Thursday, September 13, 2012

Car Accident



This photo is from the
Barron County News-Shield

Last week, a young friend of ours was on her way to town in her Buick, about 3:30 PM, driving speed limit on a county highway. A one-ton crew cab diesel truck with a trailer pulled out in front of her from a side road. The force of the impact flipped the 8,000 pound truck and buckled it. You can see from the photos above the resulting damage to both vehicles.

Both drivers walked away from the accident.

This was not because of airbags, but because of the weight and sturdiness of their vehicles. As you can see from the photos above, the front of the Buick took the brunt of the impact, leaving the driver unhurt except for a few cuts and bruises.

Today we saw a small car with a license plate that read, 'LESSGAS'.

It's true that a '91 Buick may not be as cool as a new smaller car and probably doesn't get as good gas mileage as some (it gets low 20s on short trips and high 20s on the highway), but when it's your teenager in the car accident, you might be glad it's a sturdy old Buick. The outcome would have been very different if she'd been driving the little car whose license plate read, 'LESSGAS.'

We praise God that our young friend came through this accident virtually unscathed. We also praise Him for advances in technology that resulted in a vehicle that would protect her from this horrific collision. I guess we have to decide between safety and fuel economy. Maybe some day we can have both.


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27 comments:

Parsley said...

I'm glad all were okay. A miracle, I believe. I think I'll make our daughter learn to drive the old military truck!

Jenn said...

As long as everyone walked away ok.. all is good! And yes, they don't make cars like they used to.. could you imagine if she had been driving a mini cooper??

Denise said...

Praise God for keeping them safe.

Sandra said...

a true blessing they were both unhurt. i often think the same thing you wrote here. I was walking around a Smart Car in the WM parking lot and thinking this is the cutest thing ever and great on gas. and the next thought was, not on the roads here with all the crazy drivers in big trucks and cars. the little cars work good in places like Europe where all the cars are small, but driving a little car is like riding a motorcycle with a roof on it. I was in a horrible roll over accident 10 years ago, my Jimmy was totaled, and bob said it you had been in another car, you would not be alive.

Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

Looks horrible thank goodness everyone walked away!!

Eileen said...

Oh my goodness. Thank goodness they escaped serious injury.

Deanna said...

How scary! I'm glad everyone is okay. Fortunately a lot has been done to improve safety in smaller, fuel-efficient cars. I drive a Prius which the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the coveted "Top Safety Pick" (along with several other small cars). And it gets 50 mpg. Best car we've ever had.

ga447 said...

I am so grateful everyone walked away.I was in a bad accident and I only drive when I have too. So many accidents today.

The Farmer's Daughter said...

I agree totally! I drive a 98 Grand Marquis that was my Mom's, and I don't plan to replace it. It just feels safer.
So glad everyone is okay. It looks like a horrible wreck!

Debra said...

I am so glad your friend is OK. It still makes me shake to see car accident photos. I know the only reason I walked away from my car accident was someone was watching out for me. I think so much depends on the car too. I was driving a friend's mini van, If I had been driving my little car, I don't think there would have been walking away.

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

You are so right. There is something to be said for bigger, sturdier cars.

Ruth Kelly said...

I think that the Lord had a hand in there - it was not time for either of them to go. I truly believe that angels are sent to protect us.

Mama Hen said...

That is a miracle! You are right about having a strong sturdy car. When I was first getting a carb my Dad would do the door test. He would open it and shut it and when it went thump he said it was a great car. If it went tink, he said absolutely not, and called it a tin can. He wanted to know that I would be in a car that was sturdy and could withstand an accident if, God forbid that happened. Thank God your friend was alright and that both drivers walked away without being hurt. I hope you are well. Have a great day!

Mama Hen

Mama Hen said...

That is a miracle! You are right about having a strong sturdy car. When I was first getting a carb my Dad would do the door test. He would open it and shut it and when it went thump he said it was a great car. If it went tink, he said absolutely not, and called it a tin can. He wanted to know that I would be in a car that was sturdy and could withstand an accident if, God forbid that happened. Thank God your friend was alright and that both drivers walked away without being hurt. I hope you are well. Have a great day!

Mama Hen

bj said...

OOO, Judy, I was holding my breath until you said they were both ok.
Mr. Sweet has always insisted we drive a heavier vehicle. I wanted a cute little BUG, bright red with a vase on the dash for flowers, for years. He didn't say NO...he seldom does....it's just that everytime I mentioned it, he would say, "I love you, honey." and I knew. So I quite mentioning that little red Beatle...and he probably saved my life by saying he didn't like them.

RebeccaT said...

Wow, thankful for old clunkers!!! Absolutely amazing everyone was ok.

Lois Christensen said...

So happy your friend is okay! And I have to agree with you on the car safety! This definitely speaks volumes! Thanking God for His hand of protection!

ImSoVintage said...

Very scary. So glad no one was seriously hurt. :)

Vera said...

My goodness!! Glad they could walk away from such an accident. I've always thought there is more protection from the larger sturdier type vehicles, also a picture perfect example of God at work!

Maple Lane said...

So thankful for their safety. My late dad always believed in the safety of a larger car and stressed that to us.

Kara @ Petals to Picots said...

Oh no! Thank goodness everyone was okay!

Chatty Crone said...

Praise God that they walked away - phew - that was bad. And I do believe the bigger cars are more like tanks. I am glad your find is okay.

Judy S. said...

Scary photos! Glad they are both OK.

Candace said...

That is a miracle, Judy! Thank you, Jesus, that they are all okay. That could have had a very different outcome for sure.

Jil~Say It With Roses said...

Scary! I am so happy your friend was able to walk away from this accident! Her Guardian Angel was certainly with her as well as the truck drivers!
We can't drive defensively enough!
♥ Jil

debbie bailey said...

I recently have been test driving cars and fell in love with a Fiat 500. Oh my goodness! It's the cutest car ever! But my husband said he would worry about me if I drove it, so I didn't get it. I read the safety reports and for its size, it's safe. But if I was going to be hit by a school bus, would I rather be in a Fiat or a Suburban? That's a no brainer. So the search goes on for a safe but cool car.

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