So I got rear-ended 3 weeks ago.<p>A guy in a Thunderbird 79 stopped real close, good thing I always keep a good distance in front, so when I was stopped in traffic and saw he had a hard time stopping, I released the brake pedal and got inches to the car in front.<p>Just when the car in front started moving again, I can see the guy in the T-Bird get hit real bad (he got whiplash) and in turn his full-steel body 1 1/2 tone ramrod hit me not so fast, but with the might of it's mass and dang I sure felt it.<p>Turns out some chick in a 2008 Civic had rear-ended him at a pretty nice speed. So her car was trashed, she hit the steering wheel (bizarrely the air bag did not deploy) and she broke her nose.<p>The T-bird had of course just a bit of damage, but the driver got whiplashed and went to the hospital after that (so told me the chick's insurance).<p>I personally did not have any injury. The rear-fender had a bit of bruising but not too much.<p>Turns out the steel sub-frame took the energy of the impact and got deformed as expected, and that cost the young lady's insurance about $4000 to fix.<p>The body shop had to chop off the subframe parts, weld new ones, paint and detail. <p>I am picking up my S60 tomorrow. I was under the impression they considered totaling, but since it is an 02 with not a lot of miles on it (something like 65K), I guess it would have been more expensive this way.<p>I can't wait.<p>But that's a good testimony of the solidity of Volvos.<p>FYI, I took the same exact hit with my Toyota in September and it was trashed.