This reminds me of my neighbors, the Dad was driving and did the same thing, only the guard rail came through the windshield and hit the mother causing permanent brain damage. She had to learn to talk, and walk again… really rough on the whole family and neighbors. My mom actually helped with her physical therapy. When I was a kid and played at her house she was always very nice, so was really sad to hear this happened to her. Just glad the same didn't happen in your tow case.
Yes it is. The driver could be on medical or just not paying attention - I haven't heard anything from this incident since as the SUV is gone to salvage from our yard.
This is horrible! It's way scary situation for people to be in them. One second and everything changes.
Post by DrivingandDashcam on May 17, 2015 2:36:58 GMT -5
It has been a while since last time I updated - things are going pretty bad when roads get dry. Less accident incidents during the winter season - but dry? I wish I have my dashcam working, everyone treats most of highways as Autobahn (I'm telling you from my experience, I made an originally-3 hours trip but everyone drives fast and I'm not in safe zone with fast drivers around me while I was driving 130 km/h (speed limit is 110km/h) but I had kept up the flows - going at 160+km/h (100mph). Police car sat there and does nothing because we're going too fast, no camera. The trip took me 1.5 hours instead of 3. After this I took different route right by the "autobahn" highway but nobody use it but me. It was so peacefully...
So this, when a driver doesn't make their second thought... one second and it changes everything.
I wonder how those people drive now, now that their vehicles are ruined? Think they have a different attitude? Wish we could do an interview of every bad collision driver to find out.
Good question right there. I asked myself this too, most of the time police officers don't say anything, just a quick pick up and go. Most of it comes from Nation Reserve where highway is tiny, no shoulder and sharp/blindspot turns plus wild animals (horse, cow, goose, moose, and so). Speeding because they think curves is fun, or being careless, or one blink, or unpredictable, there they goes. Some drivers would be affected to don't drive like that again, some doesn't as they went back to their old habits and surviving out there.
I've seen people hurt, affects on families and friends. I wouldn't want see that to mine when I stand on side of highway, one second. I believe that we really need be serious about on this law for move over and slow down around here because they don't enforces it enough because obviously they're not there unless an accident has happen. 9 minutes is my best time to load and go, in that matter of time I have about 25 vehicles, 3 semis, and 2-5 tour buses that will not move over and stick to 110 km/h. I lost the dashcam footage of it .
I will try again, and probably always will to turn my dashcam, forward at side of highway to capture license plate # because it work well for a $50 dashcam! They will not see that tickets coming when I hand it over to RCMP officer to see if it's ticketable for them...
Post by DrivingandDashcam on Nov 9, 2015 6:30:19 GMT -5
It has been while yet again since last time I posted here. Lot of stuff happening in my towing job. I'll try to keep this thread up to date!
Recently this week there was chase but the result was unfortunately. The thieve stolen pickup truck with many equipments in the bed (box of pickup) and RCMP was notified in no time and chasing the driver.
I don't have the actual story with how it rolled over into opposite direction on highway but in my head that the driver in pickup probably have run the red light (intersection was just few meters away in the left of the picture) and come to close call with cars turning so driver avoid but ended up losing the control (high speed chase as I was told by RCMP).
Before this high speed chase ended up rolled the truck, I also was dispatched to pick up this collision that was taken on same highway, just 5 minutes apart (100 km/h zone if you ask). The people was already taken by ambulances so it's just sitting there for me to pick this Civic up where I was featured in this website (checking under the car for to tie-down frame). There is another car, Mazda 6 wagon. A double tow - one on deck, one on wheel lift.
Post by DrivingandDashcam on Nov 21, 2015 1:14:44 GMT -5
This week we have winter coming for us and snow storm hit us for 3 times and highway get covered with white stuff. Unfortunately for some people that got unlucky day, some can drive it away, some it's not but that's about to work more for us . I'm hoping for a good winter season this year!! Beside from my job, I can't wait to go for snowboarding!!
My pictures is in high quality, figured I don't want to use up on this website. Link is better! imgur.com/a/tNZW0
Post by DrivingandDashcam on Nov 21, 2015 1:29:09 GMT -5
We had horrific accident in early morning on November 19th. It was dark, a black Mercedes parked on shoulder lane with no hazard. Driver in Dodge Ram was either tired or distracted, drifts into shoulder lane and rams the Mercedes. Man alone in Mercedes was sent hospital quick due to several head traumas.
I can see why pickup truck can be dangerous when rearending normal size car. That's where Dodge Ram's height just go over car's frame and hit the body. Mercedes's rear got ate.
Post by DontDentMyCar on Nov 26, 2015 13:01:04 GMT -5
Man it's really great of you to post these pictures. Nothing like seeing a totaled vehicle, forever lifeless, to let people know what awaits them if they're distracted for even a second. Really appreciate the background you give on them too DrivingandDashcam .
Regarding your comment how the Ram's frame went over the bumper, yeah this is just plain stupid design and regulation which should be fixed for all vehicles, where the frames should always be aligned because if they aren't, what's the point in having a bumper. Too bad the driver had head trauma, hope he survives.
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