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Brother Boy's Car Accident

weather: mostly cloudy
outside: 5°C
mood: *sigh*
Brother Boy got into a car accident this morning. It didn't sound too bad, there was little to no visible damage to the other car, the other lady wasn't hurt, he wasn't hurt. My car that Brother Boy was driving is a bit messed up but still drivable. He was turning left from a side street onto a main street, so it's 100% his fault. But since the car is in my name, it'll go on my record.

[Update - juky says this has been changed; it will go on his record instead.]

I kinda knew it was coming and I was prepared to take it. He'll be 17 this May. He has a lower-than-average Teenage Cockiness Index™, but there's still a little cockiness in him like all kids... lack of experience plus trying to be an independent adult and all that. This is why I gave him my car. I didn't want him schmucking up my Dad's car.

I had almost the same accident a long time ago. I turned left when I really shouldn't have. That was legally completely my fault too. I remember the feeling of "it's totally my fault and yet, it's not really my fault", which is what he's feeling right now. In my case, I coulda swore, Dude was far enough away. In his case, he says he saw the lady's car signalling to turn right. I told him that sometimes when people change lanes, their blinkers can stay on because the steering wheel hasn't moved enough for it to latch on to the signal and turn it off. So, even if someone is signalling, you still have to be very careful.

He's at school right now. I told him it's going to be okay, not to think about it and concentrate on school for today. I'm going over there this afternoon to deal with it.

*sigh* So, now I'm left with the question of what to do with my car. How much is this going to cost to fix? That's more money that I don't have.

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katie_ah
Apr. 3rd, 2003 10:37 am (UTC)
Doesn't brother boy have a job? I say he should at least pitch in for some of the repair costs, or at least do A LOT OF NICE THINGS FOR YOU. :)

You're such an understanding sister. I woulda been pissed beyond all belief.
bride
Apr. 3rd, 2003 10:48 am (UTC)
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Our family's philosophy is that we don't want him working while in school. Summer jobs are a possibility, but we'll see.

It's his first time with a screw-up of this magnitude. It's not going to be without consequences, I will have reasonable demands of him, but I'm willing to give him a chance to learn from this without it really knocking him down.
katie_ah
Apr. 3rd, 2003 10:56 am (UTC)
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Wow, no jobs? Damn! I worked all through high school! (I actually did well in HS, heh)

Anyway, I dig.
katlyn
Apr. 3rd, 2003 10:44 am (UTC)
Ummm...

I don't know if this will make him feel any better, but I almost had the exact same thing happen to me this morning. *sighs* After 10 years of driving and never having an accident. *knock on wood*
bride
Apr. 3rd, 2003 10:50 am (UTC)
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Cripes... is it International Everybody Get Into An Accident Turning Left Day and it's not on my calendar?

*sigh* I hope you're okay... =S
katlyn
Apr. 3rd, 2003 10:55 am (UTC)
I'm fine (though a bit more cautious through the rest of my morning commute)... I didn't mean to turn the comment into a "look at me" thing... but darn it sucks and it's scary even when you -don't- get hit.

You're a wonderful big sister even to give him the opportunity to drive your vehicle. I'm glad he's generally all right, and fingers crossed that there isn't too much damage.
bride
Apr. 3rd, 2003 10:58 am (UTC)
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I'm fine (though a bit more cautious through the rest of my morning commute)... I didn't mean to turn the comment into a "look at me" thing... but darn it sucks and it's scary even when you -don't- get hit.

Oh, no, it's no problem =) I'm glad it was just a close call =)

I'm glad he's generally all right, and fingers crossed that there isn't too much damage.

Thanks =)
incognita
Apr. 3rd, 2003 12:46 pm (UTC)
Pardon me while I butt into your conversation...

I'm glad you're both alright! Nievita & Brother Boy, I mean. suckysucky way to start a day :/
bride
Apr. 3rd, 2003 12:48 pm (UTC)
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Thanks =)
daonnan
Apr. 3rd, 2003 11:15 am (UTC)
I am so glad to hear he and everyone else involved are ok.

bride
Apr. 3rd, 2003 11:16 am (UTC)
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Thanks =)
juky
Apr. 3rd, 2003 11:41 am (UTC)
It'll go on his record because he was driving. You're just the owner of the vehicle. Too bad... when he finally gets a car to insure, it'll cost a lot more.
bride
Apr. 3rd, 2003 11:42 am (UTC)
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Oh really? When did that change?
juky
Apr. 3rd, 2003 10:03 pm (UTC)
What changed is that in the past, the insurer of a vehicle did not have to be the primary driver. Now, the insurer must be the primary driver.
green_paper
Apr. 3rd, 2003 01:51 pm (UTC)
Well, I guess it's all part of the learning experience. It also drives home the fact that driving is not to be taken lightly (no pun intended). Fortunately, nobody was seriously hurt.

Oh, the only thing that a flashing turning signal indicates is the fact that the bulb works.
bride
Apr. 3rd, 2003 01:57 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, really... =\
jenny_rambles
Apr. 3rd, 2003 07:44 pm (UTC)
:hangs head in shame:
That was my first accident too. Bad left turn!
bride
Apr. 3rd, 2003 08:12 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, left turns are evil. =} Three right turns sounds and feels stupid, but it's a lot safer =)
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