I think you should go to jail if you cause a crash while using a phone. This story doesn't confirm it, but I'm betting a phone was involved.
This was posted over on the 356 Registry, but I thought you guys should see as it serves a good lesson. It's stuff like this that makes me sick. People were hurt (could have been a lot worse) and a beautiful car that's been around for 45+ years is now gone, all because someone was not paying attention.
Below is the story as the owner put it. Keep in mind they were driving back to Napa from a 356 meet in Park City. Almost made it too..
Here are a few pics, more can be seen in the thread HEREFirst...my wife is OK. Second...I am OK. We are a bit bruised but required no medical assistance.
The car is another story. It is a total loss after a 70mph impact from a 2003 Mazda sedan that was being driven by a kid(maybe 20) with 3 other kids in the car. We were stopped for construction on I80. I saw him coming and started to use the medial grass to my left to avoid impact, I was stopped, I selected first gear. turned left and patched out but did so just a little too late. I don't think the outcome would have been good if we had been sandwiched between the Mazda and the Toyota that he also hit. The toyota was pushed into a Ford pickup...all were stopped at impact. Because I was attempting to escape, the glancing blow to our right rear spun our car 180* and put the right side of the car into the guard rail. I don't know what the kid was doing since all lanes were stopped and visibility allowed us to be seen a half mile away. You just can't adjust for stupid.
Shame about the car, but glad everybody's ok. It's funny to read through the thread and see everybody bitching about "kids" and their texting. I see dozens and dozens of working professionals who commute in every morning with their eyes glued to a smartphone.
Age has little to do with it.
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MemeGate 2012 - First Responder, post #2
Originally Posted by .skully.
Why yes; that she tropper has sideburns...
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I had 2 accidents, one ended up being a total loss and the other slight damage all due to the other party not paying attention.
In both cases, I was 0% at fault and was younger than the other party by 2 decades. Does age have anything to do with this? Well depends, the older audience likes to jump to the gun that its the age and they have no responsibility. Well. What happens when a 40yr old is late and rushing to work and runs a red light and slams into a young adult minding his own business, crossing an intersection? Is it right to say that he's senile?
Moral here is that everyone makes mistakes, no matter what age. Let's all be happy that we are alive and ok.
I was once rear ended by a lady more than twice my age ( i was 22 at the time ) i was stopped in traffic and got rear ended by a pick up going nearly 45mph. called a cop to the scene and the cop told me that it coudlve been my fault if i was on the phone. i denied being on the phone cuz i wasnt anyway. cop said he's gonna "look me up" to see if i was lying, came back to my car and ended up writing the police report.
people jump the gun to assume its the younger inexperienced drivers fault and accuse them for tons. Like others said, age isn't a factor, carelessness, a characteristic that anyone can have regardless of age, is indeed a factor.
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