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Over In The Blink Of An Eye

Discussion in 'Get it off your chest' started by Herbie87, Jan 14, 2020.

  1. Herbie87

    Herbie87 Keyboard Hero

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    This didn't happen to me but a good friend and work colleague of mine, but it's just given me a bit of a shake up in terms appreciating how quickly life could, in the blink of an eye, be snatched from you.

    Driving home from work along a stretch of road going from a 30mph to 40mph limit and approaching a junction on the left, a complete and utter moron coming the other way, for no logical reason, pulled across him to take the junction. Obviously there was a massive crash in which my colleague, in his 30's like me with a young family, had no chance to even brake for let alone avoid. Thankfully the cars did their job, and both my colleague and the moron have avoided any serious injuries.

    Talking to him yesterday we were discussing how things could have been far far worse and how he was lucky to walk away from the crash, but I just couldn't get past the fact that you can quite literally be minding your own business one second, and dead the next. It's certainly made me refocus on the things that are actually important in life. I certainly want to make a conscious effort to enjoy the finer things.

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  2. Meal Dot

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    Starred in that movie more than once and as you say, it's over before you know it. Modern cars are much safer than the ones I used to crash when I was young (Didn't even wear seat belts) but it's still not an event you want to be involved in. I tend to drive (and ride) very defensively these days and expect the worst so I'm looking for it all the time. Prevention is better than AAARGGHH!
     
  3. Felixlogs

    Felixlogs Keyboard Hero

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    My Dad gave me some invaluable advice when I started driving; Assume that every other driver is a moron.
     
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    Yr Mate had a lucky escape Herbie.

    Its unbelievable that some people drive the way that they do and that is the reason why in life we have to have rules just incase we are confronted with a moron like that.

    I hope the police throw the book at him.
     
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    Gary Jones Very Active

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    Theres another thread running at the minute discussing the poor standard of today's driving and we didnt have to wait long for the confirmation sadly.

    Glad your mate made it home to his family in 1 piece
     
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  6. Herbie87

    Herbie87 Keyboard Hero

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    There is dash camera footage from two cars behind the moron, so I hope they do too!
     
  7. Lev Levvin

    Lev Levvin BEAST OF BODMIN

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    I learned that lesson very violently in 2000

    driving to work in a transit van when a bunch of joyriding B******s overtook me at speed and caused an oncoming car to swerve and plough into my cab at 70mph

    killed the passenger... cut him in half as he was thrown out of side window...driver lost a leg...

    I ended up in the back of the transit still in the drivers seat with multiple injuries

    Couldn’t walk properly for over a year...suffered with flashbacks for much longer.

    having someone’s innards splashed in your face does that..:(

    yes... your life can change or end in a split second

    ALWAYS tell your Mrs you love her before you go out... without fail...
     
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    Herbie87 Keyboard Hero

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    Jesus Christ, Lev. That sounds horrific :( and all because of some James Blunts having a jolly.
     
  9. Lev Levvin

    Lev Levvin BEAST OF BODMIN

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    It wasn’t good :(

    Knock on effects caused me to lose my job eventually as I couldn’t walk miles any more... my marriage fell apart...and other stuff...

    took years to blank it from my mind.
    I’m still nervous on open carriageways even now

    the filth who’d stolen the ford Orion and caused the crash were never found
    The car was abandoned with all doors open and engine still running
     
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  10. audi swift

    audi swift Man up & pull the bloody trigger.... HFT 101.

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    Glad your mates okay bud, looks nasty that... . & Lev sorry to hear what happened to you :(.

    Someone T-boned my car a couple days before x-mas from a side street only a small bump mind thank ., & only very light cosmetic damage to my car, hence I got off very lightly with just a bit of back ache & shoulder ache. My cars in for repair now as we speak due to x-mas & new year being closed or booked up.
     
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    I don't blame you, most people would be nervous if that's happened to them.

    It's bad enough that they got away, I just hope they are not oblivious to what they caused.

    Sorry if this has dragged up some ill feelings.
     
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  12. Lev Levvin

    Lev Levvin BEAST OF BODMIN

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    Thanks bud.
    I’ll be honest I’ve been staring into space for a little while remembering...

    Thankfully all I see these days is the van windscreen turning white and then being in hospital... I’ve managed to lock away the terrible visions.

    I genuinely don’t think the skanks ever knew what they’d done... unless they heard it on local news etc

    I remember seeing the black Orion screaming past my van on a long sweeping single lane on a downhill section of no-barrier carriageway,
    The silver fiat coming the other way swerving to avoid them and tipping up onto two wheels as it headed towards my cab... windscreen blew out and that’s all I remember now.

    thankfully.
     
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  13. psycho inside

    psycho inside Psycho by name, chilled by nature....

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    Unfortunately, due to my job, I see this more often than I would actually like to. It does make you stop and think, and certainly re-evaluate things, like life...!
    Glad your mate is ok, and glad you are able to talk about things Lev.
    Take care.:thumb:
     
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    I had a really nasty accident last year where a lorry pulled out in from of me, I had no chance. I pretty much walked away but glass went into my eyes when the windows blew.

    They’re only pieces of metal, thank goodness your friend and the idiot walked away from it.
     
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  15. Lev Levvin

    Lev Levvin BEAST OF BODMIN

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    I have nothing but the greatest respect for the Emergency services who deal with this awful stuff every day and have to carry on regardless
     
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    Thankfully, cars are all designed and built to be sacrificial in these scenarios. Glad you managed to walk away relatively unharmed Mikey, though it sounds like you were nearly blinded!

    This sort of thing seems to be far more common than I thought. Obviously there are lots of "accidents" on the road, but knowing that there are drivers out there that seemingly have their eyes closed is scary. I do tend to drive with an "expect the unexpected" mentality, but it's quite apparent that these things happen and that you literally cannot do a single thing to prevent/avoid it.
     
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    It’s terrible out there mate. I drive 60k miles a year and I often think I’ve seen it all and then “boom” another idiot makes a new entry to the list....
     
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    Lev Levvin BEAST OF BODMIN

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    I’ve been a biker since the early 80’s and have a really defensive attitude to driving.

    always treat other vehicles as if they HAVE NOT seen you, or simply don’t care....

    touch wood it’s served me well on two wheels
     
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    I work in an automotive body repair centre and some of the sights I see are horrifying. I work with anything from a car to hgv.
    Most car repairs are small scuffs on bumpers/wings.
    Hgv stuff is a different story. They are usually really big jobs.
    And it’s all down to that lapse of concentration for a split second.


    Regards Dan
     
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    Stevie Darling Sexual tyrannosaurus

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    People wonder why I gave up driving!

    Especially these days, everybody is concentrating on everything else apart from driving.
     
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