried to allege my AV had cause damage to her aluminum wheels which had obviously been caused by curb damage. I didn't care, but my insurance refused that portion of her claim. :p
midlifecrisis said:
Any chance she parked in stealth mode in hopes of getting damaged? ? ;)

Good point, I had thought about that too. But the ultimate reponsibility was mine for failing to look before I backed out. If it was a scam, it won't happen to me again!
The same thing happened to me last year, but I took out a crouch rocket.

I was backing out when I cut the wheel to the left and Bang! Clunk! Crash! I hooked the lenience plate of the bike with the front corner of my bumper. It put a hole in my bumper about the size of a dollar bill. It coast about $1500 to fix the bike and $540.00 for my new bumper.

After doing a little investigation, I found out that the guy was parked right next to the line toward the rear of my AV. I never saw it (blind spot). What kind of guy would park his bike next to the line and just inside the parking spot?

Like you said... ?the ultimate responsibility was mine for failing to look before I backed out?.

Anyway?now I walk around the truck before I start backing anywhere.
Loggie said:
Anyway?now I walk around the truck before I start backing anywhere.

Loggie, Super idea!

My father-in-law used to work for the Bell System, and they had a policy concerning parking company vehicles:

1) Always back into a parking spot. This allows you to scan the area and check for obstacles, cars, kids, and other hazards. And...

2) Always walk around your vehicle before getting in it to pull out and check for the same things. (Just as Loggie suggested)

My wife and I have been follwing this for our 14 years of marriage and it sure has shown its value over the years. Many times there were things we didn't see.

The Bell System also insisted on always turning on your lights for safety. GM has really helped with road safety since the introduction of DRLs on their vehicles many years back.

Just some Bell System thoughts!