Thursday, January 8, 2009

Ice + Car Window = Fun With Insurance

I'm currently in New England staying with my friend Chris and working out of the Westford, MA office for my employer. On the way to work this morning, this happened to his car:

We left Nashua and got on to Rt. 3 to head to the office. It's been snowing and there is snow and ice buildup everywhere. One thing that happens in New England quite frequently is people not cleaning off their cars completely before getting out on the road. After the person is out on the road, a large sheet of ice+snow will fly off the roof of a car and smash in to the road. Sometimes it will hit another car, which is what happened this morning.

Around Chelmsford, the car in front of us jettisoned its iceberg and it landed on Chris' windshield. Notice it's all on the passenger side to. It was incredibly scary when it happened. We then had to get the car in front of us to pull over. Chris called the police and then stood around in the cold for a while.

Chris had the car towed to work and has been on the phone with insurance companies. He cannot drive the car because the windshield is far too damaged. The interior of the car is covered with little shards of safety glass. Here's a picture from the inside:

You can't really see the small pieces of glass since those are in the seat and center console, but the hanging rear view mirror is funny.

The lesson people should take from this is to CLEAN OFF YOUR CAR COMPLETELY in New England winter weather.

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