The Mercedes involved was a late model E class. This is not the first, for horrible results for side impact on the E class. You Tube has videos of side crash for E class and its not pretty at all.
You know what they say, if you want a bad education then learn from internet forums.
I just spent over an hour and a half trying to find data to confirm "this is not a first, for horrible results for side impact of the E Class."
I also searched YouTube for videos. There was one. The IIHS video. Then I went to their website (I pasted what they say below.) Then I went to EuroNCAP (5 stars for pre-2009.) And then NHTSA. NHTSA lists side impact as 5 stars with thoracic trauma index as 39 and pelvis deceleration as 47 for the front occupants, and for the rear occupants as 48 for thoracic trauma index and 50 as the pelvis deceleration.
There was little mentioned in the OP's news article links about the specifics of the accident and the damage to the vehicle. However, it was said that the driver survived fine but that the girl who passed away (later after the accident from brain damage) was a rear seat passenger
. The driver did state that the truck hit towards the rear of the side of the car. In light of what IIHS said about the rear passenger during a side impact crash (versus the driver side), the odds of surviving should be higher. Also see the above NHTSA numbers. Ironically, the driver survived and the rear passenger did not in this specific
accident. The driver was "treated at the hospital and released." btw, there was mention by one of the Mercedes occupants (in a related link from that newspaper) that they heard the truck driver accelerate
at the last minute as it ran into the rear side of the car.
The point being, that this accident occurred (all accidents are unique and tests can only replicate one specific accident used in testing), and accident investigators from both the insurance companies and MBUSA will determine the specifics in this case and what caused the injuries that led to the fatality. Again, all accidents are unique.
The W211 E Class has an acceptable rating from IIHS (and a good from NHTSA) for driver's side impact accidents. The driver may very well receive broken ribs and/or pelvis, and/or some internal injuries according to their test case. The rear passenger should fare pretty well according to their test case. In fact, there is a low risk. What caused the young rear passenger to receive injuries that were fatal to her? The investigators will determine that.
But to say, "This is not the first, for horrible results for side impact on the E class. You Tube has videos of side crash for E class and its not pretty at al
l" is knee jerk crap and is why you shouldn't get your education from a car forum. Or at least please point someone to data where it shows that the E Class has a history of fatal side impacts that are higher than other similar size and weight vehicles. Don't depend on others (and that includes info from my post), and instead do your own research and come to your own conclusion.
Mercedes E class
SIDE IMPACT TEST WITH STANDARD SIDE AIRBAGS
OVERALL EVALUATION: Acceptable
Injury measures Head protection Structure/safety cage
Head/neck Torso Pelvis/leg
Driver Good Marginal Acceptable Good Acceptable
Rear passenger Good Good Good Good
Important: Side impact crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle type and weight categories.
The Mercedes E class was re-engineered for the 2007 model year with an emphasis on improving occupant protection in side impact crashes. In the Institute's initial test of a 2007 model, the car was rated Acceptable, primarily because of high forces recorded on the driver dummy's torso.
Beginning with 2007 models manufactured after May 2007, changes to the front door trim panels were made to further improve occupant protection in side impact crashes, so a test of the improved design was conducted (note: information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on or near the driver door). This test showed some reduction of the forces on the driver dummy's torso, but not enough to change the torso injury rating or the overall rating. Therefore the ratings for both vehicles are based on both tests.
Driver — In both tests, measures taken from the dummy indicate that rib fractures and a fracture of the pelvis would be possible in a crash of this severity. In the first test, internal organ injuries would also be possible.
Rear passenger — In both tests, measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.
Driver — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof and a side airbag that deployed from the seat.
Rear passenger — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof and a side airbag that deployed from the door.