What are the odds?


On Wednesday of last week Hubby and I went to a baseball game at the new stadium and we drove my car.  When we were stopped behind a mini-bus at a corner near the parking lot, the back-up lights on the bus suddenly came on, and he backed into us!  The driver told the officer making the report that he decided he needed to turn at that corner (very narrow streets in that area) and was backing up to make the corner, and that he never saw us (we’re pretty sure that means he didn’t look in the rear view mirror on both sides of the bus).  The nursing home which owns the bus has insurance to pay for the bumper (est. approx. $1,000!).  An annoyance, but not a really big deal.

Two days later vehicle repairs became a little bigger deal!  Hubby took some yard clippings to a city dump site.  When he walked back into the house an hour later he said, “You are not going to believe what just happened.  A guy backed into me at the dump!”  This time, Hubby was driving his SUV.  The guy was a landscaper in a pick-up pulling a trailer with his mower on it.  The guy ahead of him in line had motioned him around, and he was backing up so that he could get around.  He admitted he didn’t look behind him.  Fortunately, he has insurance.  The estimate on the SUV was $1,100.

It is always amazing to get quotes for car repairs.  Neither of our vehicles look very much different, but I guess whenever the repair involves the bumper, it is alot more complicated than it looks.  Thank goodness for insurance and insured drivers!

When we got ready to go somewhere on Saturday, Hubby said, “Well, shall we take Wreck #1 or Wreck #2?”   A sense of humor definitely comes in handy in situations like this. 

What are the odds?

6 Responses to What are the odds?

  1. chrissy says:

    wow! Now thats something, what are the odds for that happening? Car repairs are expensive and then, sometimes, theres that damage thats internal and the costs keep going up and up!
    Good luck with repairs!

  2. Hilary says:

    Wow.. if you’re going to be involved in accidents, I suppose that’s the best kind. Here in Ontario, all drivers must have $200,000 “no-fault” insurance or they’re not licensed, so coverage would not be in question. I’m glad both instances were minor and that you’re both ok.

  3. Beth says:

    You definitely beat the odds. It sounds like it’s a perfect time to buy a lottery ticket! 😉

  4. Sandra says:

    Chrissy — As we speak, I can hear Hubby on the phone calling the insurance companies involved, because they haven’t contacted us yet. wants to get these repairs over and done with as quickly as possible. Because the other insurance will pay for it, some would say “no problem” for us, but we still have to do the jockeying around to get the repairs done.

    Hilary — Every driver here is supposed to have insurance too, but that doesn’t mean that is always the case. I’ve heard horror stories about people hit by uninsured drivers who ended up having to pay for very expensive repairs themselves.

    But, yes, we are very thankful the accidents weren’t any worse, and that no one was hurt!

    Beth — What an optimist you are! You’re seeing potential lottery winners, and I’m thinking “with this luck, don’t go out in the rain, you might be struck by lightening!” 🙂

  5. Beth says:

    Well, if you were struck by lightning, at least you could use your lottery winnings for the hospital bills!

  6. Sandra says:

    Beth — I love the way you think. 🙂

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