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Impact: Real Drivers. Life-Changing Stories.

Explore unscripted accounts of survival and newfound perspective

Rudy Bauer

Sequim, Washington

“My wife and I had our world suddenly — and literally — turned upside down by a driver who ran a stop sign and proceeded to t-bone our ML500 at a speed in excess of 50 mph.”
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My wife and I had our world suddenly — and literally — turned upside down by a driver who ran a stop sign and proceeded to t-bone our ML500 at a speed in excess of 50 mph. As the speeding car approached my vehicle, I knew we were about to be hit and that there was no way to escape the impact. But using the power and quick accelerating ability of my Mercedes, I was able to surge ahead and prevent a direct impact on the driver’s side.

The speeding car hit my ML500 just in front of the rear wheel, causing it to spin 180 degrees while rolling over one and three quarters times — ultimately landing driver’s side down. Despite the violence of the collision, my wife and I were able to exit the sunroof and found that we were absolutely unharmed. The cabin was intact despite the rollover. Our lives were saved that day by the superior design and strength of my Mercedes. We bought our third Mercedes the following week.

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