Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Friday afternoon, our youngest son and his fiance were in a car accident. They were driving on a rural road behind a large grain truck. The area is very flat and you can see for a long way. Our son pulled out a bit and checked the traffic coming toward him. There wasn't any so he put on his turn signal and pulled out to pass. All of a sudden, without a signal, the grain truck turned into our son's lane. Jerry put on the brakes and turned to the left to try to avoid the truck, but there was NO avoiding it. The car had the most damage on the left front passenger side. The truck kept going and dragged Jerry's car through a culvert and up into the driveway. At that point, the driver of the truck should have turned off his engine and left the truck where it was. Instead, he pulled all the way up into the driveway (where his boss lived). Jerry called the police and his insurance representative. It took the police a half hour to get to the accident. He asked the driver of the truck if he had turned on his turn signal and he said that he THOUGHT he had, but couldn't remember. At that point, the police should have checked to see if the signal was working. He didn't! Then the driver was asked for his driver's license and he didn't have it on him. He wasn't even asked if he had a CDL license. When the car hit the truck, it hit so hard that Jerry's fiance's head broke the windshield. Pieces of her hair were found in the windshield and on the mirror. She was crying and in pain and the police never asked if they needed an ambulance. Our oldest son arrived soon after the police and he is the one who took them to an area hospital where Sandy had a CT scan of her head and neck and x-rays of her chest arm and knee. No citations were issued when it was so obvious that the driver of the truck was at fault.
I spent all day yesterday talking to the Sheriff's Office to get a copy of the Police Report (this could take up to 10 days), trying to get in touch with the Insurance Company to talk to a Claims Representative, and also talking to the man who hauled Jerry's car away so we could get his belongings out of the car and put them in touch with the Insurance Company to look at the car themselves. After all of this, it may come down to Jerry not being treated fairly because of a botched Police Report.
Anyone ever have a similar experience and if so what did you do?
I am so frustrated!!!