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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.
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Glad to hear that you survived, and are doing well. How is your back, and how is the CLK?

Stories like yours are the reasons why people buy MBs over any other car in the world.


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My back is fine. I walked out of the hospital that night. Well, after being ignored for 2 hours in the ER. The nurse even admitted that they only had 2 other people being treated. They also told me not to worry about my left arm being numb. The feeling came back 3 days later.

The bitch of it is this: I'm a licensed health insurance broker in the state. I was in a transition between plans so I took a cheap health plan for one month. I haven't been to a doctor for anything other than a physical in 5 years. Of course, the accident happened during that month.

When I told my insurance to give me "Full Coverage", they even covered the stereo. I have no idea why, but I didn't have hospitalization on my car insurance and my temp plan didn't cover ER visits. I'm still paying the damn things...

Irony... I've always told my clients that the deductible is the least of your worries. Most people are underinsured and don't even know it. Yah.. I felt like an ass.

Now the CLK... the first night was a very heavy storm. I went to pass a huge pickup truck (full compensation package) with no mud flaps. The "fast lane" turned from black to green. The car pulled out of the muddy grass like it was dry ground. The little "I drive better than you, Asshole" light came on and it did its job. Like I tell admirers... once you own one, you're sure as hell not going back to a Toyota.
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Oh yah... the only reason my wife was happy. She got on the scene of the accident and saw my license plate frame in the middle of the street getting run over:

My other ride is your wife

She never found the amusement that I did. Especially when she drove the car.
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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.
Excellent post.

On a related note Princess Di would probably still be alive today had she worn her seat belt. Her bodyguard was seated on the front passenger position, where a lot of the impact occurred, and he survived!

I also like your signature about Internet arguments...very astute!
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Wow. Glad you are okay!!!

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Glad your fine , this is why I have the S class !!
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i switch from 03 grand am to 1983 300d . i unbelivable that 1983 car is more solid and handels better than new one . gm has alot to learn about . i was hit in rear of grand am by pickup at 10 miles per hour . pontiac had 8000 dolars worth of damage luckly i walked away if truck was going 20 chp said i would have been killed. i fell much better in my mb tank.
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Why I bought a MB

Good Story Prana

Same story with me and my wife. My wifes 5th not at fault accident, hit once in the side, 3 (count them) rear ends, plus this one, a red car running a red light. My wife T-Boned the red runner. (within 4 years and yes, insurance is becoming difficult) Fortunately she was not T-Boned. The cars previously driven? 1989-1991 Volkswagen Jettas. German Engineering. Couldnt get around to getting another Jetta as it does seem to attract steel, so I searched the IIHS including the European crash test sites and came up with 4 vehicles. Jetta (already taken off list) Subaru, Volvo and Mercedes Benz. We dont have a ton o cash, but I was able to get my wife into the B200. (the other vehicles just didnt price out right) It doesnt do anything too suddenly (non-turbo version) and is pretty much completely predictable. 6 air bags, sandwich design, esp, traction control and so on. Very pleased to have one of the safest vehicles on the road imo. We cant change the fact that there are unsafe drivers on the roads, and fate will still bring people together in terrible accidents, but I can do all I can to make a potential accident, have the highest favourable outcome - and thats with Mercedes Benz.







My new B200 (similar without sunroof and black interior and not a CDI)

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I'm glad to know she's ok. I love how the car is crumpled all the way up to the cabin, then nothing. That's exactly what keeps us alive.
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