Date registered: Apr 2007
Vehicle: 1999 E320, 1975 450SEL, 1979 280SE
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Serious accident 2008 C300 sport
My mother and father in law were involved in a serious crash this past Friday afternoon. They were driving along a rural highway (single lane each direction) at about 50+ mph. They were in their 2008 C300 sport. The car had just turned 20k miles. This was their first MB. They truly loved it. The car is a total loss. They are both nearly 70 years old. My father in law was driving. Suddenly, a Jeep Grand Cherokee, traveling in the opposite direction, made a left turn right into them. The Jeep driver did not see them coming. He turned left as if no one were there. The airbags of the MB deployed at impact with the Jeep. But, the MB was deflected off and ran into a utility pole at a high rate of speed. Since the airbags had already deployed, there were some injuries when the car hit the pole. All were transported to the hospital. My father in law suffered serious bruises and pain but no broken bones or serious injury. (He actually climbed out of the wreckage and walked around after the collision.) He was released from the hospital the following day. My mother in law suffered seven broken ribs as well as a broken sternum. She is still in the hospital but is expected to make a full recovery. It will be a long road back to normal for her. Both credit the Mercedes for saving their lives. I understand the airbags deploying and being useless for the second collision. But, I have questions. Do the seatbelts relax after the first impact? And, does the 2008 C300 have daytime running lights? My father in law thought that it does. But, the car was a darker silver shade of paint and the Jeep driver was heading toward the sun. He is about my in laws age and, infact, they know each other. He has a collasped lung and a few broken bones. He had to be cut out of the Jeep. All are expected to be ok. Looking at the attached pics, you'll agree that they are all lucky to be alive!