So I was driving on the 91 West this afternoon in traffic. We're all flying along at 80 MPH, until we start to come up on the 5 interchange. My lane starts to slow pretty quickly, but I had plenty of room ahead of me. I come to a total stop with traffic, leaving about 1 1/2 or 2 car lengths between me and the guy ahead of me. I look up into my rear view and see this big SUV coming full speed, like she hadn't even considered braking yet. I take my eyes off my rear view because I don't even wanna see what I know is coming.
The impact was so bad, I actually felt myself come out of my seat and hit my head on the roof, then the front visor, then my head hit the headrest HARD. I was pushed, with my brakes locked, all the way into the truck ahead of me. The total impact managed to actually knock my stereo out of the dash, my ashtray onto the passenger floor, and turn my 80lb sub box upside-down. Her SUV lifted the rear of my car off the ground entirely, because the "Celica" logo left a mark on her Hood
... a good 12 inches higher than where it sits on our cars. I wasn't wearing a seatbelt, but came away with nothing more than a sore neck. Thankfully, my airbag didn't go off.
In short, the car looks BAD... probably worse than the pictures let on. The trunk floor seems to be crumpled... I can't tell for sure because the spare tire can't come out now. Besides all the rear damage, my TRD
front is cracked, bent and about ready to fall off. My Hood
is also bent along the front bumper, and it looks like the front fenders might be bent too... hard to tell. My sub box had major damage, the subs themself no longer work... my capacitor was torn out and dented, my stereo came out of the dash half way... and I don't know how my amp held up.
I'm pretty sure that it'll be hard to get the car to be "totaled", but I'm going to try pulling a few strings at work if it's anywhere close. It'd be nice if I could just dump this wreck and get a 04 six speed... but we'll see. Tomorrow I'm going into work to file the claim, then off to get some estimates, then to the doctor if my neck still feels like this.