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#18917 of 23397 Rear-ended by a Suburban.
Jul 25, 2005 (6:25 am)
I was driving my jeep the other night with my family. While stopped at a stoplight a Suburban hit us from behind. I don't think he even tried to stop. It shattered the back glass. My wife and 7 year old had to be taken to the hospital. Mainly for cuts and bumps. We are all okay, but the jeep is messed up. It's a 2004 Solar Yellow Jeep Wrangler X with 12,000 miles. The impact was so bad, the Suburban was not drivable. I had the jeep towed even though it is probably drivable. I had to get to the hospital. My question is this. If the frame is bent, would it be totaled? Even the passenger door was jammed a little. However, there is no damage to the engine or anything up front. Anybody know of any safety concerns due to the tire on the back? I think that is what caused the glass to shatter. Anyway, were okay. But I miss my jeep.
#18918 of 23397 Re: Rear-ended by a Suburban. [lsujeep]
Jul 25, 2005 (6:31 am)
So sorry to hear about your horrible experience. Thank goodness everyone is OK. To answer your question, it depends. It is possible to straighten the frame, but you are probably going to need a new tub as well. Without picks it's hard to say.
#18919 of 23397 Driving on Sand
Jul 25, 2005 (8:11 am)
Heading down to the outer banks next week, and am going to be taking my baby ('05 unlimited, stock ) onto the beaches north of Corolla. I've neevr driven on sand before (or dona any off roading for that matter), so I've got a few questions:
1. Any general tips you guys can give (what tire pressure to air down to, speed to maintain, 4 lo vs. 4 hi etc..)
2. What "emergency gear" should I take?
Thanks to all - Norm
#18921 of 23397 Re: Driving on Sand [normis]
Jul 25, 2005 (8:59 am)
1: When on sand you need to spread the load as widely as possible, and make sure the tires don't break traction. So about 12psi to enlarge the footprint, 4 high to lessen the torque at the wheels, maintain momentum, and drive as smoothly as possible. If you do get stuck, stop, and don't let the tires spin and sink further. Use a shovel to dig a shallow ramp for the sunken tires to climb out, and lay some mats or carpet to spread the load if available.
2: Take all the stuff mentioned on the recent thread about emergency stuff to carry, plus a narrow roll or two of carpet if you have it. A friend in another suitable vehicle would be a good idea too.
#18922 of 23397 Re: Rear-ended by a Suburban. [lsujeep]
Jul 25, 2005 (9:08 am)
Anybody know of any safety concerns due to the tire on the back?
Just the opposite I would have thought. It's effectively a big inflated rubber bumper that will absorb part of any impact.
The rear glass, like the sides, is safety glass that shatters into blunt granules which rarely causes injury.
Your vehicle sounds as though it should be physically repairable without any problem. However, whether the insurance company deems it to be a financially viable repair is something only they can make the initial decision on.
Glad to hear you're all ok.
#18923 of 23397 Re: Rear-ended by a Suburban. [lsujeep]
Jul 25, 2005 (10:04 am)
Wow, scary. Glad you're ok.
Were they on the phone? Is your jeep painted in urban camo? Drunk? Any explanation at all as to why they didn't stop? Just curious. Our traffic has been horrible here lately, and I have found myself often stuck for a minute at the end of a line. I sometimes flash my brake lights as I see folks barreling down on me.
If you heard about that terrible school bus crash in the news recently, that was in my town. I drove by within an hour or so and saw the aftermath. Being stopped at a light seems to be a really dangerous place to be.
#18924 of 23397 Re: Rear-ended by a Suburban. [lsujeep]
Jul 25, 2005 (10:09 am)
Isujeep, Very sorry to hear about your accident. I had posted recently asking about real world rear end collision experience when trying to decide between short wheel base and Unlimited. Unfortunately, you just got some. Would it be possible for you to post photos of the damage? I think they would be of general interest. My wife recently had a '94 Ranger splattered on the back of her Volvo XC90 SUV (well, Volvo and my wife think its an SUV) and with two small children I am particularly concerned about safety. Thanks!
#18925 of 23397 Re: Rear-ended by a Suburban. [lsujeep]
Jul 25, 2005 (12:58 pm)
The worst is when you see it coming in the rear view and know there's nothing you can do but take the hit. Happened to me once at a stop light, stuck in traffic. Just enough time to say "Oh, shoot." (Except I didn't say 'shoot').
Sounds like the Jeep did what it, and every other vehicle ideally, is supposed to do. Absorb the impact as best it can, and minimize injury. Glad to hear everyone's okay.
I recall (I think) we had an airbag discussion on this board recently. Would you mind offering if you and yours were wearing belts, and if the bags deplolyed?
#18926 of 23397 Re: Rear-ended by a Suburban. [lsujeep]
Jul 25, 2005 (7:01 pm)
Glad to hear that everyone is OK, and I know what you mean about missing the Jeep. We were involved in an accident in the '98 Sport when it was about 6 months old, and it took M2 about 6 weeks to get it fixed. It didn't take them that long to do the work - it took them that long to find the same rims that were on it (the Grizzly rims). I found out at Camp Jeep that they had been made by Goodyear, and they were on strike that year. It explains the fact that the off-set is different from the OEM rims (something I didn't figure out for a couple of years). Hope it takes much less time to get yours fixed.
I was amazed at how much body damage it had, and was concerned about the frame, because another car illegally tried to move into the carpool lane right in front of us without looking and we had nowhere to go. We grazed him and climbed the cement freeway divider. I was worried that we might have twisted the frame, but the Wrangler is one tough vehicle. It turned out to be over $4,000 of body damage mostly (the air bags didn't deploy - not enough of a front end collision). The neat thing about it was that we drove away while the at-fault Toyota pickup had to wait for a tow truck.
Here's hoping your Wrangler is back in your driveway soon!