Insurance claim is lodged. I feel bad for the guy, he has a job but he has no insurance for the car, his car was a 2008 VE SS Ute (a special model Holden), I haven't looked at the book values yet but mine is insured for 5000, I doubt i can replace it considering the very low klms I had on the clock only 90 000 klms travelled. His car being a special model may not be replaceable so he would likely get book value or an over estimate if customised.
My air bag actually ruptured and released the contents, no one can tell me if that is normal or not, another search I guess.
I have dash cam footage of the event, it's kinda shocking, he had no way of knowing there was a problem until I began to cross the lines, then he tried to avoid me but had no time or space to do it. Basically I drove into him like a train.
I think my hands must have even dropped of the steering wheel because I have a neat bruise on each arm about 2 inches back from my thumbs and my thumbs are not sore I always drive with both hands and I lay my thumbs on top of the steering wheel "spoke" if you can call it that, so I should have sore thumbs if my hands were on the wheel. I claim total blackout and my hands dropped of the steering wheel, then on impact they would have swung forward and hit the steering wheel on the bottom quadrants of the wheel, hence the bruises on the tops of my arms back from my thumbs.
He is ok, and I am glad that the main impact was taken in the front corners of the cars, by trying to avoid me he actually took the risk of me hitting his door and him, he says it seemed like I was accelerating. WOW.
I don't even remember seeing any cars coming in the other direction the impact or anything, I originally thought I could not remember back 1 klm but that was to the previous concrete culvert, as it turns out I remember going into the culvert (that's it end of memory until stopped after collision) however I then travelled about 300 or 400 meters directly in a straight line until impact, and I remember none of that at all. I rang the police and offered the cam footage as well as I want to show them my arm bruises. My dash cam footage might make it onto an add for road safety.
Thanks be to the heavens. The car behind him had children in it, and that would have devastated me, people would definitely have been hurt if I had hit the next car following him.
Yep looks like some airbags do release some of the contents. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Av0WGrlTGY
Here is the cam footage showing how lucky he and I was, ( he kinda broke my fall as it were ) - Front camera https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6fOH_lMcQDQNmlQRnZmV3JPSHM/view?usp=sharing
Rear camera had to edit due to witnesses rego number - https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6fOH_lMcQDQYkFaZ1dsWi10b2M/view?usp=sharing
P.S. My car worth almost $10 000, his car worth about $20 000, 30 grand plus down the tube, I'm upset because I ruined two good Holdens.
Don't make em any more. Or soon won't be.