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Old 10-04-2012, 10:13 AM   #1
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Hit downed highway sign!

Driving to work yesterday morning behind a semi, it caused a small aluminum highway sign that had been blown down by a storm months ago (and never picked up by the state DOT people) and was laying on the shoulder to fly up in the air. There was zero time to react and the f'ing thing hit my drivers side front bumper at a glancing blow. "Luckily" it hit it on the flat front of the sign and caused a big area of surface scratching but no actual dents.
I was pissed beyond description as I do everything humanely possible to keep this car clean and ding/dent free.
This repair will be out of pocket since I have a fairly high deductible. The scratches shown in the pic almost look worse than they seem to be in person (a little but of them mostly buffed out that evening) with the one just above the side light being the deepest, down to the primer.
Anybody have an educated guess how much this is likely to cost me to get repaired? Also, anyone know if I have any chance to have the state pay for this due to their neglect? Thanks.

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Old 10-04-2012, 10:24 AM   #2
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The unfortunate thing is that this is on two panels. So that drives up the cost. I've had similar repairs done on my front bumper for ~$400-500. Now factor in the adjacent panel, and probably another $300-400. They're gonna have to pull the panels, straighten anything out and smooth it, blend the paint in the areas where it's missing, and then they'll spray a coat of clear over the entirety of both panels.

When the dust settles, my rough guess is somewhere between $700-1000. I might be a little high, and it may vary on your area, but that's my guess.

As far as the second part, I'm not sure if you have grounds to recoup your losses. I would think so, and I would hope so, but you never know these days. Nobody is responsible for anything.

I'm sorry to hear about it. I can definitely empathize, as my car was damaged yesterday as well. You got off pretty easy, relatively :/ I guess it was just a bad day to be driving!
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:31 AM   #3
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ouch that sucks friend! like CamaroDreams said, two panels really is gonna make the fix more expensive. I would definitely be talking to the state and seeing if they would being willing to help with repairs, but I seriously doubt the will admit any guilt in this. But you never know till you try
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:32 AM   #4
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Yeah, it could have been worse if I had hit it on its edge which probably would have gouged/slashed a hole or something. "Luckily" even though it's hard to tell in the crappy pic I posted, there is no denting so nothing should need to be pulled off to straighten out so hopefully that will help keep the cost down a bit.
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Old 10-04-2012, 01:27 PM   #5
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I can definitely empathize, as my car was damaged yesterday as well. You got off pretty easy, relatively :/ I guess it was just a bad day to be driving!
Damn, I just read about your repeated run-in (literally) with that drunk and/or crazy person! Amazing. I think, unfortunately, I would have gone insane myself if somebody did that to me and my beloved car. I'm pretty certain I would have done the stupid thing and chased them down and tried to exact some revenge on him but you never know who's armed or what. Glad you had a clearer head; the car can be fixed.
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Old 10-04-2012, 01:32 PM   #6
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Governments at the state and local level do have money put aside for things like this so it wouldn't hurt to write a letter or two. You definitely would need images of the sign and exact locations and such. Good luck!
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Old 10-04-2012, 01:39 PM   #7
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Governments at the state and local level do have money put aside for things like this so it wouldn't hurt to write a letter or two. You definitely would need images of the sign and exact locations and such. Good luck!
Yeah, I actually found out today from the good ol' internet that Kentucky has a Board of Claims for this and other incidents. You're right though, the burden of proof is on the claimant so I'll gather as much as I can but I'm not counting on being reimbursed.
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