jetblue777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 1429 posts, RR: 1 Posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2250 times:
It could be any kind of accident (car, plane, boat, etc)
I've been on several accidents in my short life,
5 Years Old - We were on the seaport dropping off my grandmother for her trip onboard some ship and the car door was open and I placed my hand on the side when my cousin suddenly closed the door and...yeah you get the idea. I was rushed to the hospital, bleeding and the result wasn't too nice...My right thumb is now shorter than my left thumb, kinda funny but tragic lol.
6 Years Old - Kayak accident, less serious, but I was trapped under the kayak and since I was small the life jacket didn't help that much. Some lifeguard saved me and my dad..
7 Years Old - My cousin (it's a different cousin LOL) Took me biking, I was on the front and he was on the pedals, and the bike hit some rock and we fell, I broke my radius and ulna (right arm) and had to go through an operation, it was pretty bad actually. I was wearing a cast for a couple of months and I had some allergic reaction to the cast because I kept scratching my arm because it was so itchy!
8 Years Old - (I'm anemic) So I faint a lot when I'm stressed out, I fainted once in 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th and 9th grade. But the worst one was in 2nd grade when it happened on the staircase. As you can imagine, when I fainted, I fell one floor down, when I woke up I was on the hospital.
So, yeah, I was on numerous accidents/incidents when I was a child and I'm still here - strong and alive. lol
Speedbird741 From Portugal, joined Aug 2008, 654 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2219 times:
I have not been in many. However, of the few, one was quite serious. It was in Luanda (Angola) and my parents, brothers, a couple of family friends, and I went fishing barracudas off the coast of Luanda. As usual we left at about 4 pm of Saturday, fished for four hours, and when we were coming back it was already completely dark. As we knew there was a strom coming we tried to rush on home, but the sea was already choppy. The route home takes us around a long mass of sand called 'ponta da ilha', and the final part of that mass is rather large and low lying. As night had already fallen and the sea was choppy, it became impossible to recognize that mass of sand. We hit that mass of sand head on. We were travelling quite fast, we were about fifteen inside the boat, and it was not pretty. The boat was right in the middle of the mass o sand, there was absolutely no way for us to move it, and we were in the middle of nowhere really. We had to call home for some people to come and help us.
Thankfully, no one was seriously hurt aside from bruises and minor scratches, and the boat also sustained no damage. Scariest bit of my life.
Boa noite Faro, Air Portugal 257 climbing flight level 340
Quokka From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2187 times:
1966 heading towards Hamburg, Germany on the Autobahn as a passenger. Rainy conditions, sudden breaking and seven car pile-up. Fortunately I was wearing a seat-belt, but my sister who was sitting behind me wasn't. She came flying forward and I felt acute pain in my back. I suffered a spinal fracture. After being carefully removed from the vehicle I spent several weeks recovering in the hospital in Winsen an der Luhe. The upshot was that I did get to see on TV England v Germany in the cup final.
Fast forward to 2006, driving on unsealed road east of Ravensthorpe, Western Australia. Tyre blows out and as I decelerate the wheel catches in a rut and hits a partially exposed rock. The car spun around and rolled over, coming to rest the right way up but the wrong way round. The car was a write-off but neither passengers nor myself were injured. They sure build the passenger cell in Subaru Foresters well.
Springbok747 From Australia, joined Nov 2004, 4387 posts, RR: 13 Reply 3, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2155 times:
Twice..both hit from behind..and both in the same car.
2007 - Guy in a brand new Audi A4 hit me from behind while I was at a stop sign, his reason - he didn't see the sign, he ended up with most of the damage though..his car was smashed..I only suffered minor damage (bent number plate, fixed up in no time).
2010 (January) - Same situation. Stupid P-plater (she was 19, and texting on her phone). Same outcome..no damage to my car... her car was written off...serves her right
CPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 5754 posts, RR: 4 Reply 4, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2141 times:
Not sure if it'd qualify as an accident as such (though it was eventually declared one), but I was involved in the fatal crowd crush at Roskilde Festival 2000. Not sure I'd call it the most intense crowd pressure I've ever experienced (RATM a few years earlier was insane), but you couldn't move an inch in the crowd, nor was anyone able to push themselves out of it. Usually you're always able to move backwards and get out, but this time you had to go crowdsurfing if you wanted to get out.
Aaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 7735 posts, RR: 27 Reply 5, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2120 times:
Had a pretty scary moment one night in 2001. Was driving back home a couple hours after a Halloween party at a friend's house in San Francisco (big mistake). It was around 2-3 AM, not really sure, but I was way too sleepy to be driving. Somewhere on Highway 24 between Oakland and Walnut Creek, I started nodding off and woke up to a loud *BANG*. I hit a piece of cinderblock that was lying on the shoulder line near the fast lane, and blew out my left rear tire. Somehow I got my wits about me and crossed four lanes of traffic into the slow lane shoulder while retaining control of the car. I was doing at least 70 mph when I hit the block, so I very well could have been seriously injured. Still wonder how I got out of that one! And I certainly never drove at that time of night when tired ever again.
If you need someone to blame / throw a rock in the air / you'll hit someone guilty
AR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 4924 posts, RR: 27 Reply 6, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2088 times:
1. I was 15, horse backriding on competition. I was training the horse, he did not identify an oxer and tripped and fell. Thanks to inertia, I fell forward first but the horse was falling just behind me was coming, rolling , eventually falling upside down on my left knee, saddle first. 4 surgeries later, I still walk funny on cold days.
2. 2004, I was going home on a Lincoln Continental Town car, it was raining and I lost control. Panicked, hit the brakes and started rolling. Hit two concrete electricitiy lights. Woke up with the firemen getting me out of the car with the jaws of life. Total loss, the car.
3. 1995, A case for peer pressure. My school group wnet to an ice skating ring. I did not want to go into it. So everybody started calling me names, etc. So I put on the skates and got in. One time around the ring and I fall down on my shoulder, dislocating it. Boy, is that painful. Two surgeries later, I can tell when the weather is going to change.
4. MTY-CUN on 6A with my girlfriend, 1997. 727-200 full plane, engine number 2 blows up at close to V1. Evacuation through slides. Chaffed my butt and the underside of my legs to the point I had to sleep facedown for a week. Those people who fly on shorts and flip-flops, I wonder what will happen to their skin if they have to go down an airliner slide.
5. Attacked by angry person with fish fileting knife. But that one I´ll rather not talk about.
Maverick623 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 4776 posts, RR: 6 Reply 7, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2059 times:
I once tapped the fender of a car in front of me that had slammed on their brakes because some f*cking moron pulled out in front of her. No damage, no injuries.
I had a very close call once.... I was driving on the I-10 westbound at the Short Stack, when a car came flying up on me at about 90MPH (that curve is dangerous at 70MPH). He went to pass me on my right, and lost control and spun around 3 or 4 times, eventually hitting the outside guardrail backwards, ejecting the rear-seat passenger (he walked away with a few cuts) and tossing the front-seat passenger into the back seat (she was taken away by ambulance). The only reason I didn't get taken out is because I floored it when he lost traction. To this day (almost 4 years later) there's still a rut in the pavement where his car tore it up.
Oh, and I was supposed to be on US1549, but the flight was oversold, so I changed it the day before... but didn't tell anyone. Last time I'll ever do that....
KiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 5417 posts, RR: 3 Reply 8, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2056 times:
Just wondering how you can be "on" an accident, people are usually "in" an accident.
I've been rear-ended 3 times, the last one was the most serious, my wife was nearly full term with our second child, she spent a week in hospital under observation. The idiot who hit us wasn't charged, didn't lose his license, got away with it, when I asked the police what they intended to do they said he ended up in critical care for a couple of weeks isn't that punishment enough? Typical Norwegian answer IMO, justice in this country is about as rough as being smacked over the knuckles with a wet bus ticket.
stratosphere From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 1621 posts, RR: 3 Reply 9, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2039 times:
When I worked with my dad in his business in East Hanover NJ I was driving home one day past the small East Hanover Airport and I head a loud crash and looked in my rear view mirror and saw a Cessna 150 had crashed right behind me in the middle of the street which was parallel to the runway. I pulled over but it engulfed in flames already it had a single pilot on board. If it had been 2 seconds earlier it would have come down on the roof of my car.
MasterBean From UK - England, joined Apr 2010, 181 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1989 times:
Did a 180 degree spin in the car on ice narrowly missing a telegraph pole. I was only doing 35mph but doing that backwards and with no control is pretty scary.
Oh and I fell off my motorbike a few weeks ago. I only got it a week before and thought I was a dude, approached a roundabout at about 40mph went to lean in to the bend and just kept leaning until I was sliding along the tarmac. Bike now has a bent right handlebar and bent back brake lever but I managed to escape with a bruise and that's it. I now officially dislike roundabouts.
GrahamHill From France, joined Mar 2007, 2539 posts, RR: 1 Reply 11, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1924 times:
I put my car on the roof... That was the only car accident I suffered in 14 years of driving.
It was on Saturday October 19th, 2002. Around 4:30 in the morning. I was coming back home from the pub where I'd been working all evening long. My father was with me in the pub, as there was a Blues band performing that day. When the pub closed, my father and I took different routes. He chose the main road while I took the secondary one, very twisty and narrow, the kind of rally road I enjoy. Since it was 4:30 AM, I genuinely thought that no car would come in front (it was in the countryside, close to my town) and I decided to "push" the car a little bit. I was driving quite fast when a car appeared suddenly from a turn downhill, towered with earth banks. I did not see it coming as the guy was not in headlights on full beam, just with the low ones. I was maybe at 80 or 90 kph at that moment. I did a quick move with the steering wheel to put my car on the right in order avoid the collision. The right wheels went on the patch of grass on the edge of the road and, since I had a lot of momentum, my car started to skid from the rear. I tried to countersteer left and right several times to put it back on tracks, but I definitely had too much momentum and I eventually hit the earth bank on the right. The impact angle combined with the speed put the car upside down and I landed on the roof.
I took me few seconds to recover and realise that I had been involved in a car accident. When I regain consciousness, I unfasted my seat belt and of course I smashed my head on the roof (well, now it was the floor) and got out of the car. The lad I just avoided stopped and came to ask if everything was alright, so I reassured him. His girlfriend, seeing that I was alright came to me and said something like "thank God you're not injured, I'm so happy there is no blood!" Indeed there was no blood. My little Renault Clio had been very strong and my seat belt probably save my life - or at least prevented critical injuries. My cervical vertebrae were a bit sore the next day, but that was all.
I apologised to the guy for being such a moron driving that fast on a small road. I called my father who came straight away. The car was in the middle of the road, so we called the tow truck and once the road was clear everybody went home. The damage on the car could have been repaired, but the costs were too great so we preferred to get the cash from the insurance company and buy a brand new one.
My car had been registered on October 19th, 2001. I crashed it on October 19th, 2002. Happy first birthday, Clio.
"A learned fool is more foolish than an ignorant one" - Moliere
CplKlinger From United States of America, joined Oct 2010, 145 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1808 times:
New Years Eve 2001 - I was just finishing making a delivery for an ice company I worked for during the summer and breaks, and when I came up on an intersection, the light changed (and still does, to this very day) extremely fast, and I was right at the white line, no chance of stopping (I weighed better than 19,000 lbs gross). A lady decided to try and jump with the light and I caught her square in the drivers side front wheel, spun her into a ditch. Luckily, at this intersection happens to be a city fire station, and an ambulance was waiting at the light. They had her out of the car in and in back before I even had time to get out of the truck. I totaled her Camaro, but my Freightliner FL70 was basically undamaged, other than needing a new hood since I cracked it in the accident. I was unhurt, and I think she had some minor injuries, but she tried to make it a huge deal with one of those shady PI attorneys. Sued the company for like $1.2 million, but it settled out of court.
A few weeks ago - I was skiing at Perfect North, trying out a run for the first time. So naturally, I was taking it slow to get a good handle on the run. I heard him first, a snowboarder came up from behind me and smashed me pretty good. I remember going up in the air and landing on my upper back first, then my legs came down. Since my legs came down perpendicular to the ground, I didn't come out of my bindings when I landed at first, so my legs took a lot of shock impact. When my wife caught up, I was still struggling to catch my breath, took about 1 minute. My legs ached so bad that I walked down a fair bit of the hill before skiing the rest of the way down. The part that peeves me the most: the guy never stopped, nor did his buddies . Since they were on sale last week in the loft shop, I got a decent helmet that I now wear when I go. It took about 2 weeks to shake the hurt out from that one.
ShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 13, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1748 times:
Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 8): Just wondering how you can be "on" an accident, people are usually "in" an accident.
So, it wasn't just me then.
Anyway, only two accidents for me. First one was my fault. I was ridding a 50cc Scooter at the time and was approaching a stop sign. While braking, I was a little too aggressive on the front brake and the pavement was just a little bit too oily. I went down on my right side. My eye protection (I wasn't wearing a helmet) cut my eyebrow and I had a lot of bruising on my right side. After picking myself up and explaining to the super hot chick that showed up out of no where to rush to my aid that I was quite alright, I rode that scooter home.
The second I was rear-ended on the interstate. Traffic in the right lane had come to a standstill due to the left lane being closed about a mile ahead and traffic at that point not quite getting the concept of merging. I was at the end of this line when a teenager driving her mother's car (with mother and sister in said car) didn't see me or any of the other stopped vehicles. Thankfully, for me at least, the vehicle ahead of me had begun moving and was far enough ahead to prevent me from being sandwiched in between.
lhr380 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 14, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1739 times:
2 involving buses, and 2 involving a car
First Bus. Sat on the bus going down Princes Parkway in Manchester, someone chucked a brick thru the window just after the door, freaked the living daylights out of me seeing this window shatter. Thankfully the lady sat at the seat there was not hurt that badly. 2nd bus, again along said road it started to go round the roundabout into the city and the car in front decided it was not going to go and slammed the brakes on. We hit it, and all went flying, I ended up on the floor as I had nothing to hold onto, as did a few others who were standing getting ready to get off at the other side of the roundabout. That was fun.
Car 1 was when i was a kid. Chasing my sister on our bikes on a very quiet part of the estate we lived on in a RAF base, she crossed the road, and I followed about 5 seconds later, only to be hit side on by a brand new car JUST out of the showroom. Thankfully I was wearing a helmet. I caused a nice dent in the bonnet and cracked his windscreen. I was battered and bruised, but ok after a few days.
Car 2 was my FIRST day working for my current employer up in the call centre in Manchester. My house-mates friend worked in the same office and he was going to give me a lift into work. We got in the car, and about 5 minutes later were driving past the dr's surgery when a car pulled out with out looking and we hit it side on. We all saw the car just before we hit, and were only going about 20mph so it was not bad! but still not the best way to start your first day in your dream job. My friends car was a write off (Having only just been repaired after being hit while parked.)
YYZflyer From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 3639 posts, RR: 5 Reply 15, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1692 times:
1. Summer 2001. I was 10 years old at some camp with my friend. The group I was in was going mountain biking and we were going down a path. I either went over a tree stump and fell or just fell and skidded over a tree stump. I can't remember which, but a tree stump was involved. Anyway, I fell and skidded down the path and smashed my head into a tree. Luckily I was wearing a helmet.
2. Fast forward to November 2001. I was in the car with my dad, he dozed off while driving and we went into a ditch and the car rolled onto the side. I'll never forget this. We went right in between a telephone pole and the wire attached to the ground.
3. Not so much an accident but semi injury that's funny to think about. In March 2006 when I was in grade 9, my friend's church youth group went up to some retreat thing and he asked if I wanted to come along. I'm not religious, but why not, something to do for the weekend. We were going snow tubing down a hill and the hill had a bit of a curve to it. I saw a bump coming up so I thought I was going to get a bit of air. I went over the bump, flipped upside down, landed on my head, bounced, flipped right side up, and landed on my feet, and continued running. I did not fall during any of this. Though I did have a bit of a gash on my forehead.
PlymSpotter From Spain, joined exactly 9 years ago today! , 11249 posts, RR: 63 Reply 16, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1686 times:
I've had quite a few relatively minor scrapes, but nothing I've been unable to walk away from, and so may that continue.
5+ mountain bike accidents through pushing what either myself or the bike are designed to do a little too far. Broken wrists, fingers and concussion mostly. The worst one was ironically the slowest; I'd gone out with the intention of having some fun on gravel, and so I swapped my tyres around in order to have lots of grip at the rear - I'd stripped most of the tread off the rear the previous day thanks to a car pulling in front of me without looking and me locking it up in the process of stopping on smooth tarmac. I figured I'd only need the tread on the sides for gravel, but then I changed my mind and took a steep hill stream path instead. I was probably only doing about 1mph, creeping down towards a steep piece of mud and slate into the stream, when I had to make a quick correction to take a safe path and avoid hitting a rock jutting up. I turned the bars, but of course I had to be on the bald bit of my front tyre so nothing happened, and it under-steered straight forwards into the rock. Unfortunately because of the steep slope I was on, this sudden stop had enough force even at slow speed to send me over the bars with my beefy 20kg bike following on top of me. After a few cartwheels down the rocky and muddy stream things stopped moving. I was able to make it home, but after a few days of not feeling too good I was persuaded to see medical attention, and found that I'd sheered a vertebrae in my neck. Too close a call for me, since then I always keep spare tyres in the garage, to save my neck - literally.
I also broke several ribs thanks to a Yak-40 I was travelling on misjudging how high it was and flaring and throttling back 20ft in the air before unsurprisingly crash landing down onto the runway, sending everything and everyone in the cabin flying sideways and forwards. That's probably the most lingering pain I've ever had actually, IIRC it was something like three ribs broken but worse was that I'd basically torn the two sides of my ribcage apart. Over a month in bed or on the sofa lying still and doing nothing. God that was hell for someone as active as me...
Quoting AR385 (Reply 6):
1. I was 15, horse backriding on competition. I was training the horse, he did not identify an oxer and tripped and fell. Thanks to inertia, I fell forward first but the horse was falling just behind me was coming, rolling , eventually falling upside down on my left knee, saddle first. 4 surgeries later, I still walk funny on cold days.
My girlfriend has had some painful experiences with horses, to the extent that I'm not sure if getting up and getting back on again is dedication or madness.
Braniff747SP From Spain, joined Oct 2008, 2647 posts, RR: 1 Reply 17, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks ago) and read 1657 times:
In terms of vehicular accidents, I've been in several small skirmishes, never my parents fault, never over 1K damage. (Both my parents drove european cars, so even a dent was expensive.) One really bad one, in a 190E. Coming back from the airport, from picking up my aunt that had just arrived from Spain, some guy in a rental slammed into the back of car, and we touched the back of some cab. This guy that hit us was VERY good about it; no "it was not me" BS; took full responsibility, made sure we where ok, etc. We called the cops, as the damage was extensive (the whole trunk area being gone) and the cabbie said that as there was nothing wrong with his Crown Vic, and he had a passenger aboard, he would leave. Of course, he called a few days later trying to contest, get money, God knows what. Since he told the cops that he was fine, he could not do anything about it. Car was written off, as it was an older car. We drove it home, and sold it to a guy that drove it to Tijuana and fixed it for five bucks.
Another accident I was in involved a bus I was in as a passenger. It was in Madrid, on line 20, right infront of the Parque Retiro (Our members hailing from Madrid will know where I was). I remember how exited I was; the EMT usually runs a Renault Cityline on the route, but on the day they where running one of the new MAN 263-F Hispano "Habit". I was all exited! Well, some idiot decided to open the door right infront of a bus doing a good 30 miles an hour. Luckily for this guy, he decided to retire his hand to get something right before the bus smashed into the door. The driver had slammed on his brakes,(guy must have had good reflexes... this door was literally 5 feet infront of the bus) but he still plowed into the door; The whole bus tilted violently to the left and came back down again. There was a huge white streak on the side windows of the bus, running the lenght of the bus. A couple of panels had been teared off the front of the bus. Being something like 5 at the time, I felt bad for the bus and the driver and thought the guy that opened the door was a complete moron. (Still do, by the way.)
Other than that, I broke my leg skiing in the slow zone. Turned back to look for my dad, crossed by skis, and... T'was painful, but nothing to bad.
[Edited 2011-02-27 19:56:18]
The 747 will always be the TRUE queen of the skies!
Mudboy From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1167 posts, RR: 5 Reply 18, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1630 times:
Quoting Maverick623 (Reply 7): Oh, and I was supposed to be on US1549, but the flight was oversold, so I changed it the day before... but didn't tell anyone. Last time I'll ever do that....
This is why I never complain if I get bumped, or miss a flight.
I have been on many accidents, too many to count, since I rode the box for years as a Paramedic, and the Helo as a Flight Medic/Nurse. All I can say is seat belts save lives! I lost count how many people would have lived, had they been wearing their seatbelt, and know of only once that someone would have died, had they been wearing theirs, and then you have the ones, that it doesn't matter what they had on, too much energy for the body to absorb.
The ones that stick out in my mind:
1. Plane crash spun in the ground
2. Train vs Car full of college kids after a night of drinking, that ran under a train, and never hit the brakes until right before impact, and the train drug them 5 miles before someone stopped him.
3. Several Semi-trucks vs Car, too many to count.
4. A guy pulling his sheet off his bed and fell backwards through the 2nd story window.
5. A guy was sighting in his 270 rifle and the slide was not down and when he fired, the slide flew back and impaled in his orbit, where his eye used to be.
6. HS kid was doing squats with 275 with slippers on, and fell backwards landing on his azz, with 275lb on his shoulders, causing a subluxation of his L-4 L-5 with it protruding out his lower back.
7. MVA with 4 people killed when they were ejected from their vehicle and a baby was in the back seat in a car seat, and did not have a scratch on him.
8. 94 Honda Accord vs Fire Truck.
9. Girl gets mad at her man and peels out of a parking lot, loses control when she hits the street, jumps a curb and strikes a support wire for a utility pole, and flips onto the driver side as she was hanging out the window, due to not wearing a seatbelt. Not a pretty scene.
10. The only one that I mentioned earlier, that would have died had she been wearing her seatbelt, was a full size SUV hitting the end of a guard rail, and the rail still being attached, driving through the enguine and firewall, through her seat and out the back of the vehicle, all while still connected to the rail, with 50 feet of it hanging out the back in the air. I remember pulling up and saying *$%#@* is that????
AR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 4924 posts, RR: 27 Reply 19, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1613 times:
Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 16): My girlfriend has had some painful experiences with horses, to the extent that I'm not sure if getting up and getting back on again is dedication or madness.
Well, in that case, obviously, I was not able to get up and back on again. It took me 3 months to get back on a horse which I hate because the pain in your legs when you´ve spent so much time away from the sport makes you walk like Quasimodo for a week. But the whole get up and back on again probably comes from a mixture of a macho mentality mixed with some idea that if you don´t do it you´ll be scared for life.
When I was trainer and had a student fall off a horse, I would assess the fall and listen to what he/she wanted to do. If it was your average, amateurish fall, up again you go, if it was more serious, I would ask if they wanted some time off (never more than 24 hrs.) and I would let them have it. But you´d be surprised how many just wanted to dust off and get up and back on again.
Now, don´t let me get started on your girlfriend if she is into that sport, let´s just say in a very elegant way that I envy you.
Quoting Mudboy (Reply 18): I have been on many accidents, too many to count, since I rode the box for years as a Paramedic, and the Helo as a Flight Medic/Nurse. All I can say is seat belts save lives! I lost count how many people would have lived, had they been wearing their seatbelt,
On my Lincoln Continental car accident that I relate on my original post, if I had not been wearing my seatbelt, I would have certainly died.
ACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7598 posts, RR: 40 Reply 21, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1497 times:
Driving is getting ridiculously dangerous up here over the last few years, since 2007 alone I've been hit 5 times None of them my fault, just people not paying attention what they're doing ... which should be drivng!
1. Lady decides to change lanes when I'm right beside her ... no mirror check, no shoulder check, no signal, just change lanes.
2. Rear ended at a red light by a lady yapping on the phone ... even after the accident, she decided to to stay in the car for another 5 minutes to finish her phone call.
3. Lady goes up the wrong way in a one way street, realizes her mistake and starts backing up right straight into me who was parked at the time.
4. Was waiting in a line of vehicles at an intersection when a redneck in an old SUV decides he's in a hurry to leave his parking stall so he just floors it despite all the cars lined up beside him on the road.
5. Another lane change ... this time a large truck decides to make a U-turn on the highway while I'm right beside him ... again, no mirror check, no shoulder check, just U-turn.
I really, really wish that getting a drivers licence would be much harder up here ... driving a few hundred kms everyday on the roads up here really opens your eyes on how bad BC drivers are.
ALTF4 From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 1150 posts, RR: 4 Reply 22, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1484 times:
Only one so far in only 6 years of driving, and not my fault (and no tickets yet either, yay!)
Driving downtown in the fast lane in a 6-lane (3 each way) city street. My lane was fairly clear, and I was moving faster than the other traffic to my right. Well, a woman changed lanes into me... she hit me and kept going. I honked and she finally stopped, looking bewildered. When we parked in a parking lot, she asked me what the hell I had done, I told her "ma'am, you were the one that hit me. If you don't believe that, we can save the discussion for the police when they arrive".
She didn't change her story, and tried to convince the officer I changed lanes into her right after she changed lanes into the fast lane. The cop didn't buy the story, as that would have made me in the oncoming traffic lanes and dead meat miles ago.
I was afraid that the cop would just blame me for whatever, since I'm 'just a kid' (her words). She was quite rude the whole time, even though I was quite nice, asking if she was alright, asked her if she wanted to go inside a store to cool off, opened the door for her, etc.
No big deal though. now the passenger side door makes an awful noise when you open it, but whatever.
The above post is my opinion. Don't like it? Don't read it.
Starbuk7 From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 595 posts, RR: 5 Reply 23, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1467 times:
Been in three car accidents myself, one at age 17, one at age 22, and one at age 35. Walked away from all three but was only wearing seat-belts for the last one, and I will testify that they are very much worth wearing at all times.
However, have personally witnesses and assisted with 20 or so aircraft crashes either ashore or on Flight Decks over my 20 years career in the Navy, and not everyone walked away from those, including deck personnel. Most not a pretty sight but that is part of the job. I can say that over my 20 years the safety record of the Navy improved greatly with better aircraft and better training.
EASTERN From United States of America, joined May 2009, 84 posts, RR: 1 Reply 24, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1463 times:
I've been in a couple, and avoided a couple as well.
The worst car accident I was in happened in a small town in Peru. My friend was driving our rental, his girlfriend was in the passenger seat, and I was in the back seat. We were coming through an intersection without any stop signs or lights. My friend stopped the car, looked, did a little honk of the horn. As we were passing through, one of those little cabs came flying around a corner and t-boned us. He hit us on the passenger side, where I was seated. The impact sent us flying, over a curb, and into a bank or something. Luckily, it was closed at the time so the large metal gate stopped us. Car was totaled. The cab skidded, jumped the curb as well, and hit a pole. My friend and his girlfriend were fine, wearing their seatbelts. I wasn't wearing mine in the back seat. I hit my knee on the center console, and my entire body collided with the seat in front of me. I hit face-first; luckily I was not wearing my glasses at the time. My eye started to swell, but one of the people from the town came out and brought me some ice for my face. I had a bit of a limp afterwards, but still managed to have a good time on my birthday a couple days after that. What a birthday present!
Another time, I was on the highway. I avoided an accident after someone cut someone off; we all came to a skidding halt. The car behind me couldn't stop, and skidded into the middle lane and kept going. Then the car behind him didn't realize what was happening, and slammed right into me. I had my foot on the brake still so I didn't go flying into the car in front of me, which was good. His car had more damage than mine. We were all fine in the car.
When I was three, I fell down the stairs and hit our very ornate wooden banister teeth first. Drove the front two right back up into my gum. A lot of blood and a lot of pain. I still remember that pain to this day. Terrible.
There were some other minor fender benders that aren't really worth mentioning.
P from NYC
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