Car accident scene - defensive driving

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    Aug 05, 2014 6:15 AM GMT


    How are you at avoiding these? Some of these are crazy stupid, I noticed a lot of them are not in America.

    In my life, I have seen two major crashes in front of me, both drivers were killed in each as I approached their smashed up cars to assist. One of them, I was the first on scene, before the days of cell phones, I went house to house asking for help. The other was a wrong way driver on a freeway, in winter, snow covered. Very eerie

    In LA, you must be extremely aware and defensive against stupid people icon_rolleyes.gif



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    Aug 05, 2014 6:36 AM GMT
    Some people are afraid of self-driving cars.

    I'm afraid of non-self-driving cars.
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    Aug 05, 2014 9:12 AM GMT
    Last year I was toned out to a scene where a drunk driver smashed into a newlywed couple. It took us over an hour to cut them out of the vehicle. We ended up losing the wife and the husband survived. Those images haunted me for a while. Of course the drunk guy was unharmed.
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    Aug 06, 2014 1:39 AM GMT
    In LA, when you see a person driving a Range Rover.. stay the fuck away. These assholes are the worst drivers. icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 06, 2014 3:14 AM GMT
    I've seen a few. And barely avoided a few.

    I noticed that in Spain, they would actually show the grisly wreck photos on the evening news - maybe as a deliberate deterrent? (When I was there, pre-depression, they were building new freeways like mad. Lots of people were driving on them for the first time.) Something that would be considered "too shocking" for US television.

    Years ago, the police used to have mangled wrecks, that they had saved in a yard somewhere, towed out and left near major highways on holiday weekends. Not a bad idea. I haven't seen that in a while, but I guess that I mostly stay home on holidays.

    This one caught my eye last month: That wad of tin foil is the same car that I drive. icon_eek.gif The driver died instantly. The rescuers spent two hours cutting the passenger out, and she died later.

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    Aug 06, 2014 5:59 PM GMT
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    Years ago, the police used to have mangled wrecks, that they had saved in a yard somewhere, towed out and left near major highways on holiday weekends. Not a bad idea. I haven't seen that in a while, but I guess that I mostly stay home on holidays.
    I saw one at a nearby fire/rescue station last Memorial Day weekend. It was an attempt to encourage people not to drive drunk. But considering how most people drive, even sober, I think it should simply encourage people not to drive...period. icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 07, 2014 5:52 AM GMT
    I came upon a fatal accident at night once. I was the first one there. In a way it was easier to deal with the guy being dead. The car had rolled over on him. If he'd been alive and screaming for help, I'd have freaked. I couldn't have lifted his car off of him by myself. By him being dead, it was very eerie, quiet, almost peaceful. I viewed the whole scene in a bit of a detached way. When the cops arrived I stepped out of the way. One of them said, "Better back away, it ain't pretty. You won't be able to take it". I didn't tell him I'd already seen it. I think the whole thing made me a more careful driver.