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Got rammed on the motorway today at 80 by a sleeping driver


Tommy Cockles

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Crazy scenes.

 

Was minding my own business at 70mph in the inside lane of a pratically empty motorway, did a mirror check & there's this BMW bearing down on me.

 

I thought (in the split seconds timeframe) "WTF is he doing he's going to hit me, why is he doing this?"

 

It was too late to avoid but at least I was prepared & so therefore kept control and am unscathed.

 

Managed to pull over onto the hard shoulder after swerving a bit, he pulls in behind me & turns out he had fallen asleep at the wheel (which at least answered my question)

 

Some HA Traffic Officers pulled up & he's admitted it to them too so its his liability at least.

 

Hitting me probably saved his life because he was on the drift & if he doesn't hit me he's hitting the barrier & thats not going to end well for him.

 

It just shows you what can happen out of absolutely nowhere & it has made me think about my own driving because even though I was absolutely blameless today the unavoidable truth of this situation is had I been fiddling with the Sat Nav/Aircon/Radio/Phone/Sandwich/whateveritis that I admit I've done thousands of times & which seem totally harmless at the time, even though it wouldn't have been my fault, the outcome would have undoubtedly been very diffferent.

 

And it not being my fault wouldnt be any consolation would it?

 

So I've learned a lesson today, if you are not prepared to give the road 100% of your attention (not 99%) 100% of the time (not 99%) then don't drive. If you are anything like me, then learn it too.

 

Cheers.

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blimey, life's never dull Tommy. Glad your ok.

 

Ha! No it isn't is it?

 

I did think though "is this a group of coked up loons out ramming people for some crazy Clockwork Orange style thrills?"

 

But no it was a 50-something Swedish geezer who'd fallen asleep.

 

Your neck of the woods Muley IIRC, just south of Trowell services, Nottingham way. Ish.

 

Surprised he wasn't arrested.

 

Yeah the HA guys (who aren't police) called them but they didn't get response. They said they probably would arrest him if they showed up. He may get some kind of retro action.

 

I said I didn't want to cause any trouble as everyone was OK, he admitted responsibility (witnessed by the HA officers), plus he was mortified & extremely apologetic.

 

Seemed like a decent bloke who realised what a F*** up he'd made & how lucky we all had been.

 

I just wanted to get out of there TBF. Only v minor damage to the car amazingly.

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Glad you are ok Tommy lad.

 

Brings back memories of a major accident I was a victim of in 2006 on the notorious A38 between Lichfield and Birmingham.

 

Road was dead quiet on a Friday (finished early from work) moved to the right lane to let cars coming off a slip road get on when this bloke undertakes a load of em on the slip road and moves across the lanes straight into the front wing of my car.

 

I could see the fecker approaching towards me and I kept pressing the horn which he ignored. I prepared myself for the impact but when he hit the front wing the tyre on my car burst and I lost all control and my car ended up in the bushes. Was lucky to get out of it alive to be honest.

 

The bloke was prosecuted for dangerous driving and got a community sentence.

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Only v minor damage to the car amazingly.

Have the car checked out properly. I thought mine was pretty much alright when someone went into the back of me, and was driving around for a few days afterwards, but then the insurance inspector showed me that the chassis had been completely bent out of shape.

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It's so easily done as well isn't it - I often find myself with heavy eye-lids in desperate need of a break - opening all the windows and coming off at the next services is the only option - nowt you can do about it really.

Happened to me once, the asleep not the accident, set off at 4.30, 3 hrs drive, 12 hr day, drove home and just as I went past where I work my brain must have switched off and gone 'nearly home' as the next thing I was woken up by the rumble strip.

 

Scariest thing ever.

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Ha! No it isn't is it?

 

I did think though "is this a group of coked up loons out ramming people for some crazy Clockwork Orange style thrills?"

 

But no it was a 50-something Swedish geezer who'd fallen asleep.

 

Your neck of the woods Muley IIRC, just south of Trowell services, Nottingham way. Ish.

 

 

Yeah the HA guys (who aren't police) called them but they didn't get response. They said they probably would arrest him if they showed up. He may get some kind of retro action.

 

I said I didn't want to cause any trouble as everyone was OK, he admitted responsibility (witnessed by the HA officers), plus he was mortified & extremely apologetic.

 

Seemed like a decent bloke who realised what a F*** up he'd made & how lucky we all had been.

 

I just wanted to get out of there TBF. Only v minor damage to the car amazingly.

 

Barry Bannon had his little mishap on that stretch of the M1 before he legged it across the fields to escape.

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Have the car checked out properly. I thought mine was pretty much alright when someone went into the back of me, and was driving around for a few days afterwards, but then the insurance inspector showed me that the chassis had been completely bent out of shape.

Aye, same here. Had a little knock from behind at a round a bout and seemingly no damage to the car so we all went on our merry way. Two days later after doing the weekly shop I can't open my boot!!

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Aye, same here. Had a little knock from behind at a round a bout and seemingly no damage to the car so we all went on our merry way. Two days later after doing the weekly shop I can't open my boot!!

 

did you lose your keys?

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Glad you are ok Tommy lad.

 

Brings back memories of a major accident I was a victim of in 2006 on the notorious A38 between Lichfield and Birmingham.

 

Road was dead quiet on a Friday (finished early from work) moved to the right lane to let cars coming off a slip road get on when this bloke undertakes a load of em on the slip road and moves across the lanes straight into the front wing of my car.

 

I could see the fecker approaching towards me and I kept pressing the horn which he ignored. I prepared myself for the impact but when he hit the front wing the tyre on my car burst and I lost all control and my car ended up in the bushes. Was lucky to get out of it alive to be honest.

 

The bloke was prosecuted for dangerous driving and got a community sentence.

 

 

Wow Ibby man you got lucky there, far scarier than mine

 

Sounds like scary stuff, Tommy.

 

Was El Boss alright?

 

Who is El Boss, dont get the ref? (sorry if I am being dim)

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Just watched as some lads have turned over a RS Megane at about seventy around a bend they were busy ignoring, probably saved by the tree they demolished, no airbags, climbed out and limped off doing a dusty through the yard of a big warehouse.

 

Very fortunate chaps these are.

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