It can be argued that new cars and trucks protect occupants better than ever before.
From advanced technologies like lane-keeping and automatic braking and speed control to good ol’ fashioned seat-belts and airbags, its no wonder auto fatalities in the U.S. have steadily declined over the past decade.
Take the driver of this Cadillac CTS, for example. The rear assembly on the drivers side of the vehicle came off the car and caused the last-gen CTS sedan to careen into a tree and a telephone pole, according to reports.
He admits the airbag saved his life. The ‘bag also caused one of the best temporary “tattoos” we’ve ever seen– an imprint of the Cadillac crest on his forearm.
The driver freely admits he was holding the lower part of the wheel with the hand on his now-branded arm, causing the wheel cover to launch squarely at his forearm.
As you may have guessed the CTS was totalled in the crash. And to make matters worse the insurance payout was below the value of vehicle. Despite all this the driver says he would by another Cadillac in a heartbeat.
His remarks on Reddit suggest he is taking the whole incident in stride, “Cadillac airbag saved my life, made sure I remember that.”
Luckily for the driver (and GM), the story of this crash had a pretty happy and hilarious end.