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It was a Nissan Navara and I think had not passed the crash safety tests over in Russia.

Also one thing could of made this accident not happen, a center divide.
Nissan Navara = Nissan Frontier. So, not a Taco, but similar
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It was a Nissan Navara and I think had not passed the crash safety tests over in Russia.

Also one thing could of made this accident not happen, a center divide.
I don't care what you're driving. If you get t-boned by a big rig at 80mph or so (estimating that both were going 40ish), you're fucked. It's over.

What could have made this accident not happen was better driving. You can't put a center divide up everywhere. It's just cost prohibitive. Plus, if there was a center divide, it would've just sent the vehicle careening back across the lanes in the direction he was heading and it probably would've started a pileup that would've involved the vehicle taking the video.
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There are many things to be aware of while driving, & I'm sure there were precautions that could have been taken.

Point being, there is no hind site for these people.

If it was you or anyone you might of known, that was your only shot. You don't get another chance after that.
Better safe than sorry.

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Jesus. I watched it 5 times to make sure it wasn't CGI that truck got tore the fuck up.

Chills.
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This is horrible, but if the guy would have just stayed in his lane and not drifted over into the middle slush shit he would be just fine. Maybe he hit ice that mad him do that. I don't know, but from what I saw he just drifted into the slush. And a car shouldn't evaporate like that, holy shit. Just glad I have a Saturn.

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Also is the guy alive. There is a good chance he is ok since the truck hit the passenger side. TP hit a tree at 120 and he was just fine so crazier things have happened.

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Just glad I have a Saturn.
Please tell me this is a joke.
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damn, in that video snowolf posted it looks like the guy intintionally did that. Im suprised that car pushed that truck like that though.....

I have seen people come in from 3 car vs semi accidents in the past 2 months from I70 up here that were beat up and required some putting back together. the other 25 or so died on impact.....
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Also is the guy alive. There is a good chance he is ok since the truck hit the passenger side. TP hit a tree at 120 and he was just fine so crazier things have happened.
Hitting a tree is much different. The car can deccelerate more gradually as it deforms around the tree. A head on collision (especially with a truck) is much different because the impulse is so high. You can clearly see the truck plows through after the collision moving at at least 30 mph. The car was initially traveling at over 45mph right before impact. That means he accelerated from 45mph to (-)30mph during the duration of the actual impact, which was probably less than a tenth of a second, conservatively. That would be something like 1100ft/s^2, or to put that in perspective, enough to accelerate a body to rest from over 750mph in only one second or nearly 35 G's. That is almost certainly lethal.
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I drive a semi for a living and while this was clearly a freak accident based on weather and a loss of control, you guys would not believe the stupid shit people do in front of trucks. When loaded, up here in the PNW we run extended weight loads and I am at 105,500 pounds which is 25,000 pounds heavier than your standard 18 wheeler and I am not hauling lumber; I am hauling 11,300 gallons of gasoline!

I will have people race around me then dive in front of me front the left lane at 65 MPH and dynamite the brakes to make their exit because they just could not stand being behind the truck for 10 extra seconds to exit safely. People will pull right out in front of me on solid ice and then stop to turn left.

People just do not fully appreciate what it takes to stop a fully loaded semi and I wish that they would cover this more in driver`s education so people would understand that operating around one is very much like driving near a train (of course they do stupid shit in front of trains too). This video should be played in every driver`s education course so people see in graphic detail what a semi does to even a full sized pickup.

I have been driving these rigs for 22 years now and logged nearly 2 million miles and have never been involved in a wreck and I hope I never do. With the way people drive it is a constant challenge to avoid them and I cannot get through a single shift without some form of traffic incident as a result of inattentive or aggressive driving.

Here is a classic example of an idiot in a car initiating an accident involving a truck:

Not to be cold, and I'm definitely not, but your post reminds me of Darwin awards. I get more cautious around those big trucks, not less. Some people are just stupid.

EDIT: Reminds me of a wreck I watched here in San Diego. Semi is going down the freeway minding their own business. A car comes flying onto the freeway from an on ramp from another freeway. But instead of staying in the merging lane, the idiot driver flies across all 4 lanes. The semi was in lane #3, and jerks his truck to avoid the car but in the end, the semi ends up on its side and slides into the rail.

Driver, ok. Semi driver. Dead.

Fucked up.

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