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Accident or collision

Discussion in 'Other Discussions' started by Salty, Sep 13, 2019.

  1. Salty

    Salty 20,000 Posts Club
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    I do have a couple of questions here - RC3 - at the time just before the collision - were you stopped at a red light? Had it just turned green? Or did he run the red after it had be green for at least 5 seconds.

    The reason I ask - is that if we are stopped at the light - it is our responsibility to look both ways - before proceeding. Many people think that green means "GO" and that is incorrect! Green means proceed with caution. Another misconception is that we think "But I have the right of way" Actually, no one has the right of way until it is given to you.

    I would always tell my class - "its not a matter of who it right or wrong - but rather a matter of preventing a collision.

    A collision happens when a vehicle comes in contact with another vehicle, item (pole, sign, ect) or the road - (ie car flips over)
    An accident is an unfortunate event that could not have been prevented.

    98+% of all collisions are preventable.


    You did mention air bags. Yes, they can be dangerous - expecally for those under 5'4" because you are sitting too close to the steering wheel. One way to over come that is to tape a 2x4 to the pedals - that will give you at least a couple of inches more aware from the steering wheel. Your belly button should be 10 -12 inches away from the steering wheel. (makes no difference if you have an inny or outty)
    In addition, when airbags first came out - they were designed for someone at 150 pounds. Changes have been made.

    Salty
    Retired Driving instructor
     
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    When I was a police officer about 30 years ago, I was dispatched to an accident at one of our busiest intersections. No major injuries. When I arrived, one of the drivers pointed out the traffic lights were green in all directions.

    I was amazed. We had been told in training that was impossible, but obviously not true.

    I agree with you, always make sure it's safe.

    Peace to you
     
  3. Salty

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    I remember several years ago (1997) -some kids removed a stop sign -and the next day a motorist "ran" that stop sign - and I remember the driver and two passenger were DOA:(
     
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    In France we have come across T lights that contiually flash orange. Mainly at night. I guess that means proceed with caution. Also temporary lights in France just have red and flashing orange, I suppose that means the same.
     
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    If I remember correctly - in Germany - when a red light is to turn to Green - for 2 or 3 seconds will be Red and yellow.
     
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    Salty, your terminology may be correct, bit it's incorrect. What you call a collision is officially classified as a "motor vehicle accident" or a "mva".
     
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    maybe so, but in my driving classes, I would emphasize the use of collision, because, I wanted to impress on my students the serverity of such event.
     
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    That is so here as well but in France they go straight from red to green. Technically our yellow is known as Amber.
     
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    Here it is an RTA. Road traffic accident
     
  11. Salty

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    So why dont we say "Head on Accident" !!!
     
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