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Ever Had A Car Accident In Your Street?

Sun Jun 26, 2005 6:19 pm

As what the topic says.

In my street yes, Ever since I can remember there has been two in my street. Both happened in the last year. Both were kids riding their bikes. One was a girl, about 10 metres up the road from my house, she was about 8. A car came around a corner on the wrong side and hit her. She wasn't injured except for a few cuts on her arms and legs. She was lucky considering it was a boy racer and they always speed in the street and on the wrong side heaps of times.

Other time, it was a few months before and a boy was riding his bike on the footpath and the owner of a BMW came out of his drive and collected the boy, he went flying high in the sky and landed on some grass a few metres up the road. He got a broken arm and leg. The driver is knowen by the home owners and residents around his home, including me that he powers out of his drive way. An police car arrived first and when the cop car entered the street with the sirens home, the BMW driver panicked like hell. Then a few minutes later an ambulance arrived followed by another ambulance.
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RE: Ever Had A Car Accident In Your Street?

Sun Jun 26, 2005 6:40 pm

Three in the last two years, all because of speeding. Two kids have died, one middle aged woman and an elderly woman. And a few serious injuries of course. It's not a pretty sight when it happens, and I really don't understand people who boast about speeding...

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RE: Ever Had A Car Accident In Your Street?

Sun Jun 26, 2005 6:54 pm

About 27 years ago a schoolmate (14 years old) of me had an accident 10 metres away from our home. I saw the accident but didn`t notice it was her. Next day in school we were informed that she died at this accident.

She sat as pillion rider on a motor bike and the driver was drunken. They came out of a side-street ignoring the traffic on the main road. On that main road (the street where we life) drove a taxi to fast (80 km/h) and crashed into the motor bike.


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RE: Ever Had A Car Accident In Your Street?

Sun Jun 26, 2005 7:04 pm

Probably about once every two months. We have a pool pub some 100 meters down the road, and all too often people there drink too much, get into their car in the parking lot behind the pub, and drive out onto the street without looking if there is any traffic coming. Though fortunately, most accidents only meant minor injuries, only rarely anything serious.
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RE: Ever Had A Car Accident In Your Street?

Sun Jun 26, 2005 7:18 pm

My Apartment is at an Intersection of two busy roads ie the 13th & 17th.
Earlier Every month there is a collosion between vehicles & some Accidents were fatal too.
The BMC/Police tried many solutions.like Placing No entry boards but the problem persisted.It was a cursed Intersection.Finally Speed breakers were added & has helped reduce the number of Accidents.
My Neighbour has a huge collection of Accident photos from the location from the Early 1970s  Smile
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RE: Ever Had A Car Accident In Your Street?

Sun Jun 26, 2005 7:19 pm

There was one in my street some two years ago. Apparently somebody forgot to apply the parking brake when parking at the top of the hill and some hours later the car started rolling down the street until it crashed with a tree. Fortunately it happened in the middle of the night and nobody was injured.
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RE: Ever Had A Car Accident In Your Street?

Sun Jun 26, 2005 8:50 pm

Luckily not, but seeing that statistically, the first 2 years of driving are the most dangerous for newbies, I've got 21 more months to go!
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RE: Ever Had A Car Accident In Your Street?

Sun Jun 26, 2005 10:23 pm

Christmas Eve 1999 we were driving down the (heavily wooded) road to our neighborhood, with the entrance being no more than 1000 feet away. Suddenly, a deer lept from the ditch and landed right on the windshield. I was looking down at something as I heard a loud WHACK, and saw the rearview fly down next to my foot. I looked up to see a completely destroyed windshield... Other than that there never has been any accidents near where I live that were outwardly obvious (With the exception of the occasional golfer in his cart whose had one too many to drink ).

EDIT: After reading the following post I remember one more: We used to live in this condo where the main road turned right where ours branched off, so navigating it could be a tricky endeavour sometimes at night. One evening this guy plowed over the 8 inch cement curb and did a nice bit of damage, came to our house and called a tow truck and got a ride home.

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RE: Ever Had A Car Accident In Your Street?

Sun Jun 26, 2005 10:29 pm

I didn't live here at the time, but it was a pretty weird accident.

Late at night, some guy was drunk and speeding down our street when he lost control. He skidded sideways, hit the curb and flipped over and fell down a steep hill onto a golf course. He wasn't injured so he climbed out, removed the license plate and ran.... The PoPo still caught him though.
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RE: Ever Had A Car Accident In Your Street?

Sun Jun 26, 2005 10:45 pm

When I was 17 years old many (33 years) ago (yes I am  old  ), living with the parents on a dead end street, I backed out of driveway and poke into the driver's door of a visitor of the neighbor across the street. Cost me over $100. Last week, my 75 year old mom, distracted by my father as a pax (health won't allow him to drive anymore) did the same thing! Problem is that the damage is about $1500. Often is the time we had to note to neighbors on the street to slow down as were many children living on the street at times, but cannot recall anybody getting hurt on my street.
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RE: Ever Had A Car Accident In Your Street?

Sun Jun 26, 2005 10:55 pm

In Januray, I was reversing out of our cul-de-sac, and was trying to avoid hitting a stupidly parked car. I was too busy avoiding it, that I smacked the back of mine into the front of my mums, causing more damage to mine than my mums. I had to have the whole back bumper replaced as it just crumbled with it being just plastic and my mums was just slightly damaged, more of a little dent and a couple of scratches but she still had the bumper replaced. I was ok, but more shocked than anything else.
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RE: Ever Had A Car Accident In Your Street?

Sun Jun 26, 2005 11:23 pm

Ok, I misread the initial question  banghead 

So to correctly answer the question. Yes it happened about every 6-8 months back at home in Vienna. Once a girl was killed because she crossed the road where there was no zebra crossing and the driver was speeding. I was still a kid and refused to walk past there for weeks!

I also remember 2 or 3 times when there were major accidents (it's a big crossing at main road) where helicopters had to land and transport people with serious injuries that needed hospitalisation outside of Vienna. It's great to see the copters, but not great to see the accident of course. This one accident was really nasty. A motorcyclsit slipped and managed to get his bike underneath a huge truck! YUCK  yuck 

I hate people who speed. It is so useless and one of the reasons why I once lost one of my best friends 6 years ago. Same goes for people who drink and drive. It's so irresposible! Better arrive late than not at all, if you ask me.
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RE: Ever Had A Car Accident In Your Street?

Sun Jun 26, 2005 11:27 pm

December 31, 2004. This past New Year's Eve. My dad was just leaving my place. He drove down the street, turned around and was driving up the hill in front of my house while I was shoveling my sidewalk. He was going at a safe speed because the roads were very icy. Just as he was passing in front of me, a young girl driving a pickup truck came "flying" up the street from behind him. I thought OH NO!!! She was going so fast that she rammed him from behind. The crash and the pieces flying from the vehicle happened right in front of my eyes. It was a very hard impact. I thought I lost my dad. He got knocked out and it took a couple of minutes for me to get him conscious. I finally got him around and rang 911.

Had to have the ambulance etc. come and take him to hospital. Thankfully he only had minor injuries.

Here is his vehicle.


The part that got me angry was the girl was driving way too fast not only for bad road conditions but also above the posted speed limit. She was totally fine though. Once my dad was taken to hospital, I had to comfort her until the police arrived. A couple of weeks after the accident, we were in touch with the girl to ensure she was okay. She felt so bad and apologized for what she did. But - not only was she driving too fast, the real reason was her front windscreen. Look at her truck in this pic.

That's right - she had not cleared off her windscreen from the snow. But it all worked out fine. Thankfully she is okay and my dad is okay. We helped her deal with the situation over a couple of visits and she is okay to drive now. It was just a stupid mistake on her part.

That was the first time I actually witnessed an accident directly in front of me and what made it worse was it was my dad. There's my story.
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RE: Ever Had A Car Accident In Your Street?

Sun Jun 26, 2005 11:29 pm

Just about 2 weeks ago my mom was driving down our street, late taking my brother to school. As she sped up, another neighbor was coming in the opposite direction....they waved to each other, and then BOOM, my mom felt something hit her car two times, once the front side fender (over the wheel), and then it took out her side mirror, and BAM hit her side door (this all took place in less than a second really). She thought she had somehow hit the neighbor. But she looked in her rearview mirror and saw a deer laying in the street. She found out from my neighbor that it had jumped in front of then neighbor's car, got frightened, and instead of turning back, continued on, just as my mom was coming down. My mom didnt see the deer because she was waving...and because she was in a rush...... the car is still in the shop.

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RE: Ever Had A Car Accident In Your Street?

Sun Jun 26, 2005 11:32 pm

Quoting CurtisMan (Reply 12):
That's right - she had not cleared off her windscreen from the snow.

Well I hope it was a lesson to her. Sorry, but I find it hard to sympathise with people who are clumsy just for the sake of saving a minute or two. You are not just putting yourself at danger, but also others around you when you behave in this way. Whether she felt bad about it or not would not have made a difference with me. But glad you handled the matter in a more human way than I would have  Smile
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RE: Ever Had A Car Accident In Your Street?

Mon Jun 27, 2005 1:03 am

Years and years and years ago, my mom was driving down our street, my brother was in the back seat and said something to get her attention, she turned around, was not looking where she was going and crashed into a giant brick mailbox. They totalled the car, but the shop agreed to do the work for less than the amount.

Another time, my dad was backing up the street for some reason and knocked over the stop sign that was in the corner of our yard. It didn't leave a scratch on the old boat he was driving at the time.
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RE: Ever Had A Car Accident In Your Street?

Mon Jun 27, 2005 12:08 pm

A couple years ago one summer night, I was reading in my bedroom, then suddenly I heard a crashing sound...across the street a girl had driven into a parked car. Felt bad for her. I think the cops took her into custody...and tow trucks removed both cars...to body shops I presume since neither could possibly have been that badly damaged. Speed limit on that street is a mere 30mph, and considering how little damage there was I imagine impact speed was lower, meaning the girl was probably abusing her learner's permit...she seemed that young...by not having an over 21 licensed occupant with her...saw the potential for an accident after being distracted...testimony to inexperience, but not utter stupidity, and swerved last second and tried to stop...but too late. Or she was drunk. Either way...it happened.

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RE: Ever Had A Car Accident In Your Street?

Tue Jun 28, 2005 7:39 am

Back when I was still living with family in Marblehead, Massachusetts, there would be at least one accident a year along the street we lived on. It was a quarter mile section of one of the main roadways that went out of town between 2 traffic signals.

I'm not sure about my father, but my brother, mother, and I each had a minor fender bender just outside the driveway during the 14 years that all of us have lived there. At present, my mother's the only one who still resides at that house.

Many (but not all) of the accidents that took place involved injuries. The only accident that involved one fatality was when a pedestrian was struck while crossing the street. The elderly gentleman who was hit, died later that evening in the hospital.

One of the most dramatic accidents occurred in 1983 (but miraculously, there were no fatalities), involved a guy who must have been doing some drag racing. He was in a 1969 Pontiac Firebird convertible (top-down). While heading into town (and near my family's home), he apparently lost control of the vehicle and struck head-on with a parked Ford Fairmont station wagon on the left shoulder of the road. The impact threw him (he did not have his seatbelt on) from the car onto a neighbor's lawn. Shortly after impact, both his car and the parked station wagon bursted into flames. This is one of the rare cases where not wearing a seatbelt actually saved the guy's life. If he was buckled in, he probably would've burned to death.

Where I presently live, also a main street, there have been a few fender benders nearby. The mailbox and School Crossing traffic signal has been taken out at least twice by an errant vehicle in the 14 1/2 years I've resided there. The township has no longer bothered to replace the mailbox.
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RE: Ever Had A Car Accident In Your Street?

Thu Jun 30, 2005 2:09 am

Yep. Plenty of times. A few years ago when I was still in middle school, at like 2am, a drunk driver flew up the street, swerved to avoid a parked car across the street, and slammed into the huge tree in our front yard. Tree didn't move an inch, but the car was beyond fixable, and the guy was put into police custody. Turns out he lost his license, and to good reason.
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RE: Ever Had A Car Accident In Your Street?

Thu Jun 30, 2005 3:43 am

I remember one, when I was about 10 years old:

January 1st, 2:30 in the morning. We had just come home from a New Year party a few blocks away. I was about to fall asleep when I heard tires screeching and a loud crash. Turns out some young lad had one beer too many and ran his car into our house. Luckily, my grandpa had built a small wall about 3 ft from the front door; otherwise, the car would have been a new decoration for our living room (or worse yet, my grandparents' bedroom). Nobody was injured  relieved 

Actually, now that I think about it, it could have been serious...  scratchchin 

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RE: Ever Had A Car Accident In Your Street?

Thu Jun 30, 2005 5:34 am

I got hit by a car down a street i used to live in in Oxford. Chasing my sister on bikes on a RAF camp we lived on, very quiet Cul-de-sac. She crossed the road, and i was 2 seconds behind.

She crossed, i got hit.

Brand new car (ford something) All i got thankfully was a fat lip. The driver knew my dad so took me home, and sorted out the insurence. Dont know what they had to pay (scrathed the front, and cracked the window)

A few years ago we were doing a car treasure hunt on my grandmars road.
She had indicated a left turn, and a car on the other side slowed to let us past. A peaople carrier goin 2 fast did not see the stopped car and whacked right inot it, followed by 3 others. I was just looking at the car as it hit, 2 Seconds earlier and it would have been my door the car hit. I tell ya, i was not in a car for a month after that
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