Son had Fender Bender

  1. My 18 year old son just came home and told me he had hit a fender while backing up, he didn't just hit the fender his truck hooked it and tore it completely off, oh geeze. The kid was so shook up, no one was around so he flagged down a teacher who called security, then he called the insurance company. I am proud of him for owning up to his mistake but I know he will pay through the nose for his insurance now. I called the girl at home and she asked me to call her mother at work which I did, I told her I just talked to my insurance company and that she should get a estimate and someone from my insurance co. will call her tomorrow. The kid was so worried, I told him that cars can be replaced but not lives and to just be glad no one was hurt. I think he feels a little better but is dreading my husband coming home from work, the lecture on safety is coming. I wonder how much his insurance will go up, oh well time for some motrin for my headache.
  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   Tweety
    OMG the dreaded "lecture".

    I'm glad he's o.k.

    I had a minor collision at age 18, back in the 70s. Cost $700 for my insurance company to fix. My next insurance preium was....$700.00 for six months. I hate insurance companies.
    Hope your son has better luck.
  4. by   hapeewendy
    I'm glad your son is okay...
    and youre absolutely right, parts can be fixed , at least no one was hurt

    good job on raising a son who didnt take the easy way out on this one
  5. by   frannybee
    Thank goodness it was just the car. I remember the look on my Mum's face when she and Dad came to get me after being involved in an 8-car pileup on a VERY busy motorway at rush hour. I'd left the house not half an hour before on my way to school (17, had my licence 3 months) and she gets a phonecall - "Mrs Bee"......*silence*....."Hold the line"....."Mum? I've been in an accident, I think the car's a writeoff". Mum's response was something along the lines of "F*** the car, are you okay????". Wasn't my fault, nothing I could have done to avoid the idiot who ran up my butt and pushed me into the car in front who then dominoed it forward, all at 100km/hr.

    The car was a writeoff which we couldn't afford, but the insurers latched onto the fact that the guy who'd hit me had not only left the scene of the accident he'd caused, he'd not even bothered to check that anyone else was okay. I was standing on the side of the motorway in my school sports uniform, panicking because I was going to be late for marching band. Never mind the whiplash injuries, I needed to be at band warming up my sousaphone!

    He'll be okay, and while the lecture will happen, both your husband and son will lie in bed afterward thinking, "It could have been worse".
  6. by   BadBird
    My husband was very kind, not too much of a lecture, just a be more careful kind of thing. Yup, we are grateful that no one was hurt and that he did own up to his mistake and didn't run from it as so many have done. Hubby called on his way home to tell me there was black ice all over and he passed a 4 car pile up and a car smashed into a wall. I am glad that everyone is home and safe. We are supposed to get more snow tonight, YUCK, when will it end!!!
  7. by   researchrabbit
    Hey, if he had to learn this lesson, this was an easy way! I am so glad no one was hurt....he is WONDERFULLY honest (um...I have an 18-year-old daughter...)

    You could further his lesson-learning ability by having him pay the difference in the insurance (if it goes up for just one accident; it may not).
  8. by   nursegoodguy
    Great kid! I wonder how many people would've owned up to it...
  9. by   New CCU RN
    Very good kid.... I am thinking b/c of his honesty regarding the situation he ought not to be punished. Accidents happen and cars can be fixed. Making him struggle to pay the difference when he's still in HS I think will just deter him from being honest and telling the truth....dunno just my opinion.
  10. by   BadBird
    Thanks everyone for your support. He isn't working while in school so I will pay for insurance whatever it is. And he is a great kid, cute too all 6'3" of him. He is still my baby.