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Taco got injured

Got into an accident last thursday. Truck was towed today for inspection. 1999 std cab with 181k miles

Road was wet from rain but wasn't raining at the time. I was stopped at a left red arrow. Light turned green so I sped up after the turn to go up a freeway overpass, lost traction, jumped a concrete median and hit a car head on 3 lanes over waiting for her light to turn green.

Two dents on the frame under the passenger door, bed is lower on the rear pass side, gap between bed and cab is greater at the top than the bottom, tailgate won't open, front bumper pushed in on pass side, pass turn signal housing broke loose, pass fender bulged out near the parking lamp.

Both parties drove away from the scene.

Inspection should be tomorrow. I should be hearing from insurance on monday. I asked the tow company if I can remove my 60's black/yellow plates and he had no problem so I did.

Not sure how much this truck is worth in its current condition and what to settle for it its totaled.

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The key thing is to figure out if your frame was bent or warped. The bed being misaligned could be body or body mount damage, but it could also result from frame warpage.

Toyota ran short of pre-2001 frames during the frame rust campaign years ago. My point is that it may be a headache to try and fix a '99 frame nowadays.

How did you hit the other car? Rear first? Front first? Sideways, all along the length of your Taco?

I can't tell much without having an idea how the impact played out ...

In any case - you're OK, nobody was hurt, and those are the most important things ...

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Re: Taco got injured

Hit the other car front first with the passenger side taking the hit

here are some pics

The frame in the photo is below the passenger door, jumped and hit the center median that is filled with large landscape rocks. Looks like the exhaust pipe got hit also from the mark on it.
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Truck is a total loss. Got a fair settlement figure. Wish I had the truck though I bought it new and wanted to drive it until the wheels fell off.
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Re: Taco got injured

18 years is a darned good run, though ...

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