Vorsprung Durch Technik?

An accident on Germany's A2 autobahn involving 259 cars has left 66 people injured, 10 of them seriously, but incredibly resulted in no deaths.

The pile-up occurred in the late evening, when a combination of heavy rain and a setting sun hampered the drivers' vision and made the road conditions slippery. The first accident happened near Hamelerwald, and began a cascade of other accidents that over the next two hours grew to span a 30 kilometre stretch of road. It finally took 340 emergency workers well into the next morning to finish dealing with the people and vehicles involved and the clean-up cost is expected to exceed 1.75 million Euros, i.e. $2.5 million (NY Daily News).
     Posted By: Dumbfounded - Sat Jul 25, 2009
     Category: Accidents | Destruction | Disasters | Motor Vehicles | Cars

wow! drive according to the weather conditions people. 259 cars that's got to be a world record. and no one was killed that's a blessing.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 07/26/09 at 05:35 PM
This isn't on topic necessarily but the Germans are taking over WU. Look at the last several post. WTH is going on?
Posted by Pablo on 07/26/09 at 06:23 PM
Both amount to about the same thing MW and I agree. Speed Kills is just wrong! More people break for an accident than run from one.

Inattention, poor driving skills, and way, way too much dependence on automation, IMO, are the primary cause of accidents. A driving license has become a "civil right" instead of something that is earned.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 07/27/09 at 05:37 AM
driving is not a time to multi-task. some things are to important to have divided attention for.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 07/27/09 at 07:45 AM
motorcycles scare me too much. i took care of people over the years when i was a nurse aide who were destroyed both physically and mentally by motorcycle accidents. in more than one occurance the injured party did not cause nor could they avoid the accident. one that haunts me still was a beautiful woman of 32 who had been injured 2 years before she came to us. she was thrown head first into a pole, leaving her no higher functions. she was on a tube feed becuse her mom couldn't let her go. her mucles were atrophying even with physical therapy. she and i were the same age. i'm 45 now and the last i heard she was still exsisting in the same state. people like that can continue to exsist for upwards of 20 years or more. it's heartbreaking.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 07/27/09 at 08:58 PM
yes, good gear makes you much safer and people do more dangerous stuff everyday. it still freaks me out a bit, but that's just me. i'm one of those people who is always expecting the worst. i'm glad you have good gear and ride safe. 😊
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 07/28/09 at 12:16 AM
defensive driving, always a good idea.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 07/29/09 at 08:01 PM
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