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According to IIHS, if my wife drives in a toyota prius, then her medical bills will be nearly 20 percent lower than if she drives an S class mercedes.
Only have to pay medical expenses for the survivors! So yes there is not likely to be any medical bills in a bad Prius accident.
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Take a look at this one, it is a W221 S Class but I have seen the same with W220 and W140. No one was badly injured in this car accident.

http://www.benzworld.org/forums/w221...-accident.html

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Mercedes are very safe compared to lots of other cars - but all this "Japanese econo box" bashing is naive/fanboy-ish. Lets face it: the Prius is a modern car with a good crash test rating. It is no death trap. In fact, ALMOST EVERY modern car is safe enough to save you in some very nasty crashes, with the exception of a couple (chevy Aveo). Just because the body work doesn't feel as thick as a Mercedes doesn't mean that the frame isn't made with high strength steel.
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Here's my understanding of crash dynamics. If you hit an immovable object you take all the forces of the impact - so if you hit a tree, bridge, etc the heavier the car, the more force your body takes. Better to hit a tree or bridge in a light car as you're subject to less forces.

BUT, if you hit something moveable like another car you want to be in the heavier car as the crash forces transfer to the lighter object.

Then you have to add to the formula things that dissipate the forces like crumple zones, seat belt pretensioners, webbed belts that stretch, 3 point v. 2 point belts (shoulder/lap belt v. lap belt), air bags. It's not only getting crushed, it's also deceleration forces on your internal organs.

Small modern cars often have more features to dissipate deceleration forces than do older large cars. So it's a matter of what the other object is in the crash & how your vehicle protects you from decleration & crush forces. I notice several people saying how they were saved because of their big car, then they say the driver of the small car climbed out. So in reality, the small car actually did a better job through science vs. just using bulk to protect the driver.

The driver of the small car gets a new car, the MB driver gets a rebuilt car with a tarnished CarFax.

Which is better? That's a personal choice. I choose MB because it's so much more enjoyable day to day & will protect me in a crash, but the small car likely could stop shorter & swerve tighter to avoid a crash in the first place. Toyota v. MB - each have different strengths, to blindly say one is safer shows a lack of understanding.
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On 02/17 of this year, I was driving my C230 at around 50 mph when a girl in a Ford F150 truck made a left turn right in front of me. She was doing about 35 mph as she turned, and she never hit the brakes. There was nothing I could have done to avoid the accident, but believe me, I tried to dodge right, and if she had seen me and hit the brake even a little, I would have made it past her.

The paramedics were surprised that I was uninjured, and credited the Mercedes for saving my life. And yes, it was totaled. Based on real life experience, I'll stick with Mercedes.
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On this side of the Ocean, MB has saved a lot of lives, trust me.

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Only have to pay medical expenses for the survivors! So yes there is not likely to be any medical bills in a bad Prius accident.

Yeah, so it is
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Yes, Diana didn't wear a seatbelt.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for noting that she did not wear her belt. Yes, she would have easily survived. She was in the only segment of the car that had no visible external damage, but was also in the safety of the rear. Her 'give a damn' attitude in life caught up with her, when didn't wear her seat belt, in possibly the strongest S Class ever built. She probably could have opened her undamaged door and gotten out and walked around.
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Only have to pay medical expenses for the survivors! So yes there is not likely to be any medical bills in a bad Prius accident.
This is a stunningly accurate statement. The College of American Pathologists (CAP) runs a data center, in which they study the results of autopsies- pathologist are those who officially perform autopsies and all their results are forwarded to the CAP for quality control and comparative analysis.

It is astonishing that their results are not blended into the studies of crash "survivors". The most prominent example is that they have medical results regarding "drunk drivers" from blood samples from the dead drivers in crashes (the police don't do a breathalyzer on the dead drivers!!!). If those results were included with surviving drivers, the findings would be that deadly crashes have drunk drivers involved in close to 80% of crashes.

But because so many organizations exclude CAP data, the deadly results of drunk drivers is drastically understated!!!

The same could be true for above.

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