This used to be an Audi A3

by Volker Weber

This is the result after hitting a tree. Look through the pictures and you will find a speedometer which still reads out the impact speed. Also note that no airbags fired.


Hm, that thing reads 70... Assuming that's 70 miles/h, that would make it just slightly more than 100 km/h. Showing that you don't need to flying fast to majorly screw any kind of defensive safety system in a car...

Ragnar Schierholz, 2004-03-21

looks like Fake

no blood, no airbag, no broken glass, no fluids, no open ground, no real dirt

looks not too real

pierre, 2004-03-21

this is an untypical accident: highspeed around 100km/h and side crash against a heavy but flexible tree.
And you can see that the sidebags had done their work as they where designed for. The frontairbags won't fire in that scenario because that won't help in a side crash against a tree or other cars.
The driver should survive without heavy injuries I think. That's why there is no blood or the driver has been fired up thorugh the windows (that's why you should use safetybelts).


Wolfgang Andreas Bischof, 2004-03-22

Ich habe einige solcher Unfälle gesehen und muss sagen, das es mir real genug aussieht.

Der Fahrer war wohl tatsächlich nicht angeschnallt und kann vor oder bei dem Aufprall einige Meter weit aus dem Fahrzeig geschleudert worden sein. Das die Fenster nicht zerborsten sind, liegt an dem verwendetem Glas, das mittlerweile bei höherklassigen Fahrzeugen immer mehr zu Plastik wird: kratzfest, sehr flexibel und bruchsicher. Damit wir Öl oder Benzin sehen könnten, müsste der Tank oder der Motorblock zerstört sein, und auch dazu gehört bei heutigen Fahrzeugen wesentlich mehr als ein (seitlicher) Aufprall bei Tempo 100. Und von wegen Spuren: der Boden scheint harter Lehmboden zu sein, wie man ihn in (Süd-) Frankreich und Spanien, event. auch Portugal findet. Durch die geringe Qualität der Bilder ist es fast unmöglich, überhaupt irgendwelche Spuren zu erkennen. Dunklere Flecken (hervorgerufen durch Feuchtigkeit in tieferen Schichten des Bodens kann es kaum geben, denn diese Zonen (F, S, P) sind an den Stellen, an denen es Pinienwälder gibt, zumeist so trocken, das man schon tiefer graben müsste, um auf Feuchtigkeit zu stossen.

Just my 2 cents.

Heinz, 2004-03-22

You don't have to bleed to die, internal injuries are enough. Side airbag was visible and according to various posters the front airbags don't go off if you have a side impact. Damaged windscreen is in the second picture (as it should be, afaik modern glass shouldn't shatter). If the ground is hard enough (dried out) I don't think you'd neccessarily get open ground.

If you follow a couple of links through the forums this seems to have originated in Portugal (where it took place). Someone from the area posted that he had heard of it. Apparently it happened on the 20th Feb and was reported in the JN (?) the next day. Both occupants (younger than 25) died.

Armin, 2004-03-22

The driver and passenger both died on impact. They were under the white blankets. The passenger would have had massive internal injuries and head injuries. By looking at the steering wheel, the driver would have had massive (fatal) facial and head injuries too. Nobody would have walked away from that, as the intrusion into the cabin was too great.

Contrary to what Hollywood would have us believe, people don't always bleed lots after car accidents. Again, looking at the scene, the driver and passenger were ejected from the car (already dead) within about 1 second of impact. The car then continued moving and the bodies stopped where they fell, hence the absence of blood inside the car itself.

The glass is safety glass, so there's not lots of it sprayed everywhere. Often it will shatter, however the laminate holds it all together.

Looking at the speedo, it froze at 90km/h at the time of impact. Bear in mind that at this time the car was travelling sideways, so the wheels would not have been turning at anything like the vehicle's forward speed. Comparing this to similar accidents I have seen with similar damage, I'd suggest they were doing between 160 and 190km/h on impact.


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