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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!
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Scary stuff. I really wish them the strength and mindset to make a strong full recovery. I hope they will be able to get another Mercedes one day too.

What a shame it was the double impact. It seems the jeep almost turned into the side of them, but no side bags?

The passenger compartment of the C is still in solid shape. They really are tough cars, aren't they?

The C in the U.S. does have daytime running lights. However, you must turn them on or off. It's a setting on the display near the steering wheel. So their setting would have even been to off or on. I don't personally use mine.

I do not know the answer to your seatbelt question.

I suppose their age probably contributes to getting a bit more banged up. Just the process of life sadly. I'm so glad they are going to be ok and that they were in the Mercedes. I'm glad the fault driver was ok too, I sure wouldn't ever want to be involved in an incident where anyone was seriously hurt even the one at fault.

Good luck to them all!

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I wish them both a speedy but smooth and painless recovery!

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Seatbelts stay locked when set off, there is a charge that detonates and yanks the belt tight. If the car was repairable, the seatbelts would have had to be replaced.


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Seatbelts stay locked when set off, there is a charge that detonates and yanks the belt tight. If the car was repairable, the seatbelts would have had to be replaced.
Thanks for that info. That explains the harsh bruise on my father in law's shoulder. As far as the daytime running lights go, I don't believe that it should be "optional" to use them. I have property in Nova Scotia, Canada. DRL's save lives. We switch on the headlights whenever we drive our older cars. Canada and many other countries require the lights to be on. While I know that bulbs can be a little pricey to replace when they burn out, they are a whole lot cheaper than a human life!
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Thanks for that info. That explains the harsh bruise on my father in law's shoulder. As far as the daytime running lights go, I don't believe that it should be "optional" to use them. I have property in Nova Scotia, Canada. DRL's save lives. We switch on the headlights whenever we drive our older cars. Canada and many other countries require the lights to be on. While I know that bulbs can be a little pricey to replace when they burn out, they are a whole lot cheaper than a human life!
Rabbit, supposedly U.S. studies have claimed they can't determine if they help or not.

American company cars have them standard as they do not want to have different models for U.S. and Canada.

I hope it will not hurt your view of Mercedes-Benz.

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Mika911, MBeige, and all. Thank you for the well wishes for my in-laws. It looks as though my mother in law will be home from the hospital tomorrow. She will, however, be home bound for quite some time. Mika911... use your daytime running lights! You don't need a study to show whether they help or not. Just look at a vehicle coming toward you from a tree shaded section of roadway while you are in the sunny area. Some vehicles have their lights on, others do not. You always see the ones with the lights on better. That is why motorcycles have their lights come on as soon as they are started.
Besides, what do you have to lose if you use them? Even more importantly, what do you have to lose if you don't have your lights on.....
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Mika911, MBeige, and all. Thank you for the well wishes for my in-laws. It looks as though my mother in law will be home from the hospital tomorrow. She will, however, be home bound for quite some time. Mika911... use your daytime running lights! You don't need a study to show whether they help or not. Just look at a vehicle coming toward you from a tree shaded section of roadway while you are in the sunny area. Some vehicles have their lights on, others do not. You always see the ones with the lights on better. That is why motorcycles have their lights come on as soon as they are started.
Besides, what do you have to lose if you use them? Even more importantly, what do you have to lose if you don't have your lights on.....

I think you're right! It's just I figure the ballasts will go out right after warranty for my xenons and my pocket will then be very empty.

It does make sense to me, to use them.

I'm so glad your mother in law will get to go home. I hope the comfort of home makes her feel a bit better too.

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In Norway lights are required at all times, even when it is sunny

Glad to see the C class held up that well and they didn't get killed.
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Update... Mother and father in law are doing fine. So is the driver of the other car. Mother and father in law went to the Mercedes Benz dealer yesterday and ordered a new, 2011 E350 sedan. They made sure that it would come with the bright, LED daytime running light strips along the front lower apron. The car is supposed to be delivered before Thanksgiving. (Late November)
Mika911... and everyone else... the LED strips are the solution to your DRL situation. They are readily available for retrofit, are inexpensive, and very visible. They look great, too! They get connected to just about any circuit that is energized when the vehicle is started. That way, they are always on when the car is driven.
Good outcome after a tough accident that my inlaws went through. I guess that there is no better recommendation for a vehicle than to have survived a bad wreck in one. That is why my inlaws bought another one. (Can't wait to drive it!)
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