Have you ever been involved in an accident?

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Have you been involed in an accident before?

  1. Yes, just a minor fender bender

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  2. Yes, a serious accident

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  3. No, never in my life

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  1. Calliers

    Calliers Administrator/Editor Staff Member

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    Have you ever been involved in an accident? And if so, were you the one driving or just a passenger? I have been involved in a total of three accidents, the first one being when I was under 10 years old, can't remember exactly how old I was at the time. My father was driving and the guy in front of him stopped suddenly (the guy in front was driving a truck with a thick metal bumper at the back so his car had no damage to it whatsoever) and my father's car kissed the car in front. Wasn't a high speed accident so it wasn't serious, we all walked away with our bodies intact but sadly the law in Botswana states that if you're the one who hit someone else, you're the one to blame. So my father was found at fault for that crash. Our car took some damage but nothing severe (it was a Toyota Corolla and the car in front was a Toyota Hilux).

    The second time was later in my life, I was driving (no passengers), I wasn't concentrating on the road ahead of me in a traffic jam and was basically reading a text message on my phone instead of paying attention to the road and since I had gotten used to the rhythm of the jam I thought that it would continue like that forever. Big mistake, I took my eyes off the road shortly after noticing the car in front was moving slowly ahead and stepped on the accelerator to go forward after it the same distance I had always been going this whole time. I then heard a loud "BANG!" and that was when I realized I had unwittingly driven into the car in front of me. Since it was a low speed accident, there wasn't much damage to the cars (can't remember the make and model of the car in front of me but it had a fiberglass bumper just like my father's Toyota Camry which I was driving at the time) but again the blame was laid at my feet and rightly so this time.

    The third time was when I started driving in the winter after coming back to Saskatoon, and funnily enough it wasn't my fault. But since it was a lady vs. me and it was basically her story vs. mine, they bought her story and I took the blame for the accident. I was driving along and this lady in front of us lost control as she hit a patch of black ice or something and her car started sliding out of control. Rather than stay calm and just steer in one direction only while trying to pump the breaks (she was driving an older car, again can't remember the make and model of the car) she steered this way and that then this way again until her car was all over the road and totally lost control swerving around completely and ending up facing sideways in the middle of the road. I tried to stop as soon as I noticed what was going on in front of me and pumped the breaks and did all I was taught to do when driving in the winter (I was also driving an older Toyota Camry) but to no avail. My car slowly slid forward until it hit into hers and again me and my boss who was with me at the time in the front passenger seat heard a loud "BANG!" as we hit into the side of her car, the side that she was sitting on! We then quickly opened our doors and rushed to her car, thankfully her door was only dented slightly and she could still get out of it as it wasn't damaged. (I backed up beforehand) After verifying she wasn't injured we exchanged phone numbers, names and other details and we went on our way. Other than a few points lost off my license though and the cost of my insurance premiums going up a little, there was nothing that came of it however.

    When I was younger I knew of a friend of a friend who's family was very wealthy and their family had several cars, they had a big family and virtually everyone in their family had a nice car. He himself had a BMW 745li and anyone who knows anything about cars will tell you how prestigious that car was back in the day, I mean it was the kind of car rappers had in their music videos. Anyway, he was speeding with it this one time with four passengers in it when he lost control and the car overturned several times. Everyone but him was killed in the accident. He never drove again and he still blames himself for their deaths to this day, he was very very sad after the accident even though he had survived. Just goes to show that accidents are not always as insignificant as the accidents I have been a part of.

    I have always respected cars and their ability to do harm, both to yourself and others. They are not machines to be handled without care. That is why whenever I see a parent who buys their kids a really fast car for their 16th birthday I just shake my head and wonder. I would never buy my kids a deathtrap for their 16th or 18th birthday, you're just killing your child indirectly. At least wait until they make it to 21 or make it a present for when they graduate college if you want to buy them a nice car that badly. Wait until such a time that they can understand, fear and respect the vehicle that you give them. That is my belief on the matter anyway.

    Also do not feel compelled to answer this thread, that is why I have added a poll. I know for some an accident and the nature of it especially serious ones can be a sensitive topic.
     
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  2. Dyre Straits

    Dyre Straits 10 Grandkids -2 Great-grandsons

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    Re: Have you ever been involed in an accident?

    I've been involved in a few over the past 46 years.

    1. The very first one was my fault. It was an unmarked intersection and I had just started driving on my official permit. I failed to notice a car coming up from the right and entered the intersection. My brother, who was in the back seat, yelled and I hit the brakes...stopped right in the path of the car that was approaching and he couldn't avoid hitting us. No one was hurt...except for my pride. I continued to drive that '53 Chevy with the right side bashed in throughout my high school years.

    2 & 3 & 5. The 2nd, 3rd and 5th ones were the other drivers' faults where they rear-ended my car while I was at a light-controlled intersection. In all cases, I had stopped behind other cars at a red light and got hit. The most recent one happened just a year and a half ago with my mom riding with me. In all cases, there were no serious injuries.

    4. Yeah, it's out of order but it's the actual sequence. I was pulling a very heavy-loaded trailer behind my Plymouth Voyager on the way to unload debris at the landfill. I topped a hill and noticed....all too late...that traffic was stopped at a red light. I hit the brakes and, if it hadn't been for the loaded trailer, I would have stopped in time. But, ended up hitting the car in front me...which was pushed forward and hit the car in the front of him. Again, no serious injuries. That was about 12 years or so ago.
     
  3. mkk

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    Re: Have you ever been involed in an accident?

    Considering the number of crap cars we had when I was a kid, and considering a couple of scary later experiences as a passenger, I've been lucky to not having experienced any car accident. Bicycling is a different matter and to my own fault, though nothing really serious as result. Perhaps I shouldn't drive cars either. ;)
     
  4. Calliers

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    Re: Have you ever been involed in an accident?

    Looks like both you and I have been lucky in that all the accidents we've been involved in haven't resulted in serious injuries. :)
     
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    Re: Have you ever been involed in an accident?

    i've been nearly killed about 4 times...... 2 of which were full blown smash ups... 3 of which (including the 2 majors) were all prior of being age 16..... the first one when i was 6 years old (barely) and having my chest crushed by over 1000 pounds of impact preasure followed by a sustained 300+, i was unconcious and not breathing for quite a long time...
     
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    Re: Have you ever been involed in an accident?

    I was a passenger in my fathers car, driving in a minor snow storm toward a stream of oncoming traffic with lights blazing, and a drunk driver with no lights on decided to pull into our lane for reasons never fully explained.
    we hit him head on at around 50 - 55mph
    that hurt a little :p

    other than hitting more than a few sheep when i was a kid on Lewis, that's it for me, never had a scrape myself thankfully, although the missus has had 1 or 2 hairy moments. worst one was when some idiot in a 4x4 travelling in the opposite direction stopped paying attention, drifted suddenly into her lane and basically took the back half of her car off. fraction of a second in that one, she wouldn't be here. Scary.


    Lordy that could explain a lot... :p
     
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  7. malmental

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    Re: Have you ever been involed in an accident?

    I drift on the weekends through the hills and mountains around the TN / GA state line.
    needless to say going back to my younger years, I have been in a few accidents.
    thankful that no serious injuries in any of them ever.
    (knock on wood..)

    and no 'traffic' accidents in many many years, thankful for that too.
     
  8. Calliers

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    Re: Have you ever been involed in an accident?

    Drifting is expensive, how many sets of tires do you go through in a month? Not to mention the amount of strain it puts on the car as well. It is hella fun if you can afford it however.
     
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    malmental System Builder > Hardware Specialist

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    Re: Have you ever been involed in an accident?

    I eBay new tires, I can't afford them new locally..
    I use to hit the local used tires stores about once a month or so when I'm in that drifting only mood for my Acura more than my Accord.
    I have had over 30 mods to them so it can drift including front and rear camber kits and performance struts.

    I really can't afford it anymore.
    and if I wreck one of the cars (specifically the Accord) then it would be a major setback right now.
    so it's just every now and then these days when I do go drift.
     
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    Re: Have you ever been involed in an accident?

    Twice.

    First one when I was about 15 and the family were on our way to the mountains for vacation. Head on collision when my mom was about to drive out from a parking next to the road. Guess the driver that hit us was in another world and got scared when she saw our car, even if we weren't on the road, just next to it. Car was totalled but we were all ok inside it.

    Second was when I was 18 and drove my first car. Been working on it for months to fix it up and make it pass the yearly inspection. Got it through and on my way home had a car just appear right in front of me over a crest along the road. I wasn't going very fast since I just a few hundred meters before had to stop for a bunch of reindeers on the road. Dunno how I did it but I did react and managed to steer right and aviod the car but ended up with a major skid that I couldn't control and the result was the car got caught on some thick gravel at the side and made my car flip over and roll 2 full turns and finally stop on the wheels. (It was quite a steel downhill after that crest). My sister didn't get hurt but I hurt my back and still have problems because of this.
     
  11. malmental

    malmental System Builder > Hardware Specialist

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    I once was told by an albino jamaican voodoo lady to never own another motorcycle.
    as soon as I got home, I sold it.

    needless to say after talking to her and then reading my palm recalling in detail some accidents I had been previously including car color...!
    she spooked the bejezzus outta me..

    I want another one now, that was almost 15 years ago when that happened.
     
  12. Calliers

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    Don't get another one. And I'm not just saying that because of what that voodoo lady said but because motorcycle accidents in general can be quite nasty. They can incapacitate you so bad that you would be bed ridden for months, and never fully recover even when you got out of bed. I myself am terrified of bikes for this reason, I mean, they're cool to have and look at and ride, but my oh my are they dangerous.
     
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    Twice for me. First was in high school and I was a passenger. My friend was driving too fast for the conditions (freezing rain) and when it came time to break we just slide on black ice. Did three 360's across two lanes of traffic and ended up in a ditch.

    The second I can't say anything about due to a pending lawsuit.
     
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    Only once back in 2001..

    Waiting at a set of Traffic Lights that were on red about 5 cars back...The lights turned green so when the cars infront started to move i followed... But something destrated me visually towards the right sie so i looked away for a second or two..

    The all i seen were Not the car directly in front of me slammed on the breaks (Not sure why) whch meant the car infront of me had to do the same thing.. But i were just that little to late and went into the back...This were the only car accident that i were in Fault.... All sorted via insurance...

    I have had two people run into the back of me... One were Not Insured but i fell Lucky enough that the Guy were Honest enough to pay for the Damages to my car.So i took no action leggaly...

    The other were insured so that were sorted via Insurance...

    Never been Injured via any of the accidents so no issues in that respect.
     
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    Here in Saskatchewan insurance is mandatory so everyone's got insurance, the thing that you have to watch out for is the points system. If you are involved in an accident and you are at fault you lose points off your license, the more serious the accident the more points you lose and when you've lost enough they can suspend your license for a certain period of time. Repeated offenses can result in you losing your license permanently.

    I've also heard that if you're caught driving drunk a couple of times they suspend your license for a year or more or something and if you're caught trying to pick up a prostitute they can take your car away and sell it lol.
     
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    MIG-31 Old time Member.. Staff Member

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    Insurance is Mandatory in the UK also... But the Punishment for being cought Uninshured is the Car is impounded By Law.And can only be retrieved by a Fully Liscenced and Insured Driver for the car in question.

    It is reported that on average there is 1 in 3 cars being driven by an Uninsured Driver at any one time..And many simply Will not Pay it to start with...

    The maximum fine (Plus Points on the liscence if they have one) is By Law is £5000 where as the average Fine is £150.Based on the Average insurance per Year is now £500 per year...

    So this leaves a Huge problem..

    No if you are cought drink Driving this is the Same car is impounded.Tested and it depends on how much over the UK limit you are at the time..

    It is always settled in court.So if you are only just over you may get away with a fine. The Higher over the limit the more than likly to get a Ban from driving.
     
  17. Calliers

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    Apparently they're really harsh on drunk drivers over here because the amount of deaths on the road due to drunk driving has really increased in recent years. I think it's two times and they suspend your license. Yes, here, found this:-

    http://www.ammsa.com/publications/saskatchewan-sage/saskatchewan-toughen-drinking-and-driving-laws

    http://www.saddsask.ca/laws.html

    Basically first time with a blood alcohol level of higher than 0.04 is a 24hr license suspension, second time within 5 years with the same 0.04 amount and it is a 24hr suspension plus the person must attend a Drive Without Impairment (DWI) course and the third time within I'm assuming another 5 year period is where they get you and take your license away from anywhere from 1-5 years I believe.

    Personally I've only driven when I was really drunk once, and I went past a check point but they never asked me to step out of the car for a sobriety test, must've looked cool and composed or something.
     
  18. CDsDontBurn

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    I've been in a few over the years. The majority of them being minor fender benders, none of which were my fault with the exception of one. Yea, that one.

    My RX-8 crash has been by far the worst accident I've ever been in. You guys know what that one is about. If not, you can search the thread. The pictures are still there.

    You are becoming more and more awesome :).

    What gen Accord do you have? Do you go on any Accord / TL forums?

    But seriously how do you "drift" an FF? There's the power-slide, but that doesn't really count IMO. That's really just serious amounts of under steer.
     
  19. malmental

    malmental System Builder > Hardware Specialist

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    drifter:
    http://hondashowoff.com/profile.php?id=7922

    sedan / incognito:
    http://hondashowoff.com/profile.php?id=8278

    only places I use to go, not really active anymore.
    maybe when I get another car I will but not now.

    my definition of drifting is not like the pros (Tanner Foust) or Fast and Furious actors.
    we just hit local tracks and sometimes old routes and just have a blast.
    get 'somewhat' of a drift in and man it's a feeling of total ignorant bliss....
    :D
     
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  20. Calliers

    Calliers Administrator/Editor Staff Member

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    We need better pictures of the drifter, all you gay us were two photos of it's engine bay!
     

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