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Desc:The driver is expected to be okay.
Category:Accidents & Explosions
Tags:Car, fall, Austin, parking garage
Submitted:Crab Mentality
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Binro the Heretic
Holy shitballs!
infinite zest
I guess the person in the car is going to sue the parking lot company, and this is apparently the second time this has happened in the same lot. Like, what's up with metal wires being the only protective barrier? That's like building a skyscraper without windows and just putting up a sign telling people not to get too close to the edge.
It's kind of boring, but here's the answer to your question. =)

The reason is that it's a cheaper, lighter, quicker way to make a barrier than using rigid steel or concrete. When they engineer a cable barrier like this, the amount of actual cable is far more than should ever be required to stop most any vehicle small enough to get into a parking garage, so that shouldn't be of concern to anyone. It just isn't particularly confidence-inspiring from a visual standpoint. That said... If there's a problem with this particular garage, it seems like it'd have to be because the anchors were installed improperly or there's something wrong with the concrete itself. I think they'd be using a wedge anchor for this and they require a fairly precise hole (precise for concrete) or they can't wedge themselves in there properly.

Anyways, I'm not an engineer (or I'd use, you know, math and stuff), that's just the opinion of a person who's worked with cable rope to move heavy things, installed a lot of wedge anchors and witnessed a few instances where both of those things have failed.

Either way, I'd like to know how fast she was going before she figured out where the brake pedal was... Sounds like maybe she's a candidate for public transportation.

The last guy:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3782617/Man-escapes-un harmed-car-drives-Texas-parking-garage.html

My understanding is that cars explode after something like that.
Mr. Purple Cat Esq.
In movies and gta. Not irl. They're designed not to. Obviously its possible but one would need to go to some lengths.

Actually, they often explode mid-air. It's a design flaw that car manufacturers have been trying to play down, but luckily Hollywood has an untiring campaign to let us know the truth.

Mr. Purple Cat Esq.
But its a trivial matter to protect oneself, by walking away slowly while wearing sunglasses. Remember not to look at the explosion!

Maggot Brain
oh, thank god. I thought it said said "cat."

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