Should you jump/bail from the car if your brakes fail? NO

If your brakes fail, you should stay with the vehicle. When your are inside the vehicle you still have more control and safety devices then if your were “rag dolling” down the freeway. Today a driver decided to bail when her brakes failed and caused a five car accident and four people were injured.

Curbison crash

Jasmine Curbison was traveling westbound on I-264 in Virginia during the morning rush hour. When she hit the brake pedal, the vehicle did not slow down. Instead of trying to operate the emergency brakes or pump the pedal, She decided to jump and bail from her 2002 Jeep Cherokee onto a four lane freeway.

A Honda Odyssey Minivan attempted to avoid hitting Curbison’s body, hit the rear end of the driverless Jeep. The Jeep was pushed into another car, causing that driver to hit the divider. The driver of the Honda then was struck from behind by a Saturn and that saturn was hit by another vehicle.

Once the driver of the Honda Mini-Van struck the Jeep, the Honda was then struck from behind by a 2001 Saturn, in which the Saturn was then struck by a 2013 Hyundai. Four people suffered non-life threatening injuries and the freeway had to be closed for a short period.

If Curbison decided to stay with the vehicle, even if the brakes had completely failed, the results might have been less tragic. Maybe if she had her brakes inspected and serviced, this never would have happened in the first place.

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330px-Jersey_barrier_2PRO TIP: The K-Rail/Jersey Barrier is your Friend!

A Jersey barrier or Jersey wall is a modular concrete or plastic barrier employed to separate lanes of traffic. It is designed to minimize vehicle damage in cases of incidental contact while still preventing the crossover case of a head-on collision.

When a vehicle hit the barrier, body damage is minimized by allowing the vehicle tires to ride up on the lower sloped face. This also helps to slow the vehicle. Head-ons are minimized by gradually lifting the vehicle and pivoting it away from oncoming vehicles and back into traffic heading in its original direction. A lot of test was done by the California Highway Department to get the slopes the right angles for maximum effectiveness.

If your brakes do fail on the freeway, brushing against the Jersey barrier and letting your tire ride up it is a excellent way to shed speed.

 

RANT: NHTSA Video is WRONG and Dangerous

This video from NHTSA advises NOT to pump your brakes if you experience brake line failure due to corrosion. This is WRONG. Pumping the brakes replaces lost fluid and generates more braking pressure so the vehicle can be brought under control. ABS only “pumps the brakes” when it senses that a wheel could lock or skid. If a vehicle loses brake system hydraulic fluid, the ABS system will not activate because the brakes can’t lock. Idiots.

Taxi Driver Saves Self, Kills Two in Brake Failure Crash

Two people were killed and eleven were injured this past Saturday in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa following a gruesomely selfish brake failure crash.

News 24 reported that the driver had leapt from his seat to save himself as the vehicle slammed through a roadside barrier and ultimately plunged down an embankment, literally flinging passengers out of the vehicle as it rolled.

First responders and firefighters were said to have set up a rope rescue system at the top of the embankment to help medics carry the injured to waiting ambulances.

Currently, there is no additional information regarding the status of the injured or the criminal proceedings regarding the driver of the taxi.

The same type of taxi involved in the crash. Photo by Duncan Alfreds

 

 

Taxi Driver Goes For A Swim Following Brake Failure

A taxi driver in Massachussets is thanking his lucking stars after being spared during an untimely brake failure crash while on duty last night.

According to reports, it was about 3am when the 27 year-old driver suddenly experienced a loss of pressure beneath his brake pad. The event happened so quickly that the driver was unable to respond with evasive action in time so the vehicle careened down a few flight of stairs and came to rest at the bottom of the Severn river.

Fortunately, the cabbie was uninjured in the incident and walked away from the scene.

The taxi has now been recovered but marks, believed to have been caused by the rescue operation, are still visible on steps leading to the water.

West Mercia Police officers posted the picture on social media, joking “Worcester welcomes its first water taxi – the launch didn’t go too well.”

Two Killed Due To Fiery Tanker Crash In Nigeria

Two people have been killed in Lagos, Nigeria after a runaway fuel tanker exploded after suffering from brake failure and crashing in to a building.

Eye-witnesses at the scene say they saw the tanker careening out of control before it slammed into a concrete building and burst into the flames. When the vehicle combusted, the fiery debris ignited the gas tank of a close-by motorcyclist, who then became engulfed in the flames and also perished at the scene.

According to a report by The Eagle Online, the flames were so large that they burnt two other vehicles and apparently two cows. The cows and the vehicles have been reported as being in stable condition.

So far there is no information on whether police will be taking any action or if they will simply write it off as an accident.

Driver Cleans House In Laundromat Crash

A man was injured while doing his laundry yesterday in Kittanning, Pennsylvania when a van randomly burst through the front entrance and the debris produced struck him in the leg.

So far, local police aren’t sure whether to cite the driver for careless driving, public endangerment and other offenses or to let her go on the account of brake failure.

Most of the washers and dryers were damaged and the front entrance has to be completely redone.

The van has been towed since the crash and is currently being inspected for mechanical violations. If none are found, the woman responsible could be facing serious charges.

This is certainly a plausible outcome, considering most cases where cars crash through front entrances are caused by the driver mixing up the gas and brake.

Special thanks to the Kettanning Paper