Caught on Dashcam – Car Crash and Flip Off the Side of a Mountain – Angeles Crest Highway

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One 12 months in the past, at this time, I nearly died. Right here is the video of the incident.

I am primarily posting this in an try to assist others be taught from my errors. It is a reminder to be protected, concentrate and KNOW THE ROAD earlier than you attempt to take pleasure in it. I failed on all three of these accounts and it almost value me my life.

I wrote my story beneath, a day after the accident occurred whereas I nonetheless remembered the whole lot that occurred. It was primarily for myself, however I made a decision to share it on fb, and now right here. A 12 months later, and I’ve greater than discovered my lesson and realized my errors. I after all take full duty for my errors and understand it may have been worse.
Right here is the total story pasted right here: since YouTube’s character restrict sadly does not permit me to put up the total factor.

Shortened story beneath:

Sunday, Jan four, 2015, I obtained a second probability at life.

What occurred? To place it merely, I used to be going quicker than I ought to have been and obtained distracted on the one second that required 110% give attention to an unfamiliar street.

As an auto fanatic, when you’ve got a pleasant considerably quick modified automotive with a loud exhaust you have a tendency to love tunnels. They make your exhaust sound that a lot better, kind of like singing within the bathe… Effectively, I discovered myself accelerating via this good lengthy and darkish pair of tunnels; I had finished this many occasions earlier than in different tunnels. On the exit, I may barely see as a result of it was so shiny, an individual standing and holding one thing whereas motioning. Questioning what they had been doing, I stared, and stared, reaching the highest of 4th gear, all whereas making an attempt to understand what they had been making an attempt to inform me. Then I figured it out. They had been telling me to decelerate and watch the curve forward, however it was too late. After I give it some thought now, I don’t ever keep in mind seeing the street forward till I used to be almost out of the tunnel. In my thoughts I had assumed that it simply went straight. At that time I used to be exiting the tunnel straight because the street curved to the left. I had no time to slam on my brakes beforehand. Realizing I used to be going means too quick for that part, I utilized the brakes softly in an effort to maintain the again finish from sliding out, however, mixed with a bump and tough swap in floor texture from concrete to asphalt, I misplaced traction. I started sliding to the left, the automotive oversteering, rotating counter-clockwise, over the middle marker. I counter-steered, turning the steering wheel all the way in which to the best, however saved sliding to the left into the turnout. It was at this second I knew, I had fucked up.

I slammed right into a berm and anticipated to return to an entire cease, however the terrifying journey wasn’t over. I went over the sting. It occurred so quick all I can keep in mind is the whole lot crashing and spinning. I assumed I used to be rolling over down the aspect of the mountain. I used to be assured I used to be going to land the other way up and get crushed. I used to be on the world’s worst curler coaster that might solely finish with loss of life, or so I assumed. I got here to a cease, nonetheless yelling, not absolutely comprehending what simply occurred, or how far down the mountain I used to be and that I really simply crashed my automotive. Fortunately for me, I landed on a rock wall that was a part of a drainage pipe that went via the mountain. It was the one horizontally degree piece on a particularly steep sloped hill. Had I spun off a couple of ft earlier than or after, I’d be lifeless.

I by no means thought that I’d be one of many guys that wrecks his automotive within the canyons. I’m not even near being a professional driver, however, not less than earlier than the accident I took simply slight satisfaction in my situational consciousness whereas driving, my considerably first rate understanding of car dynamics and the way numerous driver inputs have an effect on a automobile in movement, my autocross and canyon expertise, and the truth that I haven’t gotten any tickets or into any accidents since I obtained my license (for what it is value). I tousled. I obtained too comfy on the flawed second and it obtained the perfect of me. It exhibits that issues like this will occur to principally anybody. The entire cruise up there was relaxed, leisurely, till that second. I positively wasn’t purposely making an attempt to take that nook quick, I used to be caught up within the second flying via these lengthy tunnels, obtained distracted, and didn’t see the street forward of me. I panicked final minute and that in the end result in this whole scenario. I’m upset in myself, and I do know some others could also be upset in me as nicely. And I do know it may have been worse in so some ways, and I’m kicking myself for that. However in the end I’m glad to be alive and nicely and that I didn’t contain others within the wreck.

Automotive is a modified 2004 Subaru Forester XT.