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Old 09-25-2008, 01:06 PM   #11
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i'd love to know too, but i'm still dealing with insurance right now and neither side wants to take the blame. also the police report said it was my fault? because apparently when you have a green light and someone turns left in front of you while youre going through its your fault...funny huh?
Same thing happened to me... a van was heading in the opposite direction that I was heading in. I was going straight through the intersection (slight downhill grade) and she was turning left (her left, my right) (slight uphill grade for her). Naturally I braked and attempted to steer out of her way while not completely veering into oncoming traffic. So my passanger side front collided with her rear wheel axle. As soon as we found out both of us were OK and her children weren't in the car, she was very apologetic to me.

The cop said that based on the point of impact (passanger side front of my car, rear side of her van) I was at fault being that her car was more through the intersection than I was. After hearing the explanation I got a little mouthy with the cop and said , "So you mean to tell me if I didn't step on the brake at all and continued on through the intersection at full speed and t-boned the van closer to front fender the blame most likely wouldn't be on me?" The cop sternly suggested for me to be more happy that no was injured and less concerned about who the blame was put on.

I confirmed with my friend who investigates car accidents as he said "9 times out of 10 based the basic training that Patrol Officers are brought through, they will rule the accident in the same way." WTF?!?!?!

I feel your pain... well honestly not all of it. I was driving an 87 Accord... not a coveted VX
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Old 09-25-2008, 01:21 PM   #12
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Man- that stinks!

Last year I had a fender bender with my 87 Civic that was not my fault- I swerved and braked hard to avoid a car pulling out from a side street on my right. It pulled out just as I was passing by and so by swerving into the left lane while braking hard, I just took off the car's front bumper. If I wouldn't have swerved, I would have T boned the car and probably hurt the driver- even though I was just going 30 mph when they pulled out.

Thankfully, I do not have antilock brakes so I left a skid mark that swerved into the left lane so there was proof of where my vehicle was.

The other driver (a 16 year old) claimed I was speeding so fast that they didn't have time to pull out all the way before I hit. It was a sunny day with unlimited visibility on the flat road- no other cars around. Thankfully the cops knew they were lying.

It bent my front fender a little bit so they totaled my car and gave me about $500, I bought the car back for $50, straightened the fender and now have a "rebuilt" title.
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Old 09-25-2008, 04:57 PM   #13
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Wow sounds like exactly what happened to me...I say get what you can from the insurance, make sure you tell them anything you changed on the car or upgraded in my case they gave me some more money since none of it was really "performance"...I ended up getting $2600 for my car (well $2800-$200 to buy it back) It was also a 95 VX Believe me yo won't get as much as you think even with gas prices going up, Insurance companies suck...

Anyways, if you have you VX for donor parts you'll be in good shape...You can cut some weight out of the Coupe by swapping over some one the parts from the VX, check out my build thread (linked in my Sig) and see what i did...took the insurance money and replaced a lot of parts on my del sol and swapped in the VX motor and trans...The Del Sol is ratted at 2300lbs and honestly I don't notice much difference between it and my previous hatch...good luck!
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Old 09-25-2008, 05:19 PM   #14
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BTDT. Driving a dumptruck, I lumbered slowly through a T-shaped intersection along the top of the T. I was halfway across when a speeding minivan came out of the vertical T-leg, apparently hell-bent on shaping his front-end like the inside-out version of the rear half of the dumptruck side. I swerved left to give him a little more room and he just barely cleared -- but then I couldn't clear the stopped car in the oncoming lane. The corner of my bumper just barely tapped an older Saturn, and I felt bad for the poor lady who was at a dead stop and saw a dumptruck swerve at her...

Of course, the other damaged party was obviously not at fault. The minivan driver was effectively deemed a witness, and the cop gave me a verbal reaming because I was the youngest person on the scene (despite me being 100% polite and cooperative).
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Old 09-26-2008, 04:54 PM   #15
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I say SWAP over the VX stuff: motor & IM, ecu, wire harness, you can mount that control box on the firewall just use the VX harness it will plug up to the shock tower by your battery. a lil less hp but u'll save in gas $$. ur choice. otherwise MYSELF and im sure others want dibs on your parts =) !!
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Buy the car back from the insurance. If you can't store it, ask us what parts you need to salvage from it. If you don't use them then you'll have no trouble finding people here that will buy them from you. Everything down to the aluminum engine mount/alternator mount, the rear diffuser, the EGR controller, the ECU, the intake pipe, the cluster, and of course the engine and tranny.
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Old 09-29-2008, 06:00 PM   #17
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thanks guys, im glad to see another person went though the same crap i did. I totally felt like she ran the light, but whatever I need to put that behind me and move on to bigger+better things.

I'm currently looking for a base to drop the vtec-e into. Loserkidwac, i saw your swap and I've been searching for a del sol for awhile, but now I'll take anything from a 88-91 civic/crx to a 92-95 civic/del sol. if anyone in the Sacramento or bay area has one for sale (for cheap!) let me know!

thanks everyone for your support and motivation!
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Good Luck, I opted for something 92+ simply cause after the accident it made me appreciate having the air bag...figured it happened once it could happen again and since its a DD didn't want to take the risk, just some food for though, plus 92-95 is already OBD1 so less wiring will need to be messed with...let me know if you have any questions about the swap good luck!
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Challenge the police report, plain and simple. Last I checked no one turning has the right-of-way, PERIOD. Call up the guy's captain. Call in a different police investigator. Throw a hissy fit. If you are turning and oncoming traffic is not, you do NOT have the right-of-way. Read your state vehicle code. TRUST ME ON THIS ONE.

Police reports CAN be amended. Contact an attorney about it if the Captain doesn't get it fixed properly. Just because he's law enforcement does NOT mean he cannot be sued for filing something improperly. She turns - she is at fault, PERIOD.

Sue to get her issued a ticket for failure to yield right-of-way if necessary. Talk with your insurance company and have THEM do the dirty work if you can. And make SURE to go to the hospital to check for injuries before any more time passes. Like have them give you an MRI, X-Rays, etc. Never know when a hidden neck injury will pop up.
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