I witnessed a car accident this morning. I was zipping down the snowcaked highway at a hefty 25-30 miles per hour when the car in front of me began to fishtail. I slowed down as he wobbled back and forth on the highway three or so times before spinning clockwise into the right guard rail. The rail really beat up his car. There was certainly no physical harm to the driver, but the drivers side front and rear were pretty smashed.
What strikes me as odd is that the whole process was super slow. I have had my share of accidents and they always passed in slow motion. I assumed this was because my fearful brain, not unlike an overclocked hard drive, processed excessive amounts of information so time appeared to stall.
But the fact that this accident seemed slow even to me, a bystander who had time to casually check his rear view mirror and relax his foot onto the brake, makes me wonder if my experience of bullet time during accidents wasn’t actually anything unusual… and in fact, accidents just happen slower than we expect them to. Or maybe this guy’s accident just happened to be slow. eh. who knows.