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Aye, seeing it coming was bloody horrible.  I saw the truck a good 30 seconds before the impact - wide open area, you can see for miles.  Saw him slow down for the junction...then speed up again.  Cue more than enough time to do the maths and figure out exactly where our vehicles are going to meet, but absolutely nowhere close to enough time to actually do anything about it.

I do recall during the spinning bit being somewhat curious to find out whether I was going to stop in the middle of the cross roads or embedded in one of the adjacent houses.  Mercifully it was the former!

You could still see flecks of bright orange paint at that junction for about two years afterwards...and I always approached it with complete suspicion thereafter!

Tanker driver claimed he never saw me.  We're all pretty convinced he was just too busy on his phone to notice.  Police never even bothered to turn up, so no charges were filed.  To be fair, the tanker driver absolutely thought he'd killed me.  The expression on his face when I clambered out of the passenger door (the interior door pull on the driver's door was one of the interior items to disappear into an alternative dimension during the impact), was an absolute picture.  He looked like he'd seen a ghost.

To be fair...car Vs HGV at main road speed doesn't usually end well for the occupants of the car.  Much less a 25 year old dear engined Skoda...so I count myself bloody lucky.  Total injuries were scraped and bruised knuckles from where my hands punched the indicator and wiper stalks and a bloody huge bruise from the seatbelt.  You could read the text that was stitched into the sweater I was wearing embossed on my chest for weeks! 

Never did manage to replace that car.  Have had another two since and they were never half the car that one was.

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I managed to expertly land my polo in both ditches overcooking it on a tight bend the week I passed my test. Luckily the car wrestled itself back onto the road and I got it swung straight. I've never gone lock to lock in a car as quickly since. Absolutely no damage but the token VAG broken front splitter! Knackered my back and confidence for the week though I'll tell you that much

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Fiat Uno 60S, 1.1L my first car and owned all of 2 days before "the accident" (those of an age may recognise my attempt at humor from the government sponsored advert warning us of something or other). 

I was gutted as it was such a lovely car, 5dr in minty/light metallic green and I thought it s the fastest thing in the world (although it was a lot quicker than a fiesta 1.1) and of course I kept its car of the year sticker on. 

A drunken Vauxhall Calibra driver (brand new K reg 1993) drove straight into the side of it as I came up from Langland Bay Carpark with my mates. 

Anyone who knows the area well know there's 2 exits and I obviously took the wrong one. 

The aftermath was a joke because I stupidly being 17, let my parents get involved in the whole thing. 

My father let me think that as I was 3rd party f&t I wasn't entitled to anything for my car effectively losing the £900 I'd just spent on it. He then started harping on about excesses and how I'd end up with perhaps £200 out of it, but to let him deal with everything, he was a real twat like that. 

The car was written off and actually yielded a healthy profit of 1/3rd more than I paid but as always the old man got involved and thought he knew better telling me that the money MUST be spent on the repairs and the bank could go into my account and remove it if I didn't etc etc etc as this was exactly the sort of stupid thing he came up with. 

I knew nothing of this type of thing at the time and ended up getting it repaired at pretty much the full cost of it despite even the repairer saying it wasn't worth it and take the money. 

Still, it did me proud for 3 years only going through 2 gearboxes but I still loved it and ended up getting the turbo version which was a hoot but superbly unreliable. 

It also taught me a valuable lesson, do your own research and don't always believe what older people tell you!!! 

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My first crash was in my first brand new car, a 1990 XR2i in red, no sniggering at the back there! I was working in Germany at the time and driving one fine day along a straight section of main road listening to Out of Time by REM when I saw an Opel Omega coming the other way and then stopping to turn left. I don‘t know whether the driver was waiting until he saw the whites of my eyes, because all of a sudden he shot across my path and I T-boned him at about 40mph minus 5 microseconds braking time. After the noise had stopped, I remembered that 5 minutes previously I had filled up with petrol and tried to open the door. It was jammed shut and the electric windows didn‘t work as the car no longer had an electrical system. With the assistance of some passers by, the door (pre side intrusion bars) got bent sufficiently for me to crawl out. The car was 3 months old at the time.

The following day and with quite a lot of delayed muscle pain, I went to the compound to retrieve my possessions. The guy in charge asked me how the driver was doing. I told him I was the driver and he looked more than surprised. He took me to see the wreck and I felt sick. I‘d obviously tried to instinctively swerve to the right and the front left hand corner had taken the full impact. The A pillar was completely bent over the roof and the passenger floor had been pushed backwards a long way. Fortunately though it was a rhd British reg car so I was sitting on the other side and my long, lanky frame meant I was also sitting a long way from the non-airbagged steering wheel.

The driver of the Omega turned out to be Italian and tried to blame me for driving too fast. The German police weren‘t having any of it and charged him with dangerous driving. I got a new replacement XR2i in red and ever since then always have one of those emergency window smashing hammers in the car with me.

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Herald 13/60 estate. Elephant and Castle roundabout about 1am. This was my first car and I was about 19. Discovered speed + bald tyres + wet roads = flattened railings and small dent in front wing. No CCTV in those days. 
That dent was made unnoticeable a few weeks later when I stuffed the car into the arse of a Granada estate. Bonnet was replaced with one from a Vitesse with twin headlights for £40.
 So there you have it- my first 2 accidents and you only asked for one. Many more are available on request. Every single one all my own work.

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Went over the bonnet of a Himan Hunter when he pulled into the path of my ''Fizzie'. I ripped his windscreen wipers of with the jaw part of my full face helmet.  Fractured my wrist.

into four wheels and I got stuffed up the chuff in my Morris Marina.  Whilst that was in for repair, I spun the 'hire' Escort MK2 on ice into a crash barrier.  That didn't do it much good, Ooops.

then I parked my Montego into the back of some guys Cavalier in the pouring rain.  He had stopped to let a wide load over a narrow bridge.  He was showing no lights, black car, by the time I clocked him there was no time to stop.  In a micro second I had a choice, River, Bridge or Cavalier.  I chose the Cavalier and 'braced for impact''

All minor stuff compared to that Escort Van on here, blimey

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My first one as the driver was this bugger :

 

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First one as a car driver was a hit and run that punted a Primera  into the wing of my k11, and the offending BMW slide down the Primera and into my rear quarter panel.  A second hand wing in the right color sorted the front, and a suitably placed size 8 fixed the rear quarter.

 

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And after the size 8 by a tame mechanic.

 

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Passed my test in 84 when I was 18 but had to wait 3 years before I could save up and afford a motor. Bought a 3 year old Fiat Strada, A777 FSO. Car was mint and my pride and joy. Was  leaving a mates in Edinburgh en route back to  Aberdeen after a long weekend trip to see another friend in Mons.

Only got about 1/4 of a mile along the road and had no steering....two bollards and a lamp post later and a written off car. Apparently the steering rack just snapped or summat.

Only injury was my dented pride.

My second accident was 3 years later when I got T Boned by a Sierra in my 205 GTi. Ended up on it's side and totally fucked. I was fuming as I'd spent an age trying to find a really good one. It was B474 CCP. Again no injuries,,,,even my 12 week old Dob/Lab cross pup was fine....he was asleep in the passenger when the twat hit me.

Since then decades of trouble free motoring - until July this year. A young lass took the front end off the brand new  330d M Sport Touring I was hooning about in whilst my XC90  was in the body shop after a bin lorry twatted  it  parked outside my flat.

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figured this thread is a good sign to finally fess up to it! (well been debating about posting this in this thread for a few hours now LOL)

a 1976 Invacar Model 70!

twas last august at the FoD, I was getting comfortable driving REV, a bit too comfortable! I hit I guess a pot hole or such in the grass and it Fired REV sideways to the right, up onto 2 wheels where it dug in and said hello to the Bushes that separate the field itself from the little non field area, where she promptly came to stop, still on 2 wheels but just past the tipping point where im told she comedically just fell over onto her side LOL

I was utterly terrified, not for my own safety or anything like that, but just a case of “what have I just done!” I was utterly terrified for my Invacar, (as mentioned above, even with a fibreglass car the noise it made, I thought I properly broke something!)

but thankfuckfully REV came away unschathed, and started right up (once righted and the battery duck taped in place to stop it going walkies!)

you can see in this picture the marks in the ground where she dug in! (and the hole she made in the bushes)
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amusingly, while I came out unscathed (although my back sure as hell felt it! but thats par for the course, my back is made of paper-mache) after I got out, I went round to inspect REV, make sure everything everything was ok with her etc, and In true autoshite fashion I promptly head butted the little bonnet stay retainer on the bonnet and put a nice gash in my forehead LOL

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My first crash happened in about March 1987 while I was driving my then 10 year old Fiat 128 to work, which I think was registered LDR 528R was rear ended by a Mr Halfpenny in his Merc W123, which could have been registered RTT 92X? It was a longtime ago but Mr Halfpenny did drive me to work in his undamaged Merc after turning my Fiat into a concertina...

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Ist accident..I was very young. I must have been 7 or 8 years old....

Mis-judged the garage door and hit the lh side in dad's Velox, but it only took a fist thump to pop the wing out. Father later forgot to stop when in the garage and put a sizeable crack in the rear concrete wall.

Next a bit more potentially serious, In a Herald 1200 about 1966 after I had gotten an actual drivers licence.

Driving along next to the railway watching an excursion steam train I ran straight up the back of a car waiting to turn right. I had also swung the wheel hard right to try to miss.

That was a big mistake in a Herald. It was starting to roll to the left but I was t-boned by the Mini coming towards me which kept my car upright. BUT it also pushed the Herald into a tree.

Fortunately no-one was injured and the Mini was pronounced driveable although the whole front and both headlights was demolished. I don't remember what I hit from behind or what it's damage was. The Herald was well damaged front and lh side but was repaired by insurance.

My dad was the insurance agent !!!

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Not meaning to tempt fate but I've not had one accident yet. 

I've been passenger in a 205 that was rear ended by a W202, but that was years ago, probably 2002? It was in the depths of Devon, and I was 11 travelling in the front passenger seat with my uncle driving. 

I've also been passenger in a Micra a friend crashed into a Discovery, as the driver of the latter didn't give way at a roundabout. 

 

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The first one that I caused happened in April 2001 when I was driving my 1990 Fiat Tempra to a job I sn't enjoying. Fortunately it happened just off the estate where I lived and not 20 miles away, where I worked. My mind was not on the road as I was worrying about the job, had some punk rock on the stereo which further removed concentration and I ploughed into the rear of an F reg Polo breadvan, The front of my Fiat was stoved in whereas the Polo looked intact, evident of 1980s German engineering. The female driving it was shook up as she had a young kid strapped in the back and I felt awful. After some apologies she was OK about it. I think that the Tempra was the first car I insured 'fully comprehensive', thank heavens.

I drove the car back home, phoned my work to tell them what happened and said that I would need to resign from the job as I wasn't in a position to get a replacement car quickly. No public transport to that place. My mum drove me to my workplace so I could meet with my manager and resign officially and tie up some loose ends. And then claimed Unemployment.

I later got a call from the women in the Polo who called for something. She told me that she would be getting £800 from my insurance co, which I thought was pretty good. I was getting about £650 for my newer (but sheddier) Fiat.

Unexpectedly, I ended up with an income tax rebate from HMRC for around £1,000. That paid for the next car, which had to cheap to insure and run this time. I had an early 1990s Pug 205 XUD in mind but bought a Rover Mini Racing Green instead.

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I'm sure I've posted them on here before. On the very first day of taking out fully comprehensive insurance on my 309, I did this to it:

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1986 Peugeot 309 1.6GR (1991) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

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1986 Peugeot 309 1.6GR (1991) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

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1986 Peugeot 309 1.6GR (1991) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

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Peugeot 309 1.6GR crash by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

My own fault, fortunately I had no passengers with me and I didn't hit anyone else.

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My first crash(and thus far the only real one, shunts/anything you can drive away from don't count) was in an L-reg Rover Metro diesel on Briton Road in Coventry one night just before Christmas 1999. Entirely my own fault, it was my introduction to fwd lift off oversteer and a valuable lesson about driving in the rain. The first two slides I thought I'd caught, but the third was my undoing, sideways at about thirty into a line of parked cars. It seemed to take forever and no time at all simultaneously, the last things I saw before closing my eyes and holding on were a Shogun and a Mk.2 Transit tipper with a bright red Mk.2 Astra parked between them and hoping like hell I was going to to hit the Astra. One pretty big bang later, I opened my eyes again. The bonnet had folded up enough to obscure vision out of the now broken windscreen but one headlight was still on, albeit now pointing straight up like a searchlight. Someone helped me out as I couldn't get the door open and it wasn't until I was sitting on a wall a few feet away trying to light a fag with shaky hands that it occurred to me that the Astra was nowhere to be seen.  Noticing a trail of broken shit and freshly spilled fluids arcing across the road in the street lights, I followed it to see the poor thing, wheelbase shortened a fair bit on one side, in the playground of the school I'd never known was opposite. Fairly made my blood run cold, I don't mind admitting. This marked the end of my short career delivering pizzas and still makes me take it easy on wet roads nowadays. 

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Mk2 Mondeo about 5 months after I passed my test. Idiot failed to give way at a junction and drove straight into the side of me. T-boned. Had genuine whiplash for about 5 weeks. Of course, she tried to claim it was my fault....

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When I was 3 I managed to knock off the hand brake on my Mum's Renault 12, it was one where the lever is like an umbrella handle sticking out of the lower dash & just needed turning to release it.

It rolled down our drive & into our neighbours fence, putting a dent in the front right wing.

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I fell off quite a few motorbikes but my NSR125 saw my two biggest crashes.  The first was black ice on a bend at 7am at 40mph, I tried to riccochet off the kerb but highsided onto my head.  Smashed a load of panels and had a good dose of concussion but still rode to work for a 12 hour shift assembling TV's.  The 2nd was after a spirited and illegal run back from college with my mate riding pillion.  I stopped to let him off on a bit of pavement by the entrance to a carpark in Hereford, put my left arm through the now spare 2nd helmet  and set off.  Bumping down the kerb the helmet slid down my arm and knocked my hand off the clutch, the resulting lurch caused me to hold on tight with my right hand which gave me full throttle.  It only had 12hp but I was probably doing over 30mph when I hit the brick wall.  Fortunately it was low as I went sailing over the bars did a sommersalt and landed on my feet.  The bike was fucked though, front wheel snapped, forks and frame bent.  Huge dent in the tank from my now very sore knee.  A lunatic did put it back on the road afterwards but really shouldn't have.

Only had one proper crash driving a car, met a Escort van on a single track lane on a wet day.  I swerved into the verge and stopped, he didn't and hit the front wing of my mk1 Megane knackering all the o/s panels.  He tried to claim 50/50, I offered to throw him in the river.  He accepted responsibility but I should have got it in writing as the insurance said 50/50.  I wasn't too upset as a load of other damage was fixed at the same time.  A few weeks after paying the excess and getting the car back the ex was run off the same lane by a twat in an Audi who didn't stop.  She later found said Audi embedded in the same Escort van.  Somehow we convinced his insurance to take the blame for my crash in exchange for being witness to the Audi driver being a dick.  Must have worked as a cheque for £250 (excess) came through the door.

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12 hours ago, Pieman said:

As a passenger, being in the front seat of my dad's B3 Passat as he drove up a motorway sliproad to be confronted by a Golf sitting stationary in the middle of it with no chance of avoidance.  If I smell burning tyres it always reminds me of that day as my dad locked up to try and avoid it.  No injuries and not too much damage to the old barge.

As a driver, was on my way to college in Wolverhampton one day and went round a parked lorry (on double yellows) in the four-lane bit at Chapel Ash just off the ring road.  Just in front of the lorry was the exit to a car park and as I approached a Merc pulled out to turn right across both lanes without checking if there was any traffic obscured by the lorry.  No chance to react, WALLOP into his front corner.  Merc had no visible damage, I was in a Rover 100 so you can imagine what that looked like afterwards (was well and truly written off).  Lorry driver saw what had happened and promptly drove off!  Luckiy a witness had got his number which I gave to the police (passing copper stopped when he saw the remains of my Metro) but I never heard if he got done for it.  I've called that bit of Wolverhampton "Chapel Crash" ever since, especially as the witness who helped me afterwards said there are smashes there about once a week.

Not My first crash or even involving me but where I used to work they had a office at Chapel ash.  It was just before the traffic lights heading into Wolverhampton.  One of the guys that worked there was turning right into the car park and saw a gap between two cars waiting at the lights.   What he didn't notice was the guy in the car who had a gap big enough in front of his car to get into the car park was waving his arms to try and get him to not turn in front of his car and the tow rope that was attached between his car and the car in front.  I don't know the full details of what he hit or what he was driving but I do know he managed to hit both cars!

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10 hours ago, Spottedlaurel said:

I'm sure I've posted them on here before. On the very first day of taking out fully comprehensive insurance on my 309, I did this to it:

My own fault, fortunately I had no passengers with me and I didn't hit anyone else.

GR was quite a nice spec too wasn't it? Nicer than my parents GE anyhow with it's itchy seats.

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8 hours ago, Richard_FM said:

When I was 3 I managed to knock off the hand brake on my Mum's Renault 12, it was one where the lever is like an umbrella handle sticking out of the lower dash & just needed turning to release it.

It rolled down our drive & into our neighbours fence, putting a dent in the front right wing.

I managed to save my mum's Dolomite from a similar fate - she left me strapped in my car seat in the back while she popped into a shop. Either didn't put the handbrake on or not well enough as it started to roll towards a wall. Managed to get my straps undone and dived into the front to yank the handbrake on. Can't have been much older than 6 or 7

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15 hours ago, Zelandeth said:

I do recall during the spinning bit being somewhat curious to find out whether I was going to stop in the middle of the cross roads or embedded in one of the adjacent houses.  Mercifully it was the former!

From a fair few MTB crashes it's surprising how calm you can be when crashing. I can recall, having gone over the handle bars and flying through the air, noticing the bike was above me and I should probably get rid of it before it landed on top of me.

I never had a decent car crash, but my first Manta GTE got stolen and crashed within a month or me buying it.

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A P plate Citroen Saxo diesel, on the A180 just outside Grimsby.

Someone decided to drive through me. Ripped the back wheel off, spun it around in to the barrier.

Cheers.

Turned out he was driving a car he'd taken from a relative without consent and had no insurance.

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Fortunately we’ve got to page 3 without any fatalities. 

Been rear ended at a junction, completely understand the sentiment about the sickening noise of a shunt. 

One incident that did stay with me as a kid, didn’t involve us fortunately but witnessed it, on the way to Liverpool, a red Carlton was hammering past us maybe doing well over a hundred, fast enough let’s say for my dad to pass comment. Anyway five minutes down the motorway and it had literally just hit the pillar for a bridge the front had curled up it had almost bowed, it was smoking like fuck. I’ve absolutely no doubt it was a fatality. 

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10 minutes ago, sierraman said:

Fortunately we’ve got to page 3 without any fatalities. 

As a student, I was the passenger and only witness to an accident which caused the death of a pedestrian. 

My injuries were minor, caused by getting out of an upside down beige morris marina

Was summoned to attend coreners court and magistrates court as the main witness.

This might be why I hate with a vengeance Marinas.  

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