If you're going to drive a Lamborghini like it's meant to be driven, you'd better make sure there's nothing else around. New York City most definitely does not qualify, as the driver of this white Aventador discovered the hard way.

Caught in motion by two closed-circuit cameras in Mill Basin, this supercar may have been speeding down the road a bit too fast for the driver of a black sedan to see it. The sedan hangs a left right into the Lambo's path, clipping the nose on the sedan and sending the Aventador into the wall. Our take? Both drivers appear to be at fault.

As you can see from the video below and this image on Reddit, the Lambo split in two on impact, but the carbon-fiber monocoque passenger cell stayed intact. The result may look shocking, but no one was reported to be seriously hurt.


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      Jon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Both Drivers at fault? Seriously Autoblog? Why don't you put a poll up for this one?
      Doss
      • 1 Year Ago
      Thanks to sloturbo, I can estimate distances and speed roughly: The drivers should see each other at 200' apart and 4 seconds before impact. (@ 12 sec video) The impact occurs @ 16 sec video From the angle provided by the cam, the best rate I can estimate from landmarks is: Distance traveled by the Aventador: 180-185 feet Time to cover distance: ~3 seconds = 61.6666 (repeating of course) feet per second >>> 42 MPH Let's call that 40-45 MPH. That's not too crazy of a speed (though it is still speeding maybe... I don't know the limit). I will put some of the blame on the Lamborghini for speeding, but this was a total meltdown in judgement for the black car driver. Here's why: 1.) The black car driver shows their intention to turn (by actually turning early into the turn by 45 feet!!!) 2.) The black car driver turns in at roughly 1 second before impact (@ 15 sec video) This shows the black car driver was either trying to beat the Lamborghini to the turn or just flat out wasn't paying attention. There is a chance that even if the Lamborghini were doing the speed limit and started braking on time that this collision would've still resulted (@ 30 MPH would've only increased the distance traveled time by 1 second or so). There's no telling if the black car driver would've tried to drive a little farther and still make the turn before the Lambo though. Let's be honest, even though the Lamborghini is low and stealthy, line of sight for the black car driver was roughly 400-500 feet which should be plenty of time to see a supercar. I'd say, in my unofficial judgement, that the black car driver is 70% at fault and the Lambo the other 30%. Should the Lambo driver have been more cautious? Yes. Is there any way to predict that another driver is going to just pull out in front of you? Nope. But I have to think that if I were driving a supercar, I'd drive it like I do when I'm on a motorcycle... driving defensively because you never know what the other person is going to do.
        CIUP
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Doss
        I don't think they will use that method in court lol
        rmt_1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Doss
        Excellent analysis of the accident. Very thoughtful and logically evaluated. I only have 2 points for you to consider; One, I watched the black car's movements, without regard to the Lambo's movements, and it appeared to me that the car was simply trying to drive onto a driveway at the time of the accident. The black car drove down the road, slowed and aligned itself with the driveway, and then began to accelerate toward the driveway's entry point when impact occurred; the black car's driver had zero situational awareness and was oblivious to the approaching Lambo, and wasn't trying to "beat it". I really wonder if this driver was on their cell phone or distracted by something else. Two; you ask, " Is there any way to predict that another driver is going to just pull out in front of you?" and in this situation, I have to say "Yes". The Lambo driver missed some very clear clues that the black car was going to turn left in front of him. From what you stated above, the black car's positioning alone should have prevented the Lambo driver from making his potentially fatal error and got him to slow down as a precaution. Instead, he "trusted" that the other driver saw him, would stop, and would wait there until after he passed by. Trusting that the "other driver" will ever do "The Right Thing" is always a mistake, just as not expecting that the "other driver" will do something stupid at the worst possible moment is. I agree with you about defensive driving and doing so could have saved the Lambo driver a lot of grief with his insurance company.
          CIUP
          • 1 Year Ago
          @rmt_1
          Talking or texting on your cell phone is an extremely common occurrence today. I can easily drive through town and see 90% of drivers doing this and police never pull them over. As dangerous as it is, this guy shouldn't be behind the wheel of this powerful ride when he's normally too busy to even realize what he's driving. Okay not fact but statistically...
      moshe aboutboul
      • 1 Year Ago
      this is in my neighborhood and i was there 5 minutes after it happened. what you cant see is that the road is curved so depending on how fast the lambo is going, the black car might not have had enough time to react. our view is much different than the view of the driver for the black car. granted, the lambo does have the right of way so the fault will be mostly the black cars.
      Hal20xx
      • 1 Year Ago
      You can see the Aventador turning left from the top of the screen. Then you see just how f'ing fast he gets up to speed. I wouldn't call either driver blameless in this. Though seriously, how did that black car NOT STOP?!
        wem1000
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hal20xx
        I didn't notice that the Lambo actually turned left onto the street until you mentioned it and re-watched the video... you're 100% right he hits the gas very hard to get up to speed. I'm not in defense of the black car by any means but I'll throw a few "what if's" out there: 1) What if this video had sound? If the Lambo turns left, slams the gas and is screaming down the street I think we'd all change the way we look at is just a bit. 2) Building on #1, I'm going to assume the driver of the black car didn't expect the Lambo to accelerate that fast after it turned... if the Lambo gave it everything it had, we're talking sub 3.5 sec 0-60 and it would be very difficult to account for that regardless if you know it's a Lambo coming at your or not? Personally I would've yielded just so I could watch the Lambo go by haha.
      ijardine
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hmm maybe the white car was a few mph over the limit but there is absolutely no excuse for the other car turning into it like that.
      Kuro Houou
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Lambo just seemed to be going about his normal business, wasn't even going fast to me.. The other guy just wasn't looking where he was going! Feel bad as I am sure his insurance won't cover the cost of a new Lamborghini :(
      sloturbo
      • 1 Year Ago
      FYI: This was at East 66th St. and Gaylord Drive S Brooklyn, NY 11234 (maps.google.com)
      BigFire
      • 1 Year Ago
      Unfortunately, the guy in the Lamborghini is getting a bad rep because the perception of a person driving that car is they are always speeding. They just showed the accident on channel 7 news and the girl said "the Lamborghini was speeding and hit the car". The person who owns the video said "Young guys in fancy schmancy cars speeding along here". There has also been complaints of drag racing as well. I also take issue with anyone who feels this happened because the driver in the black car was jealous. This is Mill Basin. Im sure 50%+ of the people living there can buy an expensive car. Whether you decide to spend it on a car or leave it in the bank makes no difference.
        CIUP
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BigFire
        I know, most millionaires I've met only have sedans like this or bigger SUV's for their family. Having a two-seater is a lot less common being rich or not. You have to really be into that sort of thing, it's easy when you're young and have a lot of money handed over to you which is probably the case with all of these aventador crashes that have been happening lately.
      jonnybimmer
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not to defend the Lambo for driving so fast in a residential (No, I don't buy that "But you're supposed to drive a supercar fast" BS. Wanna drive fast? Spend a moment to take it away from where people walk and kids play), but I simply cannot believe how the driver of the black sedan could not have seen the Lambo driving up. Literally the only other car on the road, and even if the Lambo was coming up faster than expected, had the black sedan driver been more defensive with his/her driving and waited just a few more seconds, then the whole accident could have been avoided. The Lambo may have heightened the chances of an incident by speeding, but it was ultimately the black sedan that really made the move to collide.
      Pat
      • 1 Year Ago
      There appears to be a curve or junction ahead. Regardless... the driver of the black car wasn't attentive.
      Silentnoise713
      • 1 Year Ago
      Lambo gets a speeding ticket but the Mazda gets 100% blame for the accident. But since both were behind the wheels in a moving vehicle both are at fault; 51% goes to the Mazda.
        CIUP
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Silentnoise713
        All you have on the miata is that they weren't paying attention. The lambo didn't attempt to stop so they have that to blame and then some. Speeding will get you screwed, keep it up.
      Renaurd
      • 1 Year Ago
      The black car was clearly at fault, but why does a car that cost that much break in half......... Is this some new safety feature I haven't heard about......... Like a lizard does the Lambo grow a new tail? An auto enthusiast wants to know.
        superchan7
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Renaurd
        It's a different philosophy of car construction, derived from race cars. At high speeds, the F/R sub-frames take the brunt of the impact and can possibly shear off to dissipate the energy. It doesn't always work in the exotic's favour on public roads--crumple zones don't appear to work as well as on normal monocoque-frame cars.
        CIUP
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Renaurd
        lambos were always cheaply made. I had a murcielago chassis and it's welds had holes in 'em. Give my post a negative, I'll still know more about the cars than most. :)
        CIUP
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Renaurd
        it's also made of carbon fiber composite material I think it would break regardless of being made to break. Their half assed cromoly steel chassis' were stronger. It's all about being light weight now, NOT safe.
        Andrew Berardinelli
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Renaurd
        It looks to be a "passenger cell" from what was said, and it could be a new feature to protect the driver by splitting it from the engine bay. If you search "Aventador safety cell" on Google, articles for this crash come up. Leads me to believe Lamborghini may have already stated that it was a "safety cell." I mean, what kind of reporting would it be if they made things up and didn't verify information before delivering it to the people?
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