Owning a safe car and driving ourselves to destinations. I have a strong safety concern while driving, so 80 is my cruising speed
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We had an accident in May 2022 which opened my eyes to the safety issues of traveling by private car. I will detail our experience below.
About 2 weeks before our first anniversary, my wife and I had to travel (we took the train halfway and in a chauffeur-driven car for the second half) to my hometown for cultural ceremonies. A day later, we returned to Bangalore (just 250 km) by car with driver (the car belongs to my co-brother). The driver is well experienced and has higher confidence levels. It cut through slower vehicles with ease, and in the back seat we were decently comfortable. Everything went well until the airport, and the incident happened a few hundred meters after the airport toll.
We were in the far right lane and slowed down to a major speed breaker. Then we heard a screeching sound and a bang. A collision in the left rear of our Ford Figo Titanium car (~14 years old), just behind where I was sitting. I found a jerk in my teeth and my jaw started to hurt. We were both not wearing seat belts in the back seat. We only saw a wrecked Innova, while our Ford Figo only had a small scratch and dent. Innova’s driver got out. He is very (very very) old, he was literally shaking, and I could only feel sorry for him. The other Innova passengers are also elderly and we haven’t even spoken to them. We continued.
We were still traumatized, but no injuries were reported. We thought we were lucky. The next day my wife reported severe back pain, and by afternoon it was unbearable. We went to Aster CMI in Hebbal, via the emergency room. Doctors responded quickly, gave him painkillers and did two CT scans. Nothing is out of order, they said. The trauma caused shock, and maybe a muscle sprain in the back was the diagnosis. The pain subsided a bit, so I went home. By midnight the pain was back, and the fever was 102F, and at 6am we were back in the ER, the doctors starting to admit us. They denied and argued, saying there was no reason to admit it because the tests showed nothing abnormal. When we looked closely, the walls of the kidneys showed slight swelling, which the doctors dismissed as nothing to worry about. We are back home, calling the nurses every twelve hours to put IV paracetamol to calm the pain. Two days later, we went to Anantapur to be admitted to a hospital with responsible friends.
Anantapur hospital staff and my mother in law treated my wife to her feet and a week (one day before our anniversary) she was discharged. On our anniversary we went to a small restaurant and celebrated with paneer tikka and Gobi Manchuria. A full month of rest with her parents helped her regain her maximum health. Now she is doing great, and I would like to thank God and Ford Figo for the solid build quality, which reduced the impact at great length. On the financial side, HDFC ERGO’s health insurance covered all the major expenses.
We’ve learned our lesson, but implementation isn’t easy:
- Wearing seat belts in the back row is mandatory – But in most cars and taxis, I find that the rear seat belts are either hidden by seat covers or just not fastened properly.
- Owning a safe car and driving ourselves to destinations. I have a strong concern for safety when driving, so 80 is my cruising speed and 100 is my top speed (this is observed when driving my dad’s car). But due to financial situations, we couldn’t buy a car until now. We are currently in the process of buying a car.
- I am afraid to travel by bus and I prefer the train for long journeys. Puttaparthi is the nearest railway station (100 km from my hometown) connected to Bangalore by train. So I go to Puttaparthi by train, while my father sends a car there. Not very convenient, but safe.
Here is what GTO should say about it:
It’s good not to hear anything serious. Don’t worry, we all learn lessons the hard way. Thank you for sharing your experience with us. After the Cyrus Mistry (God bless the soul of the good man) accident, awareness of the importance of wearing a seat belt in the back has spread widely, and many states are mandating seat belts. rear security.
I’m also glad to see Ubers & Olas now (mostly) with working rear seat belts.
Here is what BHPian Mortis should say about it:
Glad you’re okay and learned an important lesson that should also remind us all that seat belts are there for OUR safety.
Here is what BHPian Raghu M should say about it:
Just like catches win games, seat belts save lives. It is widely accepted that in the city you do not need to wear your seat belt. I still have all my family attached, you never know what awaits you. If you drive slowly, opposing vehicles could drive at high speed. Before the engine starts, you must fasten your seat belt.
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