A body in motion tends to remain in motion, unless acted upon by an outside force.

Poor car.  I was southbound on Highway 99, just north of Fowler a little before 10:30 pm Sunday night.  Construction closed the right two lanes, leaving only the fast lane usable.  The car in front of me braked hard, and pulled into the center divider to avoid a vehicle stopped due to traffic.  I also braked hard, and avoided any collision.  I heard tires squalling behind me, however, and was suddenly hit on the right rear quarter panel by a late 70’s model Chevrolet Blazer.  The above was the damage to my car, the only real damage to the Blazer was a punctured tire.

We were only yards from a CHP unit working the construction detail, and he walked over to us and then had us pull off the freeway to a Chevron station in Fowler to await for another unit to take a report.  The same officer showed up a few minutes later, and said he’d take the report, as all the other units were busy.  He was a very pleasant CHP sergeant.

No injuries in either vehicle, and both of us are insured, so repairs should be nothing more than an annoyance and inconvenience.

This is the second time this car has been hit by someone.  In 2008, less than a year after I bought it, I was rear-ended.  In San Francisco.

Yeah, I know, who would have thought?

This accident ended up costing over $5,000 to fix.  No telling what tonight’s little bump and grind will end up costing the insurance company.

Once is a fluke.  Twice, a coincidence.  Three times is a pattern.  Two down.

(that HRC sticker doesn’t look like a target, does it?)