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Hi, I was wondering if I might be able to receive some help from this site. I was in a car accident and I cannot understand what happened. My question is this. I was hit by a Pontiac 4-door sedan, a Trans Am, I think. She says that she was going 30 to 35 miles an hour. My car is totaled in the back- the rear bumper has dis-attached, there is a huge hole in the side of my car, both of the tinted, attached windows were shattered and popped out onto the street after I was sent spinning and the axle on my rear tires snapped, such that my tire and the portion that connected it to the axle was actually disconnected from the car and the rest of the axle. Not to mention things inside the van that were crushed. Can you tell me, are these really the kind of damage you see when a 4 door pontiac runs into a van at 30 miles per hour? I just really need some help here. Any would be appreciated. Thank you and have a nice day! If it is possible not to list this publicly right now, that would be great. I don

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Patty Streeter,  at AskPatty.com Many vehicles today are built of light weight steel and the entire part or piece or crumple zones usually cannot be repaired the entire section or panel will need to be replaced. If the sub-frame is damaged behind this part or panel the repair cost is even higher for these support frame parts to be replaced. Your best bet is to go here and get two estimates: http://www.certifiedfirst.com/find/ Or use a AAA certified auto body shop. This will give you a good and fair estimate of the cost to replace the damage. You can also review the crash test rating for your vehicle here: http://www.safercar.gov/ and here: http://www.iihs.org/ratings/

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