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2011 tree crash, Airbags Deployed, broken bones

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I have an original 2011 Chevy Volt and the car has been wonderful. No real problems for 96K miles.
This Friday I was driving down a road with a 50MPH speed limit. I remember not feeling well and the world closing in on me and the next thing I know I have hit a tree head-on with a police officer banging on my window. No drugs or alcohol involved. I ended up in the ICU for two days with a broken Hip , three broken ribs , a broken right ankle and a broken right shin bone (I assume from the airbag that deployed on it. I am 6ft 3in, so my legs are quite long. )

I wanted to say if it wasn’t for this car, I may not be alive today. The volt took all the impact (see attachment) and I suffered no major injuries besides the broken bones and a busted lip.

Thank you Chevy for creating such a safe car!
I am leaving the hospital tonight on my way to rehab for my legs.

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Wow, glad you are here to report back and you are mainly OK. Hope you have a speedy recover. I'm glad my kids drive such safe cars.
 

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Good to hear you made it through this ordeal. I firmly believe that the Gen 1 Volt is one of the safest cars on the road today. I'm not going to lie to you--your rehab may be long and painful, but you will get through it. Stay positive and move forward. Good luck!
 
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WOW! That's really scary. I'm glad your Volt did its job and protected your life. I hope your recovery is as speedy as possible.
 

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The good thing is that you are okay even if you have a long road ahead. Unfortunately I don't believe that it'll just buff out. :eek:
Hoping you get another ride and hopefully back on the road once again after you get this all behind you. Wishing you a speedy recovery.
 

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As far as recovery, I am walking now on one leg. I was able to get in and out of bed and use the restroom and shower on my own today. Physical Therapists estimate one week before I can leave full care facility and start doing regular physical therapy a few times a week.

I really am in awe on this cars safety.

I am going to not be driving for a couple months and was in the process of moving and selling my house, so I will have some extra money. I would buy another volt in a heart beat but, I will be going with a Tesla this time around.
 

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Yes I’m going to spring for the extra safety features. Auto pilot, auto break.
I do not need the ludacris mode for sure ;)
I feel/feel_for you in multiple ways. I had a pretty bad accident 3 years ago. That was in a Tesla and I replaced it with the same car. Just today I spent some money upgrading the 2 computer systems in my current Tesla (MCU (infotainment) and AutoPilot(FSD/HW3)) for several reasons but I *really* like the fact that faster computers respond to the potential accident situations quicker which I translate to safer. My wife and kids drive Volts and Teslas and I'm glad we are all in very safe cars. Crazy things happen.

You'd fit (6'3") nicely in a Model Y (or Model X). Lot of videos on a Model Y by a tall person on YouTube (i1Tesla). Figured you'd have time to watch videos.
 

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Haven't you already experienced enough auto breaks . . . wouldn't auto-braking be more of a benefit?
I think of all the times my collision avoidance warning goes off in my 2014 Volt. If it was slamming on the brakes every time this happened I'd be rear-ended for sure. That thing is super annoying and has so many false warnings that it's useless. Has been that way since day 1.
 

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Our 2013 Premium would auto-brake in near-collision circumstances. Was this a base model Volt?
 
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