Had a 110mph collision

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  1. Thug

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    Most know what I do for a job, but just wanted to tell you about this collision I had the night before last.
    I was going to a job and on a clear open road, which was a straight dual carriageway with a national speed limit.
    It was well lit, having double street lamps along the inside (between the 2 Armco barriers) and only one other car on the road.
    I was travelling at about 115mph in my works BMW 530 estate to a report of a drink driver.
    As I reached an area where one of the lamps were out a deer ran from my nearside straight in front of my car. I had no chance to stop or slow enough o avoid hitting it.
    The recorded collision (by the cars black box) was 99mph. This always underestimates as it doesn't take into account the speed that is lost when you hit something, but the speed immediately prior was 110mph.
    The deer exploded its insides all over the car.

    Luckily when I hit it, it pushed it forward. If it had launched it into the air it may have come through the windscreen and easily killed me.... a sobering thought.
    I was shook up of course, but also annoyed at damaging a car.

    Damage to the car is front bumper, grills, radiator, bonnet and various mounts on the chassis. The car is wrote off.

    This was a perfect road in perfect conditions, but just one of those unexpected things.

    The whole thing was caught on the in car cctv system, but not sure if I am allowed to show it or not. I will have to ask permission from work. It is gruesome viewing though.

    Last night I had to suffer the stick from my colleagues, calling me Bambi killer, saying Christmas is cancelled this year as I killed Rudolph, finding a sticker of a deer on my box where I keep my work and a cut out of antlers on the front of the car I used last night.

    [​IMG]

    This is just to show to people that no matter who you are, how great the conditions are, its still so easy to have a crash which could potentially be fatal.
     
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  2. marksovereign

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    Very sobering! Glad your ok and thanks for sharing.
     
  3. IronGiant

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    I'm astonished at how little frontal damage there appears to be :eek: Although I realise everything behind the bumper and valance is borked.

    Probably best not link to the vid if it's gory.
     
  4. Thug

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    That's the thing with modern cars, the plastic is designed to flex and bounce back into shape. As you said, its whats behind there has took the blow too.

    The video is shot through the windscreen and shows (in fairly dark) the deer appear from the nearside and get hit by the car. The windscreen get covered in all kinds of mess.
     
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    I'll let you make the judgement call as to whether it's OK to post it :thumbsup:
     
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    Is it common practice to be doing 115mph going to a reported incident?

    Glad to see you're ok after that.
     
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    Have you seen the BMW in Germany that hit a deer? It went straight through the bonnet grill and wrapped itself round the engine :eek:

    Only external damage is the broken bonnet grill.
     
  9. Thug

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    Maybe that was the problem, the deer couldn't find a deer crossing area so took its chances. Or maybe it didn't watch the green cross deer when it was a young buck.
     
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    Yes, its common practice to go FAR quicker than this should the need arise.

    Thanks :)
     
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    Good to hear that you are OK after your "adventure"

    Surely the car is not a write off ? might not be suitable for your line of work but I would not mind betting it gets sold of and repaired . For the speed of the impact it has survived very well even if there is unseen damage to the chassis rails etc .
     
  12. Ron240

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    I realise you are asking a simple question, but it could be seen as looking to apportion blame for the incident.
    We all know the emergency services are allowed to exceed speed limits while on duty, but are still responsible for their own actions and others safety while doing do.
    Like PCthug hinted at.....i think 115mph was quite conservative under the conditions he stated.

    P.S. Glad to hear you are ok....and will view the video with considerable interest if you post it.
     
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    glad your ok! does make you think about the "unexpected" moments that could happen.
     
  14. Thug

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    I thought that too as it appeared cosmetic. Ok, they may be more damage upon further investigation than what I could see.
    It has over 144,000 miles on the clock, so that could be a deciding factor too.
     
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    This is what I go on about when people say that its ok to speed in the right circumstances/situations, where this shows that it just may not be.

    It happened on a big, clear open road with no houses anywhere near. It had a national speed limit, it was a dual carriageway, well lit, with no 'cut throughs' gaps in the central reservation, no pedestrian access, only one other car on the road at the time, late at night. In other words the ideal road to speed on safely... or so I thought.
     
  16. Thug

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    Actually, when I said I was travelling at 115mph, I had only just got onto the road 30 seconds before, and had just touched that speed, but was already starting to slow as I hit the deer. I hadn't been travelling at that speed for long (only a second or 2), but would have probably gone faster if that other car wasn't there.
     
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    Its not often you see a headline like this. Had a 110mph collision. And still be able to post about it. Glad your OK. Suppose your back in the panda car now.;)
     
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    Ha ha, no not in the Panda, but they did take my ticket (driving permit) off me for the rest of the night. Firstly until they could investigate it properly and secondly as I was still shaking and they were worried I would crash (er, again).
     
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    No wonder you were shaking ,the impact noise would have been explosive to say the least. Hope it dont put you off doing what your doing.
     
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    Good to see your ok.
    Do you have to hold of driving for a couple of days?
    or is there standard process that you have to have like 3/4 days off driving and a colleague drive instead.
     
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    Reminds me of a while back when I had a driver for a night shift. He was returning the car the following morning when a deer ran out in front of him. He was sitting there congratulating himself on a superb emergency stop and the total lack of damage when the next deer landed on the car.:D They don't half cause a lot of damage, even to a stationary car!
     
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    I was back driving last night.
    They say if you fall off a horse you should get straight back on it.

    Good news is I am now off for 3 weeks and going to Lanzerote for 2 weeks on Sunday :smashin:
     
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    Is it the 530d? Are they pretty quick then? Driven the 320d and that seemed pretty quick considering it was a diesel.
     
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    Glad to see you're allright. I seriously think you can count yourself lucky.

    I do like your last paragraph, doesn't gallows humour pervade the emergency services, very forgiving bunch.

    Now, if that had been me, probably getting to about 80 mph, I could at least wash down the appliance before returning to the station and that includes the driver's seat.:rolleyes:
     
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    Very lucky! Glad that you're ok. The whole experience must have been very shocking indeed. One minute you are driving, the next you are stationary with a wrecked car and wondering what the **** just happened.
     
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    This was the outcome of a 90mph crash into a deer a friend had...

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    Were the antlers can opener shaped? :eek:
     
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    I had a similar incident with a deer on the A1, albeit at about 60mph. I can only imagine what the thump must have been like at over a ton.

    The point is well taken about the speed limit. There's all manner of situations that might arise outside of your control at speed, yet many of the public choose to ignore those perils and press on regardless. I had a blow-out once and was lucky not to hit something very hard indeed.

    Guess that's why there's old pilots and bold pilots but...

    :)
     
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    You do realise you will be ribbed for this (and sauced) for some time?

    Who killed Bambi?
     
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    Yeah, I think so! Fortunately contact was with its head and shoulder. If it had got another foot or two into the road it could have come through he windscreen! :-S
     

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