Thank you all so much for your replies! The people on this forum truly are the kindest folks on the net.
First off, Janice: I don't know how I missed the thread about your accident, but I'm so sorry that happened to you, and so glad you and the pups are ok - especially poor Gabby! How frightening! It's a real bummer that your car is a write-off, but as you say, cars can be replaced. I hope you are all recovering well.
Yes, thankfully I'm unhurt and so is the van driver. (Anne: it's a cube van belonging to a construction company.
) He is insured, and despite the fact that Ontario has a no-fault insurance system, it will be his insurance rates going up, not mine. And he was charged by the police. Poor guy - I feel kind of sorry for him. He wasn't intoxicated or anything. Just a guy who lost focus at the end of his workday and made a mistake.
Toby wasn't in the truck with me, thank goodness. His pet porter would have been right there, on the driver side back seat where the guy hit. I'm so thankful my boy was safely at home! And yes, it does seem that these things always happen with new vehicles, and I seem to be a particular magnet. A couple of years ago, when my SUV was new, I got rear-ended. I was stopped at a red light minding my own business, and a guy plowed into the back of me and pushed me clear across the intersection. Speeding on wet roads, couldn't stop.
I like the bubble wrap idea.
My truck isn't totaled, but it's badly damaged. No, ArcticCat, it isn't a Ford. It's a 2012 Dodge Ram 2500 crew cab, Longhorn Edition, Cummins Turbo Diesel, and it's a beauty. It recently pulled me, Toby and an 8000 lb. travel trailer across Canada, through the Rockies all the way to Tofino and back without breaking a sweat. I love this truck. It will be fixed but it sure is a sorry sight now.