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Old 11-06-2019, 08:13 PM   #1
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First Auto Accident Today

At 59 years old, my guardian angel must have been at lunch this afternoon.

A guy didnt see me coming, he turned left and crossed in front me.

I saw him, and hit the brakes and tried to go around him.

I hit him. doing 40-ish mph, he was doing 10-15-ish

My right front hit his right rear. Glancing blow.

My Civic is a total, the impact tore the axle out of his 1/2 ton Chevy.

Im sore, seatbelt rash. I think the airbag hit my chest, Im not sure.

Pretty sure I will be more sore tomorrow.

A trooper was in the medium, saw the accident.

The other driver is ok, older guy (older than me), he just didnt see me.

My Civic is gray, almost the same color as the road, so I always drive with the lights on for that reason.

No more road colored cars for me.
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I've been in two wrecks in Honda Civics. First was a t-bone by a drunk running a red light. Second was head on. They were both at about 40 mph. I made it out of both with a totaled car, but nothing more than a few scratches. Those Civics are surprisingly safe. I was sore the next day after both of them though. The head on one left me sore for a good week.
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Old 11-06-2019, 11:18 PM   #3
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Glad you were not seriously injured. Hope you have a quick recovery and the other driver's insurance pays you a fair amount.
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Old 11-07-2019, 06:28 AM   #4
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I hurt, not so much sitting still, moving is a challenge.

I own a couple classic Mustangs, Im not so sure I would have survived if the same accident occurred in either of those cars.

Anti lock brakes, shoulder belts, air bags and crumple zones turn a serious accident into a minor accident.

Maybe its time to let the classics go and spend more money on a nicer MH.

My 65 is a 20k car and the 67 is a 10k car. Pretty much I look at them, maintain them, keep them clean and drive them 1-2k a year.
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Old 11-07-2019, 10:39 AM   #5
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Sure glad you're OK. That could have been a LOT worse!
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Old 11-07-2019, 11:31 AM   #6
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In the upcoming days you will get sore and stiffer. See a doctor and use ice! I've been hit broadside in a Ford Ranger causing it to roll 3 times, got tboned in a Triumph TR4, got hit on my Harley, and was tboned in the drivers door in a Lotus Elise. All were caused by distracted drivers and none were my fault! Had over 20 surgeries since 2004. You are going to get very sore! Sharp pains and constant pain needs medical attention. I hope you come out ok! See a doctor if pain gets worse!
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Old 11-08-2019, 06:46 AM   #7
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Glad you are ok.
Advil and a hot bath will help.
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Old 11-08-2019, 06:53 AM   #8
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I'm sure glad you're OK.

People talk about how poorly new cars are made because they're so easily totaled, but the crushing of the car absorbed much of the impact. Sad the car was totaled, but glad you weren't.

My hat's off to you for having your first wreck at 59. You're either a very careful or very lucky driver.
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Old 11-08-2019, 03:31 PM   #9
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I own a couple classic Mustangs, Im not so sure I would have survived if the same accident occurred in either of those cars.
I have a hot rodded 68 Mustang and I white-knuckle it whenever I drive at highway speeds. You don't know how much you appreciate antilock brakes, airbags, traction control, stability control, and crumple zones until you're in 75 MPH traffic in a tin can.
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glad to hear you are OK.

to the OP FYI Anti lock brakes CAN be installed on both of YOUR classic Stangs. its not quite as hard as it sounds.
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You're okay from the accident. That's good news. Hope you've a quick recovery.
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hopefully he has insurance
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I hurt, not so much sitting still, moving is a challenge.

I own a couple classic Mustangs, Im not so sure I would have survived if the same accident occurred in either of those cars.

Anti lock brakes, shoulder belts, air bags and crumple zones turn a serious accident into a minor accident.

Maybe its time to let the classics go and spend more money on a nicer MH.

My 65 is a 20k car and the 67 is a 10k car. Pretty much I look at them, maintain them, keep them clean and drive them 1-2k a year.
Off topic, but I recall seeing an article a few years ago in some automotive magazine where they crash tested a '65 Impala, and a then-current year Impala. The difference was shocking. The lightweight unibody Impala performed well, the '65 with its full frame and heavy bumpers, etc, was basically destroyed.
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Just be glad it was not worse, you will be sore for a few days. I was in my first major accident, similar level to yours about a year ago, though no airbag deployment, we were semi t-boned by a teenager in a Yukon that blew trough a red light at a blind corner intersection at around 8 pm in the misting rain. One moment driving west through the intersection, then a sudden flash of headlights as he hit left front wheel area, and in a instant we were stopped facing north in the middle of the intersection and the automation system in our car had turned on the hazard lights and was announcing that we had been in a vehicle accident as it was calling 911, etc. All the while watching the guy that hit us drive off down the road, though thankfully he turned at the next block and drove back, then of course claimed he had a green light, .... thankfully there was a witness that stopped and agreed with our story.
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