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Some much for open air. It really needs that roof structure replaced on the smart cabrio. The driver was lucky he did get hit on the left side.





This is a older Miata's. Looks like head on damage. It didn't fold. Metal doors too. The engine retarded some of the crash.



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Only 2% of ALL crashes in the U.S. are head-on. The smart cabrio population represents a very small portion of the total population.

That's why we have choices and such events are called accidents.

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Someone mentioned this was a 40 MPH road, which would suggest the cars may have hit each other at at what might feel like 80 MPH into a brick wall.
This is incorrect. If two vehicles of the same mass hit head on, both moving at X MPH, it isn't as if they struck a wall at 2X MPH, but rather just as 1X MPH.

The critical part of the above is "of the same mass". The smart weighs less than the van, so assuming they were both moving at the same rate, the smart would take proportionally more of the impact's energy.

If the vehicles' speeds were unequal that further complicates the equation.
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This is incorrect. If two vehicles of the same mass hit head on, both moving at X MPH, it isn't as if they struck a wall at 2X MPH, but rather just as 1X MPH.

The critical part of the above is "of the same mass". The smart weighs less than the van, so assuming they were both moving at the same rate, the smart would take proportionally more of the impact's energy.

If the vehicles' speeds were unequal that further complicates the equation.
Beat me at my own game!

And as someone noted earlier, it looks like the smart driver jerked left in an attempt to avoid the crash.

So, not only do we have high speed, but greatly differing weight and probably a big offset! :O
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Eh ... what would Sheldon say?
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Be careful. I was told the smart driver pass away. Sad.
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I heard from a reliable source (another smart owner that personally knew him) that the driver of the smart car did pass away.

Thoughts and prayers to the surviving family.
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This just turned really tragic. Thoughts go out to the family...

And, since this thread is now in violation of rules for the accident forum, perhaps we should close it in respect for the families involved?
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