What is the deal with people nowadays? I was run off the road again today, this time in my brand spankin' new Fiero. I had just picked up my food (if you can call it that) from McDonalds and was heading down the road when the guy next to me merged into my lane without checking to see if anyone was there. He forced me up onto the sidewalk, and the impact with the curb destroyed two of my tires and scarred the hell out of one of my wheels. No damage to the car itself, thankfully, but AGAIN since he did not hit me it's "my" fault. Last time this happened I swore I'd just let the jerk hit me, but you just can't help but try to avoid an accident. It's a reflex thing. Anyway, he pulled over, apologized, helped me put the spare on and followed me to Les Schwab to get my car fixed up. He wants to pay for it himself (of course). He claims he just purchased his vehicle (it's a newer Suzuki Grand Vitara/Sidekick thing) and that insurance doesn't kick in until Monday. He was not even carrying a valid driver's license. He did have a state issued ID card which I wrote down all of the info on, as well as his license plate number. Despite the fact that I always preach to call the cops no matter what someone says in a situation like this, I didn't. I figure it will work like this: If I call the cops they're going to fine him a few hundred bucks and he won't pay me. Then I'm stuck paying the $500 deductable on my insurance. If I don't call the cops, maybe he will pay me and I won't be completely screwed. The bill is going to look like this: $300: new tires $100: alignment $150-$350: new alloy wheel What are you thoughts? Do I file a police report anyway, knowing that since he didn't actually hit me they will simply let him go? Or do I just sit here and hope he pays me back? Another issue that bothers me is, how the hell does he not have insurance, if he has a new vehicle? Unless you pay cash, it's impossible. I know where he bought the vehicle, it had a dealer license frame thing on it. Do I get ahold of them and try to find out who his insurance company is, then file a claim with them? What are my options? ------------------ -Ryan (http://www.ryanwright.com ) Before you criticize someone, walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you do criticize them, you'll be a mile away and you'll have their shoes.