My parents are alive today because of the soundness of a 2000 s500. This came from the doctor who treated them at the emergency room and saw the extent of the other party's injuries.
The collision occurred on November 17, 2007 and was head on and at full speed, 70mph. So the effective collision speed was 140mph. Both my parents were wearing their seat belts. Neither my mother or father had any broken bones. My mother's knees hit the dashboard and has some swelling for a few weeks. One of my father's knees hit the dashboard and was fine. Judging from the pictures I took of the car in the salvage yard, I think every airbag in the car deployed.
The other car was flipped onto its side. One of the three passengers fled the scene. Another died on the spot. Another was transported to the hospital via helicopter after the road was closed to allow the helicopter to land. There was drug use and alcohol involved in the accident.
This was a bad accident. One of our local news stations, WAFF 48, did a complete story on it, and it was on the evening news. I can't find the video on their web site, but I do have a copy of it that I can post once I find it.
The 2000 s500 that sacrificed itself had over 100,000 miles on it and apparently had some minor body work on the side of the collision. We bought a certified pre-owned 2002 s500 with <50k almost identical to the 2000 as a replacement. I was never a real fan of Mercedes before. Now, I will never allow my parents to drive anything less.
Here's a link to photos of the car after the investigation, which took over a month. I still can't believe how well this car protected my parents.
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