Thursday, February 2nd I was driving to work on I39 North at 4:30 in the morning. It was still dark and I was just north of the exit ramp for Maple Ridge Rd in Mosinee when I saw a flash right behind the car slightly ahead of me in the left lane. I didn't realize what it was until I slammed into it going 70mph. As it was barrell rolling through the air in front of me I got a look at it, a small doe had run out in front of me. When it hit the ground it rolled some more and I pulled carefully and safely over to the side of the highway as far as I could. When I stopped, my heart was pounding and I was afraid to get out to inspect the damage. I was in the SUV that Josh and I just bought in August. I was not only afraid to see how much damage I had done, I was also scared that I would find deer blood and body parts all over the front of my car. When I finally got up the courage, which seemed like a long time, but wasn't, I got out and called Josh. He asked if it was drivable which I thought it was, but I wasn't quite sure. He wanted to come check it out, but I didn't want him bringing Mia out so I asked if he could just give me the Marathon County non-emergency number. I called in the accident and they sent out an officer in the area.
While I waited for the officer I tried to reach Bryan to let him know I'd be late, but he didn't answer his cell phone, the studio phone or his desk phone, and didn't reply to my text either so I just kept trying. I finally got in touch with him when the officer pulled up. He used his flashlight, a tool that I did not have, but will from now on, to check out the damage. He thought I could at least get it to Wausau and to a body shop. Once the report was written up I was off to work.
Of course we had to talk about my misfortune on the air, so I asked where I should go to have the work done. The place with the most amount of votes was BRB Autobody in Rothschild. I've seen their trucks around town, but I wasn't sure where to find them, luckily they have an ad on our website so I just clicked on it to go to their website where I found a map to their location. When I saw it on the map I realized I used to go to the dentist right near BRB.
I called BRB Autobody to set up an appointment to get an estimate and they got me in right away. In the meantime I called my insurance company and let them know what was going on, but after that initial phone call BRB took care of any other communication with my insurance company.
My mom just happened to be in Rothschild that day for an interview so I met her for lunch at Denny's then she and I scooted right down XX past Harley Davidson of Wausau and you can't miss their bright yellow and orange sign out front.
Jason took a look at my damage and told me that I shouldn't drive it and offered me a loaner car, but why use theirs when Josh and I have an extra vehicle? My mom just drove me home on her way home.
BRB got back to me with the estimate within a couple hours, $4714.32!! They got the parts ordered right away and told me they'd start working on it on Monday. They mailed me a detailed list of repairs and costs. They took care of everything with my insurance company and they told me they'd have it done by February 16th.
If you ever have the misfortune of hitting a deer, and lets face it you live in rural Wisconsin it's bound to happen, head to BRB Autobody your complete auto body & paint professionals.