My wife and I were driving home from dinner late last night—sitting at a stop light just as innocent as can be. I glanced in the rear-view mirror and saw a car approaching very quickly. I move up a little closer to the car in front of me thinking I'd give them more room to come to a stop. When I looked back in the mirror, I could see the top of the driver's head just above the steering wheel just as she slammed into the back of our car without so much as hitting the brakes.
It turns out the driver was a young girl who's cell phone had rung and then "slipped off her lap." Great. My wife's head snapped back at impact and the paramedics ended up transporting her to the hospital for an CAT Scan just to make sure nothing was broken, and we didn't get home from the ordeal until close to 1:00 in the morning.
My wife's pretty sore today, but they gave her good drugs! The car's banged up, however... my perfect little car is going to need some tender, loving care of its own. I'm posting pictures, and I am attempting to convince myself that the silver lining to this cloud is that the damaged parts can be completely replaced with new, factory painted ones rather than anything needing to be filled, sanded and sprayed.
Sigh... I hope the young lady learned a lesson (she was cited by the police, and I'm sure her insurance will go up as a result). It's a good thing she wasn't going any faster, but she hurt my Smart!