Roadrunner - I did end up calling my insurance company today. I will try to get an adjuster from the at-fault driver's insurance company to come take a look at my car. I really would like it if they did NOT total the car out but instead wrote me a check for the damage. I'm considering shopping for another sedan shell to transfer everything over to.
Matt - $1K for the sedan is great. I could not afford even that much though. My best bet is to find a shell for a few hundred dollars and swap everything over. If I can't find a shell locally in the near future, I may just throw some new sheet metal over the lumps and call it a day, at least for another year or so.
True - DAX's incident today is a classic motorcycle type of situation (car not 'seeing' you and pulling out).
One of my favourite mcycle defensive techniques is the defensive "slalom": where you want to make sure you have the full attention of a driver you're approaching (either perpendicular or oncoming). Make some exaggerated "S's" within your lane, and it does a great job of making you jump out from the background traffic.
I've seen drivers actually "double-take" from this technique, and I believe it's prevented a few oncoming drivers from making left turns across my path that would have otherwise been too close for comfort.
Sorry to hear about your car. I have made that same mistake (that she made) but luckily there was no crash. I was at a stop sign waiting to turn right and when I saw the car coming toward me on the street I wanted to get on slowing down with their right signal on, I assumed that they were turning right onto my street- well they weren't. They were turning right onto the next street and rightfully upset about me pulling out.
The other thing that can happen when entering from a side street is that a windshield pillar can obscure a car if you just give a quick glance. I've been very nearly creamed this way a couple of times. Best remedy is to make sure you look each way long enough for something to pass through the blind spot.
Replace the outer panels with replacement panels. By the time you get done, it woun't look to bad. You could also always paper mache the rough areas into a more aerodynamic shape, so that it facilitates your testing more shape efficiencies.