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What would you have done?

  • Accelerate into the mass of oncoming traffic

    Votes: 2 4.1%
  • Select reverse and plough into the car behind

    Votes: 3 6.1%
  • Protect your body and wait for the smoke to settle

    Votes: 37 75.5%
  • Something else

    Votes: 7 14.3%
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The lack of skill and attention by plenty of drivers will never cease to amaze me..
This afternoon I met a highly attentive Subaru driver who ploughed over a curb, traffic island and a couple of assorted signs before clobbering my rental car.

No attempt to steer, brake, or generally avoid the 'sickening crunch'.
I sat there and watched it coming towards me for a few seconds before it hit.
The drivers only comment aside from “sorry” was, “do you know what happened?”

You tend to be stationary when you are waiting to turn right across oncoming traffic. My options to avoid this mess seemed to be.
1. Accelerate into the mass of oncoming traffic.
2. Select reverse and plough into the car behind me.
3. Wrap my hands across my chest and pull my feet back off the pedals, then just wait for the smoke to settle.

What would you have done?
 

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LOL Whoa, far out..... scary how some people have no idea of what they are doing.

Glad you're ok! I voted number three.

Tim!
 

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It really is worrying to know that there are some shockers out there....there are 2 on this page alone (Zantetsuken's avatar!!!!).

Good to see you are ok supermono.
 

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lol thats bad glad to see your ok though, My girlfriends brother in law rented an echo, had 3500 km on it, the night that he picked it up he parked it out the front of their place and some punks killed 100% written off. It was attacked with star pickets, jumped on, kicked, bricks thrown at it you name it. so come the next day they hobbled the car back to the rental company. They thought he was doing a jackass untill he pulled out the police report. THEY ALL GOT CAUGHT HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
 

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supermono said:
The drivers only comment aside from “sorry” was, “do you know what happened?”
I would have said - you were the one that drove into me - don't you know where you were going or is looking at what is ahead of you too much to ask?

He must have been looking for his mobile phone when he dropped the cigarette he was holding in his other hand
 

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Let us know if you have difficulties with the car rental company, Id just like to know what they are like with this sort of thing when you are not the driver at fault.

As for what you should do if you have time, as far as I know if you have heaps of time, stationary and no way to avoid the accident, pull the handbrake and keep your hands on the wheel in the normal position. I would be a little worried about airbag activation trying to brace my body elsewhere
 

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wow glad ur ok and lucky it was a rental car...the subaru driver was a bit of an idiot.
 

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I'll post any update if it comes to difficulty and name calling with the rental company (starts with a 'T' and ends with 'Y' by the way).

So far the only problem has been organising responsibility for the tow and delivery of a replacement (hopefully this morning).
1st phone call went along the lines of, Me: "sorry but the car is dead, do you want it towed and I can you deliver another please".
Them: "we do rental, you need to call roadside assist".
Roadside assist: "we do roadside and breakdown assistance, you need to call rentals".
and so on....

I just noticed the mark on the road left by the front wheel of the Mitsubishi as it was pushed backwards, I probably left my foot on the brake pedal, although I thought I took it off.

The airbag didn't go off as the car was stationary, that's how they are supposed to work, normally you need something like 15kph to 'arm' the bit that goes 'bang'.

The Subaru let off a lot of bags though!

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Let us know if you have difficulties with the car rental company, Id just like to know what they are like with this sort of thing when you are not the driver at fault.

As for what you should do if you have time, as far as I know if you have heaps of time, stationary and no way to avoid the accident, pull the handbrake and keep your hands on the wheel in the normal position. I would be a little worried about airbag activation trying to brace my body elsewhere
 

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Ah well, hopefully it ends ok, and you didn't cop any injuries that'll pop up later.
I think you did the right thing - there's a good chance anything else you might have done could have made it worse (and left you at fault as well).

Even though the bag wasn't supposed to go off, I don't know that putting your hands / arms across your body is a good idea though - just in your lap would probably be better . . .

It sounds like the drivers was either in shock, had blacked out, or was fishing for a comment that would push fault onto you . . .

With any luck it will just become an interesting story for you to tell :)
 

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Hmmm... find Dr Nick and sue for $1,000,000 of whiplash hehe
 

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Luckily it was just a Magna an a Subie involved and nothing worth owning got trashed!
It's times like that when ya wish ya had a 9mm Glock handy so ya could vent ya frustration at the stupidity of the Subie driver as he was coming towards you!
 

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The best thing you could do is try to relax before it hit you. Apparently by bracing yourself for the impact, your muscles get alot more stress placed on them, which can result in major muscle damage. Speaking of which, i braced myself for impact when i was in a car crash about 5 months ago, i only got out of my physio about 1 month ago, the crash i was in was only at about 40km/hr on impact as well, so not very fast at all.

If you have any pain whatsoever, go see a doctor and/or a physio immediately, if you leave it a couple of days they may not let you get treatment on insurance. Also if there is any damage physio will help increase your mobility fairly quickly.
 

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Holy crap mate, glad ur allright.
Lucky it was a rental and not to precious to ya, that must of been nerve racking seeing the car coming at ya and not being able to get outta the way.
 

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flavze said:
Luckily it was just a Magna an a Subie involved and nothing worth owning got trashed!
It's times like that when ya wish ya had a 9mm Glock handy so ya could vent ya frustration at the stupidity of the Subie driver as he was coming towards you!

Someone has been watching too many movies lol .
 

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I cannot believe what he said! Was he drunk (seriously)?

Bad luck, I suppose the only consolation is that it wasn't your own car. I'll have to post up some pictures of my not-so-little run in with a 4WD when I get them, it was kinda a similar thing except I had the 4WD on the drivers side and a brand new $80K statesman (which i managed to writeoff) on the other side.

Nothin ever as loud as the 'bang' when they hit is there!
 

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Funny thing that, when a commodore hit me thats the first thing he said. What done the damage to me was bracing myself before the impact by pushing on the steering wheel which hurt my arm, shoulder and neck. Best thing to do is get a check up incase anything comes up later and you have to sue. First thing I thought of when getting out of my car was knocking him out but i somehow restrained myself.
 

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I woulda stayed where i was and waited for the bang. Otherwise u would be paying for some damage else where.

People never cease to amaze me.

Lucky it wasnt a holden suburban, or something. coming at u.
 

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And get checked out, nothing worse than thinking you fine, only to have to pay the bills later down the road.

:)
 
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