• Apr 4, 2011
Scary road debris accident – Click above to view video after the jump

Flying road debris is a scary enough prospect when you're paying attention to the road and not filming the truck driving along beside you with a cameraphone. While we don't think the driver could have reacted quickly enough to avoid the flying road debris at that distance if he weren't busy recording, we certainly don't advocate this sort of thing.

According to the video's description, everyone inside the car was miraculously okay, though their nerves were no doubt more than a little frayed. According to a study by the American Automobile Association, 25,000 accidents like this one happen every year, and around 100 of those are fatal. Yikers. Take a deep breath, then follow the jump.

[Source: YouTube via Jalopnik]



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      • 3 Years Ago
      WOW! From what I can see, it appears that the driver was filming whatever was being thrown from the flatbed truck.

      There is so much that's wrong with this video.

      1. Filming while driving - obvious
      2. Following too closely
      3. Failure to assess the behavior of the drivers in front of you, e.g. trailer being towed in the fast lane without making any attempt to overtake the truck

      Lucky for the driver that his/her car didn't go out of control, or end in a fatality as a result of this incident. Needless to say, this video just proves how foolish the driver was. Sadly, so many people do such careless things in their car every day.

      I am astonished.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'm not astonished, this driving was pretty good by the standards of the yahoos all around me on my morning commute.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Now imagine that instead of a car it was a motorcycle and that piece of debris went thru the helmet's visor....ouch.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I had a big chunk of snow/ice fly off a truck and hit my windshield doing 70+mph in rush hour traffic. I couldn't believe the windshield didn't break but it messed up one of my wipers so I couldn't clear the windshield to see. Had to cross lanes of traffic to pull over and clear it off.

      Also once had a semi tire come off a truck on the other side of the freeway. It came bouncing through the ditch right at me but I didn't know which way to go as there was no way to predict where it was going to go. It just missed my drivers door and headed down the freeway in the wrong direction. Not sure if it ever hit anyone.
      • 3 Years Ago
      One word: D@mn!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I know why he they were filming. I did video production for many years and you'd be surprised how many people film while they are driving. My buddy erased half of our race footage at the USGP years ago when he filmed the car ride to the airport. We're from Arizona and he wasn't used to so much greenery on the side of the road.
      • 3 Years Ago
      this is just a case of Shiet Happens.

      you can't anticipate stuff like this.
      • 3 Years Ago
      A similar event happened to me when driving my Acura TL at 70 mph in the mountains of Montana. I came around a corner and hit the debris of an exploded rear brake drum from a large rig driving about 200 yards in front of me. A large junk of the brake drum hit my right front wheel then rolled along the right side of the car like a can opener, taking out the rocker panel and the bottom of the front and rear passenger doors. All the debris ended up in the right rear wheel well. All the right side air bags released, the noise of which resulted in permanent hearing loss for the passenger riding with me. The piece of brake drum then hit the front grill of the car behind me, then bounced into the roadway and came up through the floor pan of a third car. The driver of the second car called 911 and within ten minutes the highway patrol and fire trucks were on scene. I was told later by the highway patrol investigator that the big rig driver likely didn't even know what had happened until he stopped sometime later. The driver and rig were never found.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Scary.

      It does look like the 2x2(?) was kicked up somehow by the car/truck pulling the trailer.

      Either way, hard to see/react following so closely.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Sure, people drive closer than that... but it's about a 1-second following distance, and less than the "two-second rule" they taught in Driver's Ed...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Holy F@%&*! I just don't understand what he was trying to film before this happened?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow i crapped my pants here in front of a computer screen, i can't imagine what he did. in the car.
        • 3 Years Ago
        This, I would have wrecked anyway. Jesus
        • 3 Years Ago
        You would have "wrecked anyway"? Please stop driving.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I actually had something happen to me about 4 years ago. BUT, I was not following anyone, and the debris that hit my car flew OVER the median (I was in the far left lane). The median was about 10ft high or so, so I couldn't see where it came from or had no warning at all. In my situation, the debris was a blast of rocks/concrete, small-average sized chunks, maybe a total of about 50lbs worth in all.

      The car damaged was a 2000 Acura Integra Type-R. It suffered a broken windshield, and a very much unwanted sandblasting, that ruined the hood, L/F fender, all 4 headlamp lenses, front bumper, and random DEEP rock chips on the roof, L/F door, L/R fender, and the wing. The car NEEDED an entire respray + panels, but no matter how hard I tried, I wasn't able to get enough money out of Allstate. The incident STILL pisses me off to this day. And 4 years later, I'm still in search of another Type-R to replace it. :-(
      • 3 Years Ago
      About 10 years ago, I was driving on the elevated portion of I-35 in Austin following an ancient Econoline when the rear right tire of the Econoline shredded and flew off, crashing right into my '93 Saturn, broke the right headlight, produced a large hole in the bumper and destroyed one of the wheel covers. Afterwords I called the police who had found the van, the driver was driving without a license or registration and they found a bag of cocaine in the glovebox.
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