Posted by Too big, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Sep 24, 2012 at 3:07 pm
Look at how much bigger the Silverado is than the Hyundai. The engine is at the level of the back window. No one wants to admit it, but economic fuel efficient cars are not safe when these enormous jacked up vehicles are all over the place.
Posted by Otto McTronic, a resident of the Barron Park neighborhood, on Sep 24, 2012 at 6:11 pm
Those vehicles are more a danger to themselves with the way they roll over at thew slightest encouragement.
To put it realistically though, neither of these vehicles controlled themselves. The danger is and always will be behind the wheel. The rest is completely insignificant once you get these ego driven, aggressive, <self censored> drivers reigned in. The drivers are the problem. Only the drivers are unsafe.
Posted by 100% bicycle commuter, a resident of Los Altos, on Sep 24, 2012 at 9:56 pm
I agree with @Too big. Even if everyone were as calm and careful as possible when driving, we all make mistakes. And large cars with vertical, tall grills are a lot worse in many types of impacts than cars with angled, low hoods. Looks like everyone will be ok in this case, so that's good.
I once was hit by a BMW sports car whose driver went straight through a red light as I was bicycling across an intersection on my mature but not stale green. When the car hit, I rolled up onto the hood and then the windshield and off the other side. I was banged up, but I had a lot of ramped surface on which to lose energy and so distribute the energy of the impact. If the car had instead been an SUV or truck with a vertical, tall front, it would have smacked me and that probably would have been it.
Another problem with tall SUVs is drivers can't see over the hood to the ground. I was walking in a narrow crosswalk once and an SUV braked to a rolling stop and then accelerated again, without seeing me at all. (I jumped out of the way.) My conclusion was that once the SUV was close to me, the driver could only see the top of me, and that wasn't enough.
Commercial truck drivers and motorcyclists have to get special licenses. It seems reasonable that drivers of cars over a certain mass and hood height should have to get a special license because I think they require a bit more care in handling than compacts or sedans.
Posted by CT resident, a resident of the College Terrace neighborhood, on Sep 25, 2012 at 11:43 am
So glad the emergency services were there and did their usual wonderful job! I must say, if you are going to get into difficulties, do it within walking distance of the Fire station. PAFD #2 is right there!
Posted by daughter, a resident of Menlo Park, on Sep 29, 2012 at 10:23 pm
I'm the daughter of the man traped on the small car. He is doing ok so far. Had surgery yesterday to reconstruct and replace pelvic bone and other broken bones. 7 broken ribs and other complications that he has developed thank you all who helped him at the scene and now all the doctors and nurses at Stanford.please everyone drive safe and pay attention to the roads and people around you.