In another thread http://www.theautomotiveindia.com/fo...tml#post419124
I promised bharathbigb
that I'll upload Pics taken after an accident involving my Matiz. I thought it is better to start a new thread on that.
This post is about how safe my old Matiz was. It was a Sunday evening near Mekhri circle, Bangalore. Some expo was happening in the nearby Palace Ground and the traffic was chocked. The traffic cleared after 4 or 5 halts and vehicles ahead of me accelerated; so did I. Within 200-400 m, I saw the Corolla ahead of me braking hard and managed to stop my car a few inches from it. Heaved a sigh of relief and said “hum bach gaya”. Before I could complete that, the Matiz was hit from behind and was pushed into the Corolla. I saw the boot door of Corolla slowly opening. My better half (hated wearing the seat belt) was thrown forward onto the dash board. Her head was cushioned by something she held in her hand and the hands themselves. Luckily, nothing happened to her nor to my little one, but a minor crack (about 3 inches long) appeared on the dash.
What had happened was, a guy had walked his Camel across the road and a driver braked hard, instead of just easing it on. Drivers following that car had a tough time; some stopped safely, some hit others, some were hit. I got out and found that the 2nd car was a Waggy, which had stopped clean. But, Waggy was hit from behind and the driver suffered bleeding in one of his ankles (HOW COME ?); he was soon rushed off to a hospital by someone. Then there was a red Santro (3rd ?). A few inches behind it was a silver Corolla. My silver Matiz was seriously nudging the Corrolla. A grey Honda City was into the Matiz, completing the list. Only the last three cars suffered any significant damages, yet in running condition. You have GOT to believe me, NO angry words were exchanged.
We were told later that driver of the City was doing something with the audio system and did not see the road ahead; both driver and his wife were sorry. Matiz bore the fury of the City; or was it the other way ? After consulting a traffic Cop, we decided to go to the nearby Sadashivanagar Police Station. Gave a statement to the Police. I’ll not elaborate, but one needs to have patience and be persuasive with the Cops. Got their seal and off we went. No phone numbers asked and exchanged.
After a week’s time my car was sent to a nearby mechanic; luckily, nothing was broke, including the lamps, bumper etc. Some patchwork was done on the bumper and a small FRP part (just below the front left headlamp). 10 days later I paid Rs.8000/- and got the car. Repairs included denting, tinkering, painting etc. I’ll now let the Pics talk. I was bloody proud of Matiz after this.
For ref, I'm attaching the front and rear, before the accident
The following pics were taken 8 & 9 months after the accident.
1st is Matiz basking in sun, at Hometown:
This was on an early morning on the Pamban Bridge, Rameswaram: