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Old 07-28-2009, 03:44 PM
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Insurance totaled it so I couldn't keep anything other then personal property that was in it
Damn, I was gonna' call dibs on the rims...

Glad you came out unscathed.

My first wreck in my '84 Civic was pretty intense and I was fortunately able to walk away.

Happened in 1989 while driving home one night from the girlfriend's place. Raining and late on 71 South in Columbus OH. I was in the far left lane, nearing the Hudson exit. Needed to get over to the far right and actually make the exit but an on coming car was too close so I waited for them to pass.

Unfortunately the car did not pass.

The unlicensed and uninsured driver (immigrant) in his once bright and shiny 300ZX Turbo apparently got wheel spin attempting to accelerate past me and very nicely planted his front bumper squarely into my passenger's door after spinning sideways from the wheelspin. This brought us around to a sideways skid for me with him chasing me down the freeway.

The 300ZX chased me to the curb and in spite of my best efforts to steer out of the skid I could not. I collected a concrete abutment and light pole across the A pillar of my car. The light pole cracked off and bounced off the 300ZX with minimal damage. My A pillar came in about 4-6 inches and the driver's door was an easy 4 inches in to the frame.

My Civic was still running, radio never missed a beat, and the lights were still on. I'd managed to exit my car in a reverse "Dukes of Hazzard" maneuver so quickly (all those hours getting in and out of cars with roll cages at the track paid off ) that the folks stopping to assist thought I was surely ejected on to the freeway. I was simply of the mindset to get out and clear the car ASAP in case of any ignition or similar mayhem following the wreck.

Fortunately I was safe and the only thing ejected was my beloved old school Escort (the big aluminum case original type) that somehow managed to exit the vehicle without busting my skull wide open like a can opener. I walked away with a tiny bit of glass in my eyes, small abrasions/cuts on my wrists from the glass, and bruised knees from where they banged together on impact. That little Civic did its job quite well sacrificing its life for mine.

After convincing people that I was okay and really the driver of the now compacted Civic, I went to find the sheepish acting driver and passenger of the 300ZX still in their vehicle wondering what to do.

Low point of the evening? Other than totaling my car to the dumb a$$ driving of this kid endowed with more money then sense (uncle bought him the car and then the kid lost his license the next month) - having to sit in the back of the cruiser and help the driver fill out the accident report since he could barely speak English and definitely could not write it.

High point of the evening? The rather literal police officer turning to the 300ZX driver, asking him "if his uncle had a lot of money", and then saying "good thing, 'cause you just bought Mr. Flowers' car..."

The tow truck driver was a big old sweaty guy chewing on a cigar that could have easily been an Eddie Murphy movie character. Pretty damn funny & scary at the same time. I remember he slipped the controls on the lift and my Civic fell about a foot down without any restriction. The operator looked at me and with a guttural laugh said "Guess it don't matter much now..." as the tinkle of fog light glass falling to the pavement emphasized the mortality of the car.

In reality I had to go out and finance a new car while this joker was put on a pay forever reimbursement plan by Nationwide. Literally several years later my Dad gets a check in the mail with the final payoff from Nationwide for the incident following the final payment by the 300ZX driver. Nice, this after my rates go up for being in an accident and financing a new car.

But in the end, just being able to be one of the lucky ones that simply walked away from a bad wreck made the financial hassle all seem petty.
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Old 07-28-2009, 03:51 PM
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Always glad to hear about "safe" accidents. Great story, told even better!
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Old 07-28-2009, 04:37 PM
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I had an '86 CRX Si that I really loved. A 17 year old kid in his Mom's Hyundai tried to make a left directly into my path at a light. I guess he somehow didn't see me at all. It was a virtual head-on at about 45 mph. Huge impact. The spare tire ejected itself from the well in back. The Honda sacrificed itself well...the floor was like an accordian under my feet. I had an abrasion on my knee from the dash but that's all.

Next morning I was so stiff and sore I could barely move. I had black and blue stripes on my torso from the seat belts. Hyundai boy, who was not on his Mom's insurance, went to the hospital with a ruptured spleen and other injuries. It's good that he was unconscious when I got to his car because i wanted to beat the living crap out of him. I loved that car!
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Old 07-28-2009, 06:22 PM
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My worst wrecks don't even compare to some of the stories already posted so I'll keep them brief:

1. 16 y/o, had been driving for about 2 months, understeer'd a '73 beetle into a parked Ford Tempo at about 40 MPH... I got a permanent tattoo on my forehead as a reminder, VW was scrapped. The Ford won that one.


2. Years later I was crossing Imperial Hwy when I was t-boned on the passenger side by a pickup truck doing about 80 MPH. Glass everywhere! Didn't see him coming at all, so maybe it was my fault too. If I wasn't in a land yacht of a Buick, I wouldn't be writing this right now.

Although I wouldn't wish a crash on anyone, I think each experience we have makes us better drivers in the long run. Or at least more attentive.
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Old 07-29-2009, 02:51 PM
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daaaaaammmnnn... good thing you were driving a MINI good to have you here in one piece
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Old 07-29-2009, 03:35 PM
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I was 16 driving home late at night and a old van (the kind that had a nice mural on the side of a sci-fi chick in heat) turns left in front of me. Full size van vs. 69 beetle, interesting results.
Mind you, this is all hearsay as to this day (30+ years later) I still have no recollection of the accident.
Van hit the left front wheel bending it 90 degrees. I must have braced hard and bent the steering wheel 90 degrees and took it down to the center of the car as the dash board came down across my knees. I have pics of the car somewhere and it's amazing I came out of it - especially after being cut out the car!
The only thing I remember is being in the hospital asking for water as they tried force a tube down my throat - only to be told - no water before surgery. 3 days later after waking up from a mild coma, I have a huge scar on my stomach where they went in and took my spleen. Other than that, no broken bones and only a few cuts. But no situps for abut 3 months after that!
One interesting note - there was a song by KISS (yeah it was the 70's) where there is a car wreck in the middle of the song - guess what was playing in my 8track at the time? Verified as I reconnected it to my dad's car later to see if the thing still worked and this song had stopped at the moment of impact both in real life and in the song!
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Old 07-29-2009, 04:12 PM
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Whoa...thats Cosmic on the song...
I've just got a story of a friend of mine who had a 18-Wheeler pull out in front of him on the highway doing about 50kms/hour. Needless to say with the traffic on the road my buddy had no where to go and ended up slicing his MINI into pieces by way of the Tractor Trailer. He ended up with a broken left ankle and broken right hand (shifting hand and Clutch foot). He is still in hospital right now recovering.
His MINI gave its life for his...and when his girlfriend asked about the car when she called up the wrecking yard...they asked which part...
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Old 07-29-2009, 04:30 PM
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I was pretty lucky this past weekend with hitting a deer and not having it kill me by landing in my lap at 65mph.
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Old 07-29-2009, 04:47 PM
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As everyone is sharing all the grisly details, I will too.

The accident happened about 4 years ago. We, the (still) wife and I, were on our way home from a birthday party in Mortimer (2004 MCS) and a friend was following in his MCS.

We were travelling with 160km/h (100mph) on the left lane of a two lane autobahn. yes, legally and that's a common travelling speed if the road conditions allow that.
We approached a junction and closed on a tractor-trailer rig on the right lane. Those rigs usually go about 90km/h but are only allowed to go 80. So as we closed on to the junction I saw another rig approaching on the on-ramp and roughly 2km before the on-ramp the rig in front of me pulled onto the left lane without looking or blinking.
I slammed the brakes and tried to avoid a collision by swerving onto the right hand lane, but hit the trailer with the left corner of the mini. The impact spun me around anti-clockwise and I fell across the tensioned seatbelt which broke my sternum. We came to a stand still next to the crash barrier on the shoulder after 2 1/2 rotations. The wife escaped with a bruise from the seat belt and our friend missed our spinning MINI and the fishtailing trailer by a couple of centimeters and escaped unharmed.

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Old 07-30-2009, 06:58 PM
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Last Mother's Day I was driving home from Cinci. It was raining when I started my way home. The trip was going well. I traveled the speed limit with the rest of traffic. An hour into my trip, in KY, I came to some construction and they had those concrete walls up along the left side of the road. The Interstate was two lanes at the point and the pavement in the right lane was a bit ruff, so I was staying in the left lane. I passed a truck and so had sped up a bit so I could get passed him since he was spraying of water and making it hard to see.

It all happened quickly. The concrete walls were affecting the drainage on the road. All of a sudden I hit a sheet of water and Alfie started to spin out of control. I tried to recover and could do nothing. I spun around at least twice across the two lanes of highway and hit the grass on the right. When I hit the grass, I continued to slide and then started to roll down the hill. I rolled over a couple times and came to rest in a grassy drainage ditch full of water, upside-down, at a 45 angle, pointing down with my engine compartment totally under water.

Thankfully I always where my four point harness. I hung upside down in my seat and thought OMG I am under water…. Am I in a lake? Am I sinking? I need to get out of here… am I going to drown? I found the release button for my harness and fell into the roof (now the floor) and looked around for my phone. The water outside was up 2/3 of the way of my side windows. I wasn’t sure what to do. I found my phone thinking I needed to call someone to come help me. I looked out the small bit of passenger side window that was above water and looked up at the highway. I was pretty far from the road and down low… I thought, “What if no one knows I am here…. What am I going to do?”

Then I heard some people coming and I heard a guy say we “I’ll kick in the window” and he kicked the driver’s side window. I yell “wait wait! Don't kick in the window!” let me try opening the door. I didn’t want to break the window if it didn’t need to be broken. I opened the door and water rushed in as they pulled me from the car.

yadda yadda yadda....

I fought to not have Alfie totaled. If they had found all the electrical problems with the initial inspection they would have totally my beloved car. Luckily for me I managed to get Alfie fixed up good as new, though it took a very long time.

I still have a bit of an issue about driving in the rain, but I am working on it.
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Old 07-30-2009, 07:17 PM
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I'm glad Molly's alright too. It was her accident and my losing my job 6 days earlier (the day after returnning home from MOTD) that put us on the path to our relationship.
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Old 07-30-2009, 08:55 PM
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Two negatives do equal a positive, my math teachers were right after all.
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Glad every one was able to keep on keepin on.
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Old 07-30-2009, 10:31 PM
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i escaped my teen years with only one minor fender bender...

thought my 90 accord was a race car, and went screaming around a turn. I realized I was going too fast and was going to end up sliding into oncoming traffic, so I panicked and slammed on the brakes. First time doing that in a car without ABS. I came to a stop in the other lane, where an oncoming car didn't stop fast enough, and ran into the front of my car.

just a grill and a new bumper for the car that hit me, and a new bumper for my car and all was good.
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