Comments on: Horrific high-speed, car-flipping crashes http://www.historiann.com/2011/03/08/horrific-high-speed-car-flipping-crashes/ History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:01:25 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: Jeremy C. Young http://www.historiann.com/2011/03/08/horrific-high-speed-car-flipping-crashes/comment-page-1/#comment-799009 Wed, 09 Mar 2011 05:01:23 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=14394#comment-799009 Seconded what Indyanna said — glad you’re okay.

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2011/03/08/horrific-high-speed-car-flipping-crashes/comment-page-1/#comment-798894 Tue, 08 Mar 2011 23:52:23 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=14394#comment-798894 I agree that it’s amazing there aren’t more accidents. I’m sorry to hear about your bike-car accidents–but as you say, not bad for a lifetime of cycling.

Although there can be a lot of agression among rush hour commuters, I far, far prefer to drive then than at odd times or weekends. Commuters know what they’re doing, and they just want to get there and back. They’re all business. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that both of the spectacular, car-flipping crashes I saw happened in odd hours.

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By: truffula http://www.historiann.com/2011/03/08/horrific-high-speed-car-flipping-crashes/comment-page-1/#comment-798876 Tue, 08 Mar 2011 23:26:59 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=14394#comment-798876 I’m not a driver so I may not have grounds to say this, but it amazes me that there are not more accidents than there are, given all of the distracted driving, anger management issues, and carelessness on display out on the roadways.

I have been hit twice while commuting by bike and suffered one major (solo) wreck in which the only thing I hoped for was that the SUV driver behind had seen me go down and would try to avoid the bump in the road. Ze waited until I had hauled my bloody self up and my bike out of the way and then motored on. One of the accidents was a hit & run and in the other, the driver had the choice of hitting me (not badly) or having the rear of hir car (with kids in booster seats) rammed by somebody making a high-speed, illegal turn. The person who hit me stopped and the person who caused the accident sped away. I was fine but the person who hit me was pretty freaked out. All in all, this is not bad for a lifetime as a cyclist but I see a lot of crazy stuff out there.

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2011/03/08/horrific-high-speed-car-flipping-crashes/comment-page-1/#comment-798813 Tue, 08 Mar 2011 22:20:51 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=14394#comment-798813 DSF & Susan: I think distracted driving may well have been a big part of yesterday’s accident. I just wonder about the legal speeds here: if the driver yesterday had been driving 55 or 60 instead of 70 or 80, I think the car would have been more easily controlled.

I’m sorry to hear that you’ve seen more of this kind of bad business on I-25, DSF.

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By: DSF http://www.historiann.com/2011/03/08/horrific-high-speed-car-flipping-crashes/comment-page-1/#comment-798809 Tue, 08 Mar 2011 22:08:36 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=14394#comment-798809 I don’t know if this makes you feel any better, but this has happened to me twice as well while driving south on I-25 from the state to the north of you to your fair city. I think people drive recklessly on those stretches of road because there’s little to see and they get easily distracted. Unfortunately I’ve also had several friends die in car accidents on these same roads. Whenever I return there from the big city, I always get a bit spooked both by the emptiness and the people who zoom by me when I’m already driving 80 mph. I think keeping a safe distance, a driving speed, and being aware of other drivers are really about all you can do!

In terms of what happens in case of an accident, both times I stopped, the emergency operator told me to leave the person in the car unless there was imminent damage of the car going up in flames. And in both cases the EMTs arrived within five minutes. Both times I also felt like they were going to have to treat me for a heart attack on top of everything else!

Glad you’re okay!

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2011/03/08/horrific-high-speed-car-flipping-crashes/comment-page-1/#comment-798805 Tue, 08 Mar 2011 21:49:35 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=14394#comment-798805 Thanks all–I’m perfectly fine. I just thought it was truly weird to see two similar accidents within such a short span of time. I feel quite ratified to drive quite cautiously from now on! Assured clear distance is a great thing.

As Fratguy likes to say: “I am in control of the amount of space in front of my car.”

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By: Susan http://www.historiann.com/2011/03/08/horrific-high-speed-car-flipping-crashes/comment-page-1/#comment-798802 Tue, 08 Mar 2011 21:38:22 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=14394#comment-798802 Seeing something like this is very frightening — because you are in danger when someone is veering all over the road. I’m glad you’re OK. I wonder if the one yesterday was related to distracted driving.
One of my colleagues was learning to drive in his mid-30s, and commented that the real reason you should learn in your teens was at that age you were not aware of how dangerous it was to go 65 miles an hour in a tin can… He, on the other hand, was terrified.

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By: koshem Bos http://www.historiann.com/2011/03/08/horrific-high-speed-car-flipping-crashes/comment-page-1/#comment-798779 Tue, 08 Mar 2011 19:56:34 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=14394#comment-798779 Every day on the way and back home, I feel fortunate not to be involved in a traffic accident. Many drive wildly; there is a lot of rage in drivers (must be the modern car technology), many are ignorant of driving rules and many more drive stupidly.

I wish everyone safe driving.

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By: quixote http://www.historiann.com/2011/03/08/horrific-high-speed-car-flipping-crashes/comment-page-1/#comment-798775 Tue, 08 Mar 2011 19:40:36 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=14394#comment-798775 Historiann, I hate to say this, but an intelligent woman like you has already figured this out. There are no common elements between these two events. I mean, think about it. Sled : Ford Focus. Night : day. Engine in flames : engine not in flames. And so on.

The only common element is … you.

So I have to make the only possible point: from now on, commute to work by pogo stick.

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By: Indyanna http://www.historiann.com/2011/03/08/horrific-high-speed-car-flipping-crashes/comment-page-1/#comment-798769 Tue, 08 Mar 2011 19:06:42 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=14394#comment-798769 Wow, I’m just glad this is a report by you, not about you! There’s no really good “book” on how people should, or at least will, react when trying to be samaritans. The sense of helplessness takes over and time seems to stand still. Fires can erupt with fairly little warning. Still, it’s probably best to wait for experts. We have an EMT/First Responder training program at night in the building where I work, so this is always on my mind.

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