Crash Test - Personal Experience

Discussion in 'Gen 3 Prius Main Forum' started by 46mike, May 23, 2012.

  1. 46mike

    46mike Junior Member

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2010
    4
    0
    1
    Location:
    Rochester NY
    Vehicle:
    2010 Prius
    Model:
    IV
    Well folks, I'm sorry to say that I can attest to the performance of my 2010 Prius during a 50+ mph sideswipe on a divided highway. It occurred April 5th in Rochester NY and probably looked like a NASCAR kiss and subsequent spin out by both cars into the median. I happened to go through the "Welcome to Rochester" flower garden, down the other side of the median into the oncoming traffic lane and then managed to pilot her back into the median. Car took down two 4/4 signposts and a highway reflector marker. No airbag deployment but did have $11,800 damage to body. Wheels did not require re-alignment. Body damage to front, left rear quarter panel and rear door, right rocker panel. Car was remarkably sound during that split second change of direction and hair raising trip. I was impressed. Other driver and I were not injured (he also drove another Toyota - model? ). We were very very fortunate. My car is looking well after a lot of TLC by my body man. Oh yes...he had to buy $140 gloves to disengage the battery pack, despite what the bare handed lady on You Tube did.... Way to go, Toyota!
     
  2. spiderman

    spiderman wretched

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2009
    7,543
    1,540
    0
    Location:
    Alaska
    Vehicle:
    2010 Prius
    Model:
    II
    Wow, glad you are OK. Hope I don't ever have to test its soundness. :)
     
  3. rrolff

    rrolff Prius Surgeon

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2009
    1,610
    244
    0
    Location:
    So Cal
    Vehicle:
    2010 Prius
    Model:
    III
    In my first 2010, had 3 kids and me - turned to quiet down the ones in the back, subsequently hit a center median curb (4"+ high) head on at an angle (40 MPH). It was high enough to pretty much stop the car at the drivers front - sending us end over end (yes end over), and rolling. All airbags deployed. The only injury was a slight burn to my hand (airbag). From the outside, you would think there were fatalities...

    Needless to say, the replacement was the same car... We then got one for one of the kids...

    Insurance totaled the car...
     
  4. phoenixgreg

    phoenixgreg Senior member

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2010
    1,157
    281
    66
    Location:
    Phoenix
    Vehicle:
    2010 Prius
    Model:
    II
    OP: You didn't mention if the sideswipe was the other driver's fault. If so, be sure to get diminished value from their insurance company.
     
  5. bisco

    bisco cookie crumbler

    Joined:
    May 11, 2005
    94,732
    42,957
    0
    Location:
    boston
    Vehicle:
    2012 Prius Plug-in
    Model:
    Plug-in Base
    :welcome: not the way you want to introduce yourself, but i'm glad you're here and well!
     
  6. stream

    stream Senior Member

    Joined:
    May 12, 2008
    2,977
    451
    14
    Location:
    Long Island, NY
    Vehicle:
    2010 Prius
    Model:
    V
    Glad to hear everybody's OK.
     
  7. Michgal007

    Michgal007 Senior Member

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2006
    1,318
    96
    0
    Location:
    Macon, GA
    Vehicle:
    2006 Prius
    Model:
    N/A
    Welcome to PriusChat and I am glad you are ok!
     
  8. aragon

    aragon New Member

    Joined:
    May 21, 2012
    20
    0
    0
    Location:
    San Francisco, CA
    Vehicle:
    2012 Prius
    Model:
    Two
    So glad you are ok! Welcome!
     
  9. GSW

    GSW PRIUS POWER

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2009
    537
    74
    0
    Location:
    Jacksonville
    Vehicle:
    2010 Prius
    Model:
    II
    Glad your ok 46mike! I'm amazed you can have a 3 year old car with $11,800 in damage and it not be totalled.


    rrolff, that's scarey! And with 3 kids in the car is a nightmare. Really happy for you and family that the Prius held together. I've heard some pretty amazing crash stories about how the Prius has held its own. (Safely)! :faint2:
     
  10. dustoff003

    dustoff003 Blizzard Brigade #003

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2010
    1,371
    334
    0
    Location:
    Waianae, HI (Oahu)
    Vehicle:
    2011 Prius
    Model:
    Five
    Aloha 46mike welcome to PC wow that sounded like one heck of a ride. Tell your body guy now that he has the gloves he can take on more Hybrid work if he wants to and you can refer all of your new Prius Chat friends in your area. Glad to hear everybody was okay.
     
  11. dig4dirt

    dig4dirt MoonGlow

    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2012
    1,075
    688
    0
    Location:
    Lancaster Co PA
    Vehicle:
    2014 Prius c
    Model:
    Two
    Glad everyone walked away, wow!

    Yes, $11k in damage would total most 3 year old $20k+ (purchase price)
    Evidently not a Toyota:)
     
  12. The Critic

    The Critic Resident Critic

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2005
    3,135
    2,236
    0
    Location:
    CA
    Vehicle:
    2011 Prius
    Model:
    Three
    Glad you're OK.

    If it is cheaper to repair the vehicle vs a total loss, then that is the route that the insurance company will take. There's no reason to total out the vehicle if it can be repaired economically, at least from the insurance company's POV.
     
Loading...