The Air Bags That Didn't Save My Life
In summer of 2008, my father purchased an '06 Chevy Trailblazer for me, as I was scheduled to drive in November of that year. The car was purchased from a friend of the family, who had only put 20,000-30,000 miles on the car when it was in their possession. My dad drove this car cross country with this friend before we had purchased it from them, and he hit the guard rail on the highway and totaled the front of the car. The airbags did NOT deploy. The insurance had the car fixed, and our friend then sold it to us at a good price. I began driving the car in November, and had few problems until the timing belt went, the water pump, and then the brakes, all of which were inappropriately replaced very early. Then I had 4 new tires out on the car for $1,000 in July of 2009. Besides the price of gas, the car seemed to finally be doing okay. Then October 9, 2009 I was driving on a back road, and coming around a sharp and blind turn with no shoulder, there was an industrial van stopped in the middle of the road. I had no choice but to swerve left around this van, but when I did so the top-heavy car leaned to hard. To avoid the oncoming bus in the left lane and the nose of the still stopped van, I swerved right with all force I had. Once again, this top heavy car's strength versus my 5'4 and 130 lb. build was a clear win. I snaked through these two obstacles, however, the forest on the right side of the road was without question. As soon as my tires hit the wet mud, I had lost control of the car and began doing 360's and rolled. My car was totaled, an estimated 13,000 worth of damage. The driver side of the car was completely impacted, I could not open the door. The rearview mirror was inches from my head, had I not ducked the tree would've hit my face. I now have a torn AC joint, and herniated discs running from my neck down to my lower back, along with my third concusion. If I hadn't been buckled up, doing my part to stay alive, I would have gone through the windshield. Had my airbags deployed in this basically head-on collision, I would have no head trauma, neurological problems, or the AC joint damage. I now attend physical therapy 4 times a week, and the neurologist. It has affected my school and sports, not to mention I now have no car. This was the only American car my family owned, and GM, it will be the last. This whole experience has changed my views on GM.