Engineers Save a Life
Posted on April 19, 2013 Comments (7)
This photo was taken by the driver’s parents when they arrived. It doesn’t show much of what it went through to get there, but it gets most of the point across. The picture was taken 200 feet away and looking down from the road.
I shouldn’t be alive discussion on Reddit.
cmdshftn: Great engineering saved your life. The vehicle’s safety systems from the seatbelt to the crumple zones to the design of the seat kept you safe and alive despite all hell going on around you. Please write a letter to the manufacturer thanking their design team, but above all, follow up with whoever you need to in that jurisdiction to find out why there isn’t a guard rail on that road! Vehicle safety helps, but great road design to prevent an accident like yours helps more!
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These sort of accidents happen on this stretch of highway an average of a couple times a day during the Winter and continue to be a problem a couple times a month during the Summer due to the lack of guard rails (Source: California Highway Patrol).
I want to thank my rescuers who unfortunately witnessed my accident, called 911 right away, helped me get out of the river and climb up the boulders, helped me collect some of my things that survived, and kept me warm until the paramedics arrived. You all left before I could thank you in person.
And I want to thank the engineers for building such an awesome car
RIP VIBErator! It was snowing/raining hard on Highway 50 between Sacramento and South Lake Tahoe, CA on 4/15/13. My car fish tailed out of my control and I went off what is essentially a cliff. My front end hit the boulders first, flipped onto my back end, flipped back onto the front, and then settled sideways in the river. It took a dive team, two tow trucks, a flat bed, and $5000 out of pocket to get it out of the river. ALWAYS WEAR YOUR SEAT BELT!
The above comments also makes it seem like failing to take advantage of the engineering solution offered by guard rails is a risky decision. Installing guard rails costs quite a bit of money (probably not helped by inefficient government practices) so I would imagine that is the tradeoff that leads to unsafe roads.