crazy car accident driving in snow vs truck

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#57
The "explosion" actually absorbs a lot of the kinetic energy the truck had. This is a lot safer than a car made of extremely hard materials that would keep their shape during a collision.
 
#60
Watching it a few times I swear I can see the drivers seat get ejected with the driver sitting in it. It goes flying over towards the trees.
 
#66
This video should be showed in every single driver's ed course, and to everyone. While it is an awful, awful accident, it emphasizes how easy it is to lose control on a highway / fast road when there is even a coating of ice / snow.
 
#67
I always feel lucky when I see stuff like this.

I fell asleep on the interstate once. Went into the grassy median, spun around, went backwards across the oncoming traffic and backwards up a merging ramp.

After I collected myself I drove forward to merge and took the next exit to get coffee and turn around.
 
#75
he sped up to fast in shitty conditions probably with poor tires. Wanting to overtake the other vehicle.
He (probably she) got into the thick slush which started "pulling" the SUV into oncoming lanes, and the driver counter steered too much and lost control.

This is why on slippery highways I use *much* finer inputs and dont over correct.

This one happened because a driver was on ice / snow and lost control. Your point?
Showing videos does nothing to prevent accidents from happening is my point. Because its an accident.

Want to prevent stuff like this from happening? Have people actually practice losing and regaining control in slippery conditions, it has saved me plenty of times.
 
#76
I feel so fortunate not to live in an icy/snowy region. My place only gets icy maybe a few days out of the year.

The video is tragic. A life/lives would have been saved with a simple barrier. Sad.
 
#77
That's why we have center medians in America. Though that could have just as easily happened on a 2 lane road.
I fell asleep on the interstate once. Went into the grassy median, spun around, went backwards across the oncoming traffic and backwards up a merging ramp.
I'll take barriers thank you very much :p

(though those are nearly always fatal in case of motorbike crashes ... )
 
#80
He (probably she) got into the thick slush which started "pulling" the SUV into oncoming lanes, and the driver counter steered too much and lost control.

This is why on slippery highways I use *much* finer inputs and dont over correct.
Yep. What causes these accidents is a person drifting into the slush, turning back to the center of the lane, the tires slide in the slush, the driver steers more, finally the tires either catch grip or slide back onto the dry surface and whammo, all of sudden you're doing 50 miles per hour on the highway with your wheel cranked over hard enough to spin the car.

Edit: When that happens all you can do is keep the throttle steady (or slowly let off of it), gently turn the steering wheel and wait for grip to return. Any sudden movements are just going to fuck everything up. If the car is completely unresponsive and you go off the road then you were going too fast in the first place.
 
#83
I remember when the front a kid I used to work with's camaro got completely removed by a tractor trailer. He was getting onto the highway in snow and fishtailed and luckily only the front of his car got in front of it but the front was completely gone.

Edit: The biggest thing is how in unholy fuck is there no divider between coming traffic? Ridiculous.
 
#86
Yep. What causes these accidents is a person drifting into the slush, turning back to the center of the lane, the tires slide in the slush, the driver steers more, finally the tires either catch grip or slide back onto the dry surface and whammo, all of sudden you're doing 50 miles per hour on the highway with your wheel cranked over hard enough to spin the car.

Edit: When that happens all you can do is keep the throttle steady (or slowly let off of it), gently turn the steering wheel and wait for grip to return. Any sudden movements are just going to fuck everything up. If the car is completely unresponsive and you go off the road then you were going too fast in the first place.
Yep.

Also, it looks like they never even let off the gas, or atleast never even tried to apply the brakes, which I find odd. Braking into/after hitting the box truck could have maybe atleast prevented them from getting sling shot into oncoming traffic (note the brake lights of the box truck and how it handles the accident for comparison sake).
 
#98
Wow, that truck just vanished.

I hate driving on rural roads in Upstate NY or in PA where there's no divider between you and the 40 ton 18 wheeler going 60mph. I always wondered what would happen if one hit my car head on, now I know.
 
#99
You can watch it fine.

The impact is just crazy but nothing that will cause nightmares because you are far removed from the situation.
I have an active imagination and tend to visualize things like this from every possible view point without actually wanting to. Inside that car was another human being like myself, so its impossible for me to feel far removed from it. It thoroughly disturbed me.

Despite the years of constantly being exposed to stuff like this on the Internet, they still get to me.
 
Christ!

Not what I expected. My stomach sank HARD when the SUV exploded into a hundred different parts. No way anyone survived that shit without being torn into dozens of pieces :(
 
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