In April, my mother got into our Nissan Frontier, which was parked at a supermarket parking lot and ended up in a collision with 2 parked vehicles! Her story of events were that the car would not start initially and then when it did and she pressed on the accelerator, it leapt forward and would not stop - she is adamant that she was pressing on the brakes so hard to try and stop the car but the only thing that did eventually stop it was when it hit another parked car, which in turn hit one more parked car! The Frontier was a write off, the airbag had inflated, but luckily there were no serious injuries. When my husband was speaking with the policeman, he said he reckoned she had mistaken the brake for the gas pedal but she swears that the vehicle went off so quickly and really it all happened so fast she can’t really recall but her foot was very bruised from apparently trying to press the brake pedal so hard. My question is, who is
likely to be more correct, the policeman or my mother? This has become a slight elephant in the room and you can imagine the jokes my husband now tells that his mother-in-law wrote his vehicle off, but at the same time I really want to know what the real reason for this accident could have been and whether it actually could have been a sudden acceleration incident or whether that is not possible when one first drives off from a parked position? My husband strongly feels that she left the car in gear and when she started the engine it would not start initially but then it jumped ahead and she didn’t have time to think about it. I know we may not be able to solve this little mystery but I would love to get some views and opinions on this or whether the car could have malfunctioned or whether it was human error? Not least to draw a line under the event and move on with things!
Many thanks, Allyson