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trm1958

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Greetings from the hospital
« on: October 27, 2023, 10:52:19 PM »
Almost killed Tuesday by an old lady in an SUV while I was crossing the street (she was cited).
The firefighters who medevaced me gave me 50-50 chances, but I am well enough now to go online.
While we are worrying about billions dying of AGW in the next few decades, your death could be only a few days away.

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Re: Greetings from the hospital
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2023, 12:48:44 AM »
Glad you survived and can keep posting.

Take care and hope you recover well. Hopefully it wont be a long road.

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Re: Greetings from the hospital
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2023, 03:08:27 AM »

While we are worrying about billions dying of AGW in the next few decades, your death could be only a few days away.
Quite right.  This highlights a reason to take meaningful actions now, while we still can.

A speedy recovery to you.

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Re: Greetings from the hospital
« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2023, 06:21:31 AM »
Take care.
Big cars are not only a problem when talking about AGW and resources depletion.

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Re: Greetings from the hospital
« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2023, 07:33:05 AM »
Tom, that's terrifying.
I really hope you are able to fully recover and that your healing is swift.
Glad to see you back online!

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Re: Greetings from the hospital
« Reply #5 on: October 28, 2023, 08:03:45 AM »
Sorry to hear about your terrible ordeal Tom, but glad you survived and are back online. I hope you get well soon.

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Re: Greetings from the hospital
« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2023, 10:51:18 AM »
None of my family or friends are into my cyber world.
If I had died I would have just…disappeared.

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Re: Greetings from the hospital
« Reply #7 on: October 28, 2023, 10:58:53 AM »
Hullo trm1958,
So glad to read that you survived this terrible experience.

From personal experience physical and mental recovery from a near death event has to be given plenty of time, so take it easy.

At least you failed to support the statistics that say when a pedestrian is hit by a SUV the chances of it being fatal are 8 times greater than being hit by a sedan. Here in the UK the SUV is sometimes called "grannycrusher".
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Re: Greetings from the hospital
« Reply #8 on: October 28, 2023, 01:16:57 PM »
Get well Tom, I currently work in crash statistics, unfortunately the engineering improvements in car safety don't apply to pedestrians, I would encourage everyone to support lower speed limits in residential and community areas.

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Re: Greetings from the hospital
« Reply #9 on: October 28, 2023, 03:59:24 PM »
I'm sorry to hear this.
Americans and their SUVs, it's a ridiculously inefficient way of transport and a danger to pedestrians and cyclists.  Unfortunately these monstrosities are starting to appear in Europe too, I wish the government would do more to outlaw them.


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Re: Greetings from the hospital
« Reply #10 on: October 28, 2023, 05:55:48 PM »
Tom, I almost got hit by a Tesla making a right . The light had turned green for the crosswalk I had entered and the Tesla made no noise. Saw him and jumped back out of harms way , Tesla never stopped. Hate the pace of life in cities like SB or LA. I used to carry a skateboard to deliver through somebody window if I had to get their attention but getting a little old for skateboards or city life period. Get well, we’d miss you around here if you vanished.

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Re: Greetings from the hospital
« Reply #11 on: October 28, 2023, 11:39:09 PM »
The difference in weight between a Tesla (~4500 lbs) and an SUV (~5000 lbs) makes little difference in a vehicle - pedestrian accident.  The pedestrian will always get the short stick.  Even a mini-Cooper at almost 3000 lbs can result in a fatality. 

Tom, you are lucky to be alive.  I wish you the best in your recovery.

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Re: Greetings from the hospital
« Reply #12 on: October 28, 2023, 11:59:39 PM »
It's not the weight but the shape. SUVs are taller, and can hit the pelvis or torso rather than the legs. In addition, they often have huge front bumpers not designed to minimize damage to humans that are hit.