Australian Ford Member
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Melbourne, Australia
What serious car accidents have you survived?
First was as an 18 year old rear seat passenger in FJ Holden that was written off when driver, who was the only one in the car who was dead sober, somehow lost control on a straight stretch of country highway around 100kph and end over ended it. Broke most of the dozen bottles of cold beer I had just bought. While I was regaining consciousness I heard one of the other blokes say "We'd better get EA S out, He looks pretty crook." The driver, who had nothing to fear anyway, said "No, get rid of the beer before the cops come." So they both ignore me and piss off into a paddock to ditch the grog. Bastards wouldn't get me one or tell me where it was when I came to, either. No serious injuries.
Second was when I was 20, stupid, and half-pissed about 3 a.m. and went to sleep at wheel on country trip to my girlfriend's (now wife) after an hour or so without seeing another car on the road. Hit bluestone culvert in Mini 850 on wrong side of road. Pushed right front wheel through floor and neatly folded foor over accelerator pedal to kick panel. Impact must have pushed my foot out of way. Car then rolled. No serious injuries.
Third was when I in early 30's, dead sober, no longer particularly stupid, when mechanical malfunction resulted in rear wheel(s) on fairly new Gemini locking on wet extra slippery patch on bend and diverting car into oncoming traffic. Hit on left front by first car and turned round and rear-ended by car following him. Neither of the other drivers saw me until I had nearly hit them and neither braked much from about 60kph before impact. My car very thoroughly written off, also one Valiant beyond economic repair and big dollars on the BMW that hit me (or I hit) first. No serious injuries to anyone.
The first and second were wholly avoidable and pure driver error, but the third wasn't.
I'm bloody grateful nobody else got seriously hurt in the ones where I was driving, but the potential was there.