Date registered: Aug 2007
Vehicle: 2006 C230 Sport
Location: Florida's Space Coast
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The last accident I had was in a '99 Altima (about the same size as a C class.) I had just gone through a green light, checked my speed (45 mph, the limit) and gone ~ 200 yds when a Geo Tracker made an illegal left turn right in front of me. I just had time to yell "hang on!" to my wife and stand on the brakes. No way to know how fast I was going at impact, but the air bags didn't activate. We were checked out at the local ER, and other than muscle strains, we were OK. The driver of the Tracker was admitted, but not seriously injured.
My car had ~$3000 damage, the Tracker was totaled. If there had been a passenger, he/she would probably been killed. The point is a lot of damage to cars doesn't necessarily mean serious injury.