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Accident update - Happy's Obsession
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Accident update
First, K & I are fine. Some initial neck/back ache, but that went away in a few days.

I kept calling the Allstate adjuster (his insurance), to see if Andy Weiss had called. He hadn't, day after day. By Wednesday, the adjuster was getting a bit upset with him too, for not returning calls. Of course, there was nothing he could do, except start a letter mailing process, which "at some point, a few months from now, would culminate in a registered letter informing him that they would not cover him for this accident."

What does that mean?

It means that he would still get to keep his insurance, no problem there. But if/when I sued him for not dealing with it? They would not cover his losses. So he wouldn't even lose his insurance.


Needless to say, I was pretty irate. I mean, come on! If he doesn't call, isn't that admitting guilt? Or at least, if you say no, and aren't willing to pay, shouldn't he be canceled?


So I got a bit cranky, and decided to take matters into my own hands. I Googled his name ("Andy Weiss") and where he lived (Olympia). There was one listed, a guy who worked for the Dept of Wildlife and Fish, as a database manager. I called the number listed for him, and got a voicemail that sounded like the same guy (older, gruff low voice). I didn't leave a message, but wanted to see if he was in town, or maybe there was a good reason he wasn't calling? What to do...

I looked up the number to the Director of his Department, and called. Spoke to the secretary, asking if he was there. She didn't know, as he worked in another building. I gave her the story in a nutshell, and she transferred me to the Unit Secretary for his section. He also did not know if Andy was there, as "he works on the 5th Floor, and I work on the 6th." So I again gave him the nutshell story, and he transferred me to Andy's supervisor. This time, I gave my name (hitting on the Dr part), and said that I'd been trying to reach Andy for 5 days, but hadn't been able to. Was he away, or in the office? The supervisor was very professionally polite and apologetic, stating that he was in, and would definitely call me back today. He repeated my number (caller ID), and told me he would give him the message immediately. I thanked him, then told him that he could also have Andy call his insurance adjuster, who has been trying to reach him for his statement about the accident. He said he would.

Then I go to Facebook. Google "Andy Weiss Olympia" - and discover that there is another person, same name, same town. Looks like a young guy, definitely not like the voice sounded on the voicemail. Uh oh... I send him a message through FB, briefly telling the story, and apologizing if it was his boss I called. Asked him to reply if this is what happened.

Wednesday afternoon - he didn't call them. Thursday afternoon - still no call. So I call back to his voicemail, and ask him to please call his adjuster, or I'll have to start sending letters and the video of the accident scene to his superiors. Or if I have the wrong person, could he be so kind as to let me know?

Friday, I wake up early to take the train to Portland for a Girls Weekend. On the way down, the adjuster calls, says that Andy was away in the Sierra Nevada's (which is why he didn't call). That he states he doesn't know what happened to cause the accident. We were in the carpool lane, he was in the fast lane, and somehow his front left bumper came into contact with our right rear. So they are willing to accept responsibility, and pay for my car, and a rental.

I know he has to know what happened. My guess? Looking for something in the car, maybe talking on a cell or texting. I know we didn't drift over, because I'm a freak about even getting close to the lines, and get called a nag all the time for my hyper-vigilance while a passenger. But I guess it doesn't matter, because they are fixing my car.
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shadownyc From: shadownyc Date: December 7th, 2009 11:48 am (UTC) (Link)
I hope you start getting satisfaction and your daring move to make phone calls on your own pays off and no more glitches. Good Luck!
beloved4always From: beloved4always Date: December 7th, 2009 01:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
good for you.
hsifeng From: hsifeng Date: December 7th, 2009 05:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good job sissy!
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