Possible Rear Frame Damage?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Petr51488, Dec 17, 2007.

  1. Petr51488

    Petr51488 LawnSite Silver Member
    from NJ
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    I was sitting at a red light for a good minute.. 3 cars in front of me.. when this lady smacks into the back of my brand new truck. She must have been going 15-20 mph. Luckily she only hit the square reciever part of the truck. I made her pull up to the bumper just to make sure that she didnt hit the actual bumper. I got out to inspect and see if anything looked cracked underneath. It looked good so i let her go, but it did put a hole in her front bumper (license plate went 1/2 way through her bumper) SHe had a nissan sentra. Now this is a 3/4 ton truck and i don't think anything could have bent, but i just wanted to know from you guys if its at all possible. Has anyone had this same situation? I mean, these things are ment to tow 13k with a decent amount on the tongue. What's your thought on this. I know i should have gotten a police report just to have down the line just incase something did look bent, but i didn't. So what do you think?
     
  2. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
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    When you say "square receiver", do you mean the hitch receiver? If so, I'd be concerned about cracks or hairline fractures. A new hitch receiver is only a couple hundred or so for piece of mind. Can you find her to get her to pay it?
     
  3. ALarsh

    ALarsh LawnSite Silver Member
    from Midwest
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    Sorry to hear about this. I guess the only thing you can do now is inspect for damage. Did you get her name and number?
     
  4. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Check carefully for cracked welding in good bright light
     
  5. Petr51488

    Petr51488 LawnSite Silver Member
    from NJ
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    Unfortunatly i didn't take any of her info. Nothing was damaged to my bumper, which was what i was mainly worried about. I looked underneath today around 11:00 pm(happened around 10:30pm), and didn't see anything. I just figured that with all the things people put these trucks though, towing wise, that a bump wouldn't really do much. I know i was wrong on my part by not taking any of her info, but like i said, nothing was scratched on my bumper so i said it was ok and let her go. I will inspect tomorrow.
     
  6. Petr51488

    Petr51488 LawnSite Silver Member
    from NJ
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    Yes the hitch receiver. I guess from now on i should keep my 3 ball hitch on there so in the future if someone does hit me, they'll hit the ball, not the bumper. I usually keep this one off only because it sticks out about a foot and a half from the bumper. Its one of those ball hitches that extends out a bit, then down, then out again for the 3 ball sizes. I actually had someone tap my hitch at the Burger King drive through, but didnt even get out to look because i had the hitch on there. You would think that with this really bright red color people would see me. I swear, their like deer in headlights when they see it.
     
  7. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
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    I was rear ended in my 2000 1/2 ton Ford. Same situation except they were doing about 35-40 in a mini van. Screwed up a lot but not the frame. I had to have the whole bed replaced. You should always get contact information in any type of collision.
     
  8. Petr51488

    Petr51488 LawnSite Silver Member
    from NJ
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    Sorry to hear that. This wasn't as bad as your situation. If i had so much as a scratch on my bumper, the police would have been called (which i know i should have done this time) and info would be exchanged. What sucks is that i have the backup sensors on my bumper, so to replace the bumper would be big $$$$ She was doing maybe 10-15mph. My head didn't jerk and hit the stearing wheel, but i felt it.
     
  9. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Dont beat yourself up over letting her go........
     
  10. TXNSLighting

    TXNSLighting LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
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    i highly doubt anything was damaged. these trucks should be built nice and tough to handle little stuff like that. and those receivers are built quite strong.
     

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