“Framed” in a minor fender bender
A picture says a lot, so look at the photo above of my Camry’s bumper after a fender bender last week. Connect the dots. It’s a perfect outline of a spiked license plate frame available at most big-box retailers for about $10. Absent that frame from the front of the SUV that rear-ended me, there would have been zero damage to my car.
I was slowing down for a traffic light, and (obviously) the guy in the SUV behind me was not slowing enough. The impact sucked the license plate frame right off his car and embedded it into my car’s bumper. No injuries, other than the six fire ant bites I got standing in the dirt on the roadside to exchange insurance information.
We’re always talking about knowing your risks. A “dangerous” license plate frame is on no one’s risk list. But there are 23 holes in my bumper (yeah, I counted ‘em), and the punctures go all the way through. If that SUV’s front bumper had been frameless, changes are pretty good we would have both counted ourselves lucky and driven away without being introduced.
My car is barely a year old, and I don’t want an aerated bumper, so I filed an insurance claim. The at-fault driver was very nice, took responsibility – and decided he wasn’t going to put that frame back on his front fender.