I got into a crash this evening. Here’s the front of my car:
I’m going to take a 4-hour “traffic school” course which will mean that:
- Hillsborough County will withhold adjudication;
- I don’t get any points on my license;
- I get 18% off the cost of the ticket (meaning it’ll cost me about $100).
The car is at a body shop, and State Farm will be sending a claims adjuster to check out the damage in the morning. Also in the morning, I’ll arrange for a rental car. State Farm will cover 80% of the rental cost, up to $500. The damage to the car ahead of me seems minor (there was a dent in the fender and a cosmetic part popped up a bit). There are more photos of the damage on Flickr; I’ve already offered copies to State Farm.
This is going to be somewhat expensive, and that’s not at all welcome; we’re in the middle of paying for graduate school applications, transcripts, etc., and there’s a possibility of repeating that process next year. Fortunately, I’ve already got almost all of my tax information, so I’ll be able to e-file pretty soon and get a refund (I’ve always gotten a nice refund, kina hora). That should help considerably.
Jodi has been very gracious about it, and I appreciate that; many people would take it badly. I’m just glad everyone seems to be okay, and I’m very pleased that everyone was so polite about it all.