June 19, 2007


I think I'll cancel all my insurance, and forget about ever renewing my driver's license ever again! Seems to be of no consequence, despite all that claptrap you hear about "laws" and stuff like that. Tsk--silly people!

Yep--as you can probably guess, I'm still in the process of being worked over as if I were some sort of golden-haired Grecian slave boy in a den of randy catamites.

I checked a State of Mississippi DMV website yesterday, and it seems the driver's license number on the accident report comes back as an invalid number. Sure, it could be a simple computer error, but given the fact that the person who hit me now refuses to answer her phone or return calls, and given the fact that I attempted to contact the ONLY family [listed in the phone book--Ed.] who carries her surname in Smithdale, Mississippi, and they disavowed any knowledge of anyone with her given name or any knowledge of a 1996 Chevrolet Silverado, and did so in a most peculiarly confrontation way, well, I just have a feeling that the driver's license thing is only a part of a wider-ranging pattern of misbehavior.

I have to say, this is most uncomfortable.

ANYway, I have actual paying work I have to get done this morning, so all of you keep yourselves entertained for a few minutes while I get that wrapped up.

[Edited 6-20-07 to remove license number since it could potentially be valid, and to note that the phone book doesn't necessarily reflect the ENTIRETY of the population of a particular town.]

Posted by Terry Oglesby at June 19, 2007 07:28 AM

Perhaps the local gendarmes that took the accident report would like to be aware of your difficulties contacting this driver. Maybe they would like to re-contact that person for some further writing- in their citation book, for not having their papers correct.

And that might help get you the real information you need.

Posted by: Nate at June 19, 2007 08:03 AM

I already tried that once--they seemed genuinely disinterested.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at June 19, 2007 08:05 AM

Ouch! Chapter 2 isn't getting off to a very good start. Time for an attorney's help? I hate lawyers (the profession, not necessarily the people). I hope your situation improves, but it doesn't sound good.

Posted by: BillW at June 19, 2007 08:20 AM

The cops won't care much, particularly as they would have to track down information on an out-of-state driver. You could complain to the Police Chief about the sloppy work performed by the officer at the scene of the accident, but it would not help you with what's coming up.

This seems to be one of those bad situations where you'll have to trust the Lord will not only see you through (hopefully not too painfully wallet-wise) but will give the ... ahem ... scofflaw her just desserts. And I don't mean ice cream.

Hopefully the good that can come out of this is your loyal and devoted readers will take extra time to get the right information after a car accident and not rely on the police officer to get everything right.

Posted by: Marc V at June 19, 2007 08:39 AM

I like lawyers, Bill, but I can't think of anyone who would be willing to pursue this, seeing as how they'd have to rely on recovering their fee from the other driver, and that potential seems frighteningly low.

If only she'd ruined my pants, I could sue her for $59 million.

Marc, I think my only hope of enforcement concern is going to be with the state. We have to file a report anytime there is property damage over $250, and if the other party does not properly file, she would be in danger of losing her (invalid) license. But maybe with the state on my side, I might be able to eek out some compensation. Or not.

As for getting accurate information, I should have asked for something, but even then might have been fooled, too. One thing to remember is a person might have what appears to be a valid insurance card, but there are some people who will only have insurance long enough to get that card with the nice expiration date on it, then turn around and cancel their insurance. They've got no insurance, but since apparently the police don't check to see if a card is valid, it appears they're clear. And same thing with the driver's license. She would have given me the same information as she gave the cop, but I would have had no way of knowing it wasn't legit until later.

Seems law enforcement agencies would be interested in doing a bit more checking at the scene to make sure driver's licenses, registration, and insurance are all valid. You know, being tasked with enforcing laws and all.

Yeah, I know--silly me.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at June 19, 2007 09:21 AM

Man, I was so lucky with my little escapade last month. My bright bulb decided to make a left turn across oncoming traffic. Fortunately with a sharp right turn and my standing on the brakes we only had rubbed fenders. She has insurance and I just got the check last week.

Posted by: Sarah G. at June 19, 2007 09:46 AM

Well, I'm glad to hear it worked out, Sarah. Good thing it wasn't a lot worse, too. It pays to drive defensively.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at June 19, 2007 10:02 AM


Sorry about the incident. www.zaba~search~.com is a

good way to try to find people. Even in other states.

Thanks for your blog

Sine Nomine

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Posted by: Sine Nomine at June 19, 2007 12:35 PM

Thanks, Sine--yes, I've thought about going that route, and it may come to that. I do have some leverage in that I know she's a UAB student and works at Brookwood.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at June 19, 2007 12:46 PM