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Wear those seatbelts.

Discussion in 'Texas' started by Ryanh1985, Dec 18, 2010.

  1. peterbj7

    peterbj7 Dive Shop Owner Rest in Peace

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    It's not a question of manufacturer or country of origin, but of size and to an extent design. A friend was driving her Lexus LS400 south from San Jose on the mountain freeway years back in terrible weather and very heavy traffic all travelling at around 65mph, when some idiot in front of her lost concentration and touched the central crash barrier (the road is very narrow as it snakes through the mountains). He ricocheted off and hit another car in the nearside lane, very hard. Both vehicles began to spin and of course immediately lost speed. She braked, but was rammed from behind by a large truck whose driver was in never-never land. She was pushed forward into the spinning vehicles and herself started spinning, hitting everything imaginable in the process. By the time it all stopped her Lexus was unrecognisable as a car, the truck which had hit her was on its side and burning, and the occupants of the cars around her were mostly very seriously injured (I don't think anyone died, but I'm not sure). She had a few cuts and bruises and whiplash. Given the damage to her car she was extremely lucky to escape serious injury or even death - in fact, were it not for the automatically tensioned seat belt and the numerous airbags in her car the outcome would probably have been very different. I don't know what the cars around her involved in the "accident" were, although I know one was a Mercedes. She was extremely grateful to Toyota for the design of her car.
     
  2. cavemn

    cavemn ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    Wow, glad to hear you got out ok. I hate LBJ and glad we don't have to deal with that now that we live in Austin. I commuted from Richardson to downtown Ft Worth for 2 years when I worked for the Bass family. I had to travel LBJ because The Bush was not open. It took me lost 2 hours to travel from 35 to Central one day. It's unfortunate you lost a vehicle but it gave you something to be thankful of before Christmas.

    Happy Holidays
     
  3. gds1278

    gds1278 Divemaster

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    Location: McKinney, TX
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    No, I'm Dallas PD but that's right on the edge of my division. Glad to hear you made it out mostly unhurt.
     
  4. Pearldiver07

    Pearldiver07 IDC Instructor

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    Good to hear you came out not much worse for the wear.

    Remember - "Luck favors the well-prepared."

    I started wearing seatbelts way back when it was "recommended" after being hit and pin-ball bouncing off of several poles on an icy highway. I realized then that seatbelts aren't there just to irritate us all.

    Not long after that my father and I had a "significantly emotional experience" when I refused to start driving until he buckled in. He was old-school, but I convinced him. Stick to your guns and never risk a passenger and have to spend your life wondering "what if" after an accident.
     
  5. Ryanh1985

    Ryanh1985 Solo Diver

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    Ah OK, yeah saw that on your profile after I posted that. That's going to be my new division next year. :D
     
  6. Ryanh1985

    Ryanh1985 Solo Diver

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    LOL I have that same argument with my mom every time I go and see my parents. After seeing all the pictures of my car she swore she would start wearing it all the time, even when im not in town.

    Today I woke up the sorest I have been since this happened, so I am hoping its like a hard workout the 2nd days the worst then it all gets better from their.
     
  7. gds1278

    gds1278 Divemaster

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: McKinney, TX
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    That's cool. I'm going to Southeast for the bid. Do you get out to dive often. My brother is supposed to be my dive buddy but he won't dive cold water and he is too busy when the temps are warm.
     
  8. Ryanh1985

    Ryanh1985 Solo Diver

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    Try to when I can, its pretty hard for me to get a sat or Sunday off.

    On another note, guy that hit me was arrested for suspicion of DWI, at 9 in the morning. wow. And he did have good insurance, thank goodness. :D
     
  9. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I wondered if he survived too. Glad his insurance is good. They get you a rental car for now...??
     
  10. Ryanh1985

    Ryanh1985 Solo Diver

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    Yes it sounds like he did. No rental car yet, luckily I have another car I can drive until I find something else. Although if I can get a rental car I will cause I really don't want to drive my weekend only car to work.
     

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