Date registered: Mar 2006
Vehicle: 04 SL55 AMG
Location: Sacramento, CA - US
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Why I bought a MB
It's 9pm on a Saturday night. I'm driving to meet a friend for dinner. It's the same route I drive everyday to work so I'm pretty much on muscle memory. I'm a couple blocks away from a (normally) busy intersection. There's no traffic so I just cruise through. Before I can react, I see that I just ran a red light. It immediately doesn't make sense to me... There's never "No Traffic" if it's a red light, let alone on a Saturday evening. Of course, a Nissan is crossing the street and hits my back end. She didn't hit very hard, but with the wet ground (being mid-December) I spun around like a top and right into a telephone pole.
My initial reaction was to turn the engine off, dial 911 and then I went catatonic. I remember people walking by telling me how screwed my car was. Not ONE person asked if I was OK. There's immediate "Screw you" prejudice toward the person who is at fault. Now, the woman's car had minor damage and she was fine. In fact, she was quite pleasant and walking around from what I was told later. The CHP had informed me that not one person checked on my because she was a Hooters Waitress on her way to work. I found out she was ok and the only person worried about me. The CHP didn't give me a ticket as he knows the intersection and understood what I meant by: I wouldn't think it was red with no traffic. He also said I'm the first person in his career to flat out state that it was 100% my fault.
So, the paramedics have to pull me through the passenger door because all other doors are jammed shut. They also think I've got a broken back because my seat broke back on the impact. I don't see the car until 2 days later and a paramedic friend of mine explained how I should be dead for several reasons. No matter what, there's no reason for me to be walking right now, and it's impossible that I actually walked through my front door that night.
As I'm placed in the back of the ambulance, the Paramedic says: "You know you should have died, right?" I just look up and say "Uh... no?"
"Yah, next time buy a Mercedes". All I could say was: "Yes Sir".
I asked my medic friend why he said that. He explained that most accidents that they come across; when people are in a Mercedes, they usually walk away.
So, a few weeks later, I understand what he was talking about. Now, as luck would have it, one day on my way to work I saw my old car (Pontiac Grand Am) and a MB E Class in a head-on collision. The MB owner was gathering things from the back seat while the Pontiac owner was being taken away in an ambulance. There was nothing left to the Grand Am.
First time in my life.... Zero buyer’s remorse.
Last edited by Prana25; 06-22-2006 at 01:33 AM.