Rear Ended at RR Crossing: Hyundai Sonata GLS
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In November of 2001, I had decided that I wanted to get a brand new car since I had had my 1988 Plymouth Sundance for fourteen years. It would be a nice early Christmas present to me. I really liked the new 2002 Hyundai Sonata GLS so I bought one. For some reason, I felt that I wouldn't have the car for very long and I was right. After being out shopping with my mother all morning and part of the afternoon on Sunday, December 9, 2001, I left my parents' house around 2:30 p.m. I was going East on Ball Road in Anaheim, CA when the safety arms at a railroad track up ahead began to go down. I stopped along with the rest of the traffic.
A freight train went through the intersection and just as the arms went up and traffic began to slowly move forward, I started moving at about 10 mph when a 1994 Jeep Cherokee driven by a 67 year old man (his wife as passenger) slammed into the back of my car at 45 miles per hour. I slammed my foot on the brake, but the car skidded forward over 6 feet and the driver's seat collasped. I watched as my back window exploded and shards of glass flew outside and inside the car.
I remember sitting up to put the car in park and shutting off the engine. I was shaking so bad and completely disoriented. I had never been in an accident like that before and I was upset because I knew I had lost my car. The driver of the Jeep appeared at the passenger side and he asked me if there was anyone he could call for me. I didn't even want to talk to him after what he had done. Then a woman and her son appeared at the drivers window and they called 911.
Another woman appeared (turned out she was a nurse) and she held my hand and talked to me until the paramedics and police showed up. I was taken to emergency with luckily only soft tissue injuries to my neck and shoulders. My Sonata was totaled. The Jeep driver was found at fault and I hired an attorney to get a settlement and to stop the hospital, ambulance company and the Jeep driver's insurance company from calling me and bugging me. Finally, after almost 7 months, my attorney got a settlement of $15,000 and I got $5,000 free and clear (which I paid a credit card off with). I now own another 2002 Hyundai Sonata GLS and have had it over a year now. So far no accidents - knock on wood!
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