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Old 12th Aug 2017, 17:39   #321 (permalink)
 
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would not expect the safety equipment to fail.
Proven wrong in aviation everyday with backups sitting there with failures never known because they are rarely in direct use for normal everyday useage

Think reversers and/or fuse pins
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Old 12th Aug 2017, 17:48   #322 (permalink)
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BMW driver, so no sympathy, and any lawsuit she initiates should automatically fail, with costs awarded against her.
Coudn't have put it better myself.
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Old 12th Aug 2017, 22:33   #323 (permalink)
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Having pressed what she thought was the brake, when the car starts forward, there is only one logical reaction, press harder. There is little time to pause and reassess the options
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Old 12th Aug 2017, 23:10   #324 (permalink)
 
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One would have thought that if that was the barrier before a 7 story drop, there would be no 'slow down' gradual stop involved but a real hard stop.
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Old 13th Aug 2017, 08:30   #325 (permalink)
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I wonder if there was a low wall too, like a 6 inch curb? With a determined expression and a firm right foot I am sure a Beamer could surmount that without difficulty.
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Old 13th Aug 2017, 09:47   #326 (permalink)
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Having pressed what she thought was the brake, when the car starts forward, there is only one logical reaction, press harder. There is little time to pause and reassess the options
To be fair, that's easily done. Negotiating out of the office car park one afternoon, I had my right foot hovering over, but not touching, the brake, with heel on the floor. Car was in gear and moving at tickover speed. I managed to cross the speed hump at the gate at a slight angle, and the resulting wiggle dislodged my foot over to the accelerator. To stop at the road I then pressed what I still thought was the brake. Situation exactly as described by PN - immediate response is to press harder.
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Old 13th Aug 2017, 12:07   #327 (permalink)
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Back in the late 1970s, the small Volvo 300 series had a problem with the gear selector such that it was possible to be in forward gear when reverse was selected.
A woman was parked nose-in to the kerb outside Sainsbury's in Bedford and when he came to leave she continued to press the accelerator until the car mounted the kerb and shot through the shop window - fortunately without serious injury to any of the pedestrians or customers within.
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Old 13th Aug 2017, 22:30   #328 (permalink)
 
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The way I would expect it to be viewed (although possibly not in Texas) is that she'd win some level of damages because the safety equipment wasn't up to standard. If it can be demonstrated to have been poorly maintained then she'd get more. Then the contributory negligence would be taken into account and whatever amount was assessed in step one would be reduced to reflect how much the court considered to be her own stupid fault. They might also decide that she's responsible for (at least some of) the cost of repairing the safety equipment so it's possible she'd come out with a liability rather than a sum of money.

Of course, if the safety equipment meets all the legislative requirements then she may well lose. It's probably specified assuming a given weight of car at no more than a sensible speed for the location plus a bit for luck (and stupidity). If you exceed the stupidity rating then it's not going to save you.
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Bonus points for the effort:

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Old 14th Aug 2017, 07:40   #330 (permalink)
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Bonus points for the effort:l
Well done?

Nah, just medium rare...
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Old 24th Aug 2017, 22:45   #332 (permalink)

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Sad for the family but there we are.
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This guy is clearly attempting to qualify for an award. Can't get a more direct link so you'll have to scroll down to the 12:30 entry to see him on video.

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An unknown man in a suit has been caught on film, apparently trying to surf on a Texan beach in the middle of the bad weather.

After a lifeguard stepped in to stop him, he did not look happy and stormed off down the sand.
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Couple missing after jumping into crocodile-infested river while fleeing police | SBS News

Another pair. One being pregnant.
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Old 27th Aug 2017, 11:45   #335 (permalink)
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Just in time for the award, then. Another few weeks and it would have been too late.


I believe Llondel's post should refer to 20:30, not 12:30. Is it common for septics to go surfing in a suit and tie? Maybe something more than meets the eye.
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Old 27th Aug 2017, 16:13   #336 (permalink)
 
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Incidentally quite close to Darwin itself
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Just in time for the award, then. Another few weeks and it would have been too late.


I believe Llondel's post should refer to 20:30, not 12:30. Is it common for septics to go surfing in a suit and tie? Maybe something more than meets the eye.
Ah yes, it's given it to me in PDT, not BST.
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Now found alive and well, so not a full Darwin.

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I cut the tip of my finger off with a table saw a year ago. Had it refitted, but it still not fully functional.
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