Monday, January 11, 2021

Stomp on the brakes man

It is years since I have witnessed the aftermath of a car crash down below. They were frequent and often before the intersection was redesigned. Then in two consecutive days I saw the aftermath of two crashes. Full on day today, Monday, and maybe too effed to post anything for Tuesday.

It is rare to see St Johns Ambulance at a car crash. Perhaps just passing by. I don't know who was at fault but I would wager the white car, old enough to not have ABS (non skid braking system). It is clear though that one of the cars  was at fault without extenuating circumstances. 

While it is not an excuse to not drive to the conditions, the first wet morning for ages could be considered as extenuating, especially in an older car without ABS.


The assaulted car was still driveable but the offender was a tow truck job. Is tow truck a world wide word? I will be pleased if you don't know a word in any of my posts and let me know. 


23 comments:

  1. Well I must say, from my perspective, that top intersection looks VERY confusing with all those lines on the pavement!

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    1. Steve, while in some ways it is confusing, the part in photo is not. The guidance lines and arrows are clear. Duh, if you want to turn right, be in the right turn side of the road, ditto left turn and of course for straight ahead, be in the middle.

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  2. I'm with Steve on that confusing intersection, in first photo.

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    1. Strayer, I will add to my reply to Steve, the yellow lines are tram clearance lines, so cars must stay to the left of them. In your case, I suppose to the right.

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  3. This is like looking out our window, although it has been a while since we've had a fender bender.
    Tow truck is used here.
    I keep forgetting to mention, re your comment on our clothing for this cold days and that you didn't think you could manage.
    We have heated steering wheels and heated seats in our cars, do you?

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    1. Jackie, you on the posher higher level don't have such a close view. We say mudguard rather than fender.
      The clothing would be a steep learning curve for me. Today was very hot here, but we quickly move from one cooled car, transport or building to another. Maybe you do the same for the cold.
      I don't believe we have heated steering wheels. Cooled steering wheels would be nice. Heated seats are available on some upmarket cars but not really necessary here.

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  4. Possible brake failure? I just hope no one was hurt.

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    1. River, brakes are so fail safe now, so unlikely but yes, it is possible in a really old car. I'd go for driving incompetence every time. I don't think anyone was really hurt.

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  5. There's nothing like a good crash; as long as it happens to others! I really can't understand why there isn't a giant roundabout down there, that would keep the traffic moving, and everyone knows the rules.

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    1. Cro, firstly it would have to oval shaped, with trams running through the centre of it with all cars having to give way to trams, as is the law. The rules about stopping at a red light and proceeding on a green are quite clear too.

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  6. We use term tow truck.
    Stay safe and coffee is on

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    1. Dora, see Cathy's comment below, towies.

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  7. I ‘love’ big intersections with tram tracks.......not!
    Which way was the black car going - his bonnet is up, did he get hit in the front and moved on past the white car
    And that’s an awfully big bit of paper the couple are ‘exchanging names and insurance companies’ on.

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    1. Remember the days when towies would be stationed on black spot corners....just waiting.....first one there got the job!

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    2. Cathy, the black car was heading the way it is facing, towards the city. The other was in Kingsway. I can't see the paper you mention. I do remember the avaricious towies around waiting for crashes. They delighted in wet weather. Was it John Cain who pulled 'free enterprise' into line with rules?

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  8. Tow truck is used here in the US. I note the actual vehicles have changed over the years. When I first started driving tow trucks were basically pickup trucks with small cranes in the back. It would pull the car with the hood pointed upwards. Now tow trucks are basically flatbeds, and once the car is on, it remains horizontal.

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    1. Thanks for the confirmation Kirk. I wonder if the change to flat beds is because of front wheel drive, rear wheel, all wheel, locked wheels? The car can be dragged onto the truck but no further damage is done by it being on its own wheels. Plus, I've seen cars on the flat bed and one being towed as you described behind.

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  9. Crunch, there was a really bad accident near me recently.

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    1. Bad accidents chill me. We are all so vulnerable.

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  10. Some excitement for you with two accidents in a row. Hopefully no one was badly injured.
    I once had an accident after the first rains of the season, just taking off from a set of traffic lights and turning right, the car just skidded and I drove into a ditch on the side of the road. I was probably doing 40km or so, but just like people say, I saw my life story flashing before me, then the car came to a stop in front of a small tree. I just got a bit of a shock.

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    1. Sami, yes so many get caught like that and it usually has a real impact on the way you drive in the future.

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  11. Was that the view out of your window ? Mr. G also watches the cars, but so far there was no accident and there is not a lot of traffic either !

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    1. It was taken from our balcony Gattina.

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