MUST SEE VIDEO: My Actual Car Accident LIVE On My Timetec Roadhawk Dashcam UPDATED: Timetec Roadhawk Dashcam Back in Stock for $200

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UPDATE 5/6: The Timetec Roadhawk Dashcam is back in stock on Amazon for $199.99. The discount appears once it’s in your cart.

UPDATE 4/11: We’ve just received a copy of the Police Report, and the Border Patrol employees lied about what happened. Click this link to see the Police Report.

Just a few days ago, I installed a Timetec Roadhawk Dashcam in my car, and wrote about it here. My main reason for doing this was to protect and defend myself in court in case I get pulled over for a traffic stop. My dash cam is like a black box for my car, always on and always recording.

What I didn’t realize at the time was that, in case of an accident, having clear proof of what happened can be crucial! At this point, a video of what happened to me yesterday will be far better than any words I can offer explaining it, so just check it out here:

As you can plainly see, I was driving along at a normal pace minding my own business when out of nowhere, a van from the US Border patrol (my luck!) makes a left turn right in front of me, and then BAM!

It is without a doubt a miracle that no one, not myself nor the half dozen people in the van were seriously hurt, especially considering that I knocked the van over on its side!

A few minutes later, as I was on the phone with 911, the driver of the van, a big burly guy in plainclothes, came running over to me with his US Border patrol badge exposed, screaming “Didn’t you see the light? Did you not see the light?”

When the (real) cops came, the driver further accused me of going through a red light and causing the accident. All the passengers in the Border Patrol van repeated the same line: that I went through a red light.

I remained silent the whole time; I was dazed and confused after being knocked around, and I had just been pounded by a few airbags that went off in my car.

Quite frankly, I couldn’t understand what had happened because it all happened so fast! The video was embedded in a 32 GB SD card in my Dashcam, and I had no way of reviewing the video until I got home. Furthermore, until I reviewed the video to see what had happened, I did not necessarily want to tell anyone at the scene that I had a video of the accident.

After I got home, I uploaded the video, and lo and behold: The light was green! After reviewing the video a few times, I realized exactly what had happened. The US border van had white and blue lights flashing on top of the van, causing the 2 cars in the left and center lanes to stop and let the van make a left turn (which was an illegal left, as you can see in the video). I was in the right lane, so I did not see the flashing lights, because from the driver’s seat, the Border Patrol van was blocked by the other 2 cars. Furthermore, red flashing lights might have caught my attention, but faint white and blue lights in bright sunlight did not give me any indication of an emergency vehicle approaching. Not that the van had any excuse for ramming into me. I spoke to an accident attorney today, and he told me that, even in the event of an emergency, an emergency vehicle must take care and caution while driving, especially when they are doing something improper such as cutting into ongoing traffic. And anyway, what could have been the border patrol emergency? Were Canadians invading JFK?

Furthermore, I really resented the fact that on an NYC street, the US Border patrol made such a show of force and acted like they had any juridsdiction. It was very unsettling to be surrounded by a dozen people in badges badgering and harassing me that the accident was my fault, especially when I was completely dazed by what had happened.

My Dashcam actually has an extremely wide field of vision, and while watching the video, you, the viewer, are paying close attention. But at the time it happened to me, it was in a second or less, and I really did not and could not recall exactly what had happened. It was all a giant blur.

If not for my Dashcam, I would have been made to feel guilty for causing this accident, and my insurance would have found me at fault. With this video, it is clear as day (it was a clear day, no pun intended) that I was just driving along with the flow of traffic, and the van made an absolutely illegal turn!

I am very grateful to the One Above Us All that I walked away from this accident without so much as a scratch. Ever since my father died when I was a 16 years old, I always felt that his hand was on my shoulder protecting me in difficult times. Yesterday was no different.

I believe that it was extremely providential and fortunate that I had installed my Dashcam just a few days before my accident. This post is really not designed as a plug for the camera, but I would highly advise anyone reading this to purchase one of them here. As I wrote in my last post, it actually is discounted from $299 to $199 once you add it to your cart. It truly saved me in this story, as I would have had no proof without it, and would be one man going up against several government employee witnesses.

In the coming days it will be interesting to see how this all plays out, so stay tuned, and I hope to update you all in the days to come.

  • Zach

    Holy cow. That is crazy!! Glad everyone is ok.

    • tedoworld

      Thank You

      • Joey

        Honig, God bless your soul!!!
        It’s time that these so called “emergency” vehicles be stopped.I hope you win a major lawsuit against this bully.NYPD is no better

        • tedoworld

          Thank You. I will bet that legally they had no right whatsoever to have their emergency lights on. Whats the emergency? Canadians are taking over JFK??? They only have authority in the International Bldg, and not even on the roads of JFK

  • Charles

    WOW. Ted, hope your okay! This is incredible

    • tedoworld

      Thnks! not a scratch on anyone! A Real Miracle!!!!!!

  • yuneeq

    Crazy video and amazing timing. Glad to hear you’re safe.

    Is there anything special about your dash can over much cheaper models?

    • http://www.dealspin.com/ Steve

      It’s one of the highest-rated on the market, and this is not something to go cheap on. The $199 price is very good, all things considered. The quality of the video and the fact that it had no damage at all after the accident really are all you need to know about how good of a product it is.

      • michael92064

        One good feature is the g sensor that keeps the camera going when the vehicle power is off after an impact. Not all dash cams have that feature.

    • tedoworld

      I did research and I liked this one…the proof is in the video!!!

    • tedoworld

      i like it for obvious reasons: it did the trick!!

  • http://www.carcamcentral.com/ Andrew Lam

    Hey Ted, would you mind if I reposted this on my website? I blog and review dash cameras and stories like yours is one reason why I started my site in the first place. Glad you are okay and I’m looking forward to seeing how things turn out.

    • tedoworld

      Absolutely! please do, and I will update everyone on any developments!!!

      • danny

        coming up as 299 on amazon…even in cart and checkout page

        • danny

          scratch that,,, refreshed page and it went down to 199. thanx

      • pablo

        Hey, what ended happening with this?

  • Rosanna Lockwood

    Hi Ted, great video and I’m glad you’re ok! I have sent you a message via Facebook and YouTube inbox (https://www.youtube.com/my_messages) about media interest in this video. I hope to hear back from you soon! Best wishes, Rosanna – Newsflare

  • Jan Kline

    Just viewed your video, glad your okay. Will be looking forward to updates on this. Take care.

    • tedoworld

      Thanks!!!

  • Dave Brock

    Glad you are safe and you were obviously not at fault, but it occurs to me that maybe you should’ve become cautious when the traffic to your left stopped, especially when, as you yourself stated, you were blocked by the cars on the left. Anytime I am passing cars on my left, I slow down a bit and make sure there isn’t some unseen impediment. Just food for thought as the defensive driver I am. They’re behavior was totally unacceptable in this instance. Just another instance of the importance of dashcams to help prove your case. Good luck.

    • usmarinesjz

      I think that’s easy to think of after the fact (and I’m sure tedoworld will now that this happened) but I’ll be honest I would have been doing exactly what he did. Even watching it here it took me a second to realize the accident happened, and I was expecting it. If I was driving, i could imagine it happening to me exactly the way the video showed. And he clearly had the green so no reason to think he couldn’t go through.

      • tedoworld

        EXACTLY, furthermore, Although the van is visible for 2 seconds on camera, in real life I only was aware of the van for LESS THAN A SECOND! it was impossible to react.

        • usmarinesjz

          You should check out this link. It may help to explain your situation when you are in court. I quoted some relevant excerpts elsewhere in the comments. http://www.visualexpert.com/Resources/reactiontime.html

        • HwyChris

          Maybe that is why like EBRYONE is saying…YOU SHOULD HAVE SLOWED DOWN…..and once a good lawyer goes back to that scene and hires an accident investigater, who will measure DISTANCE, SPEED, and checking that against the time on the ViDEO…they will be able to tell you EXACTY how fast you were going and see if you were SPEEDING….why don’t you post the video 2 min prior to the Accident….I can gurantee you I can pick apart everything you did wrong

          • Ambulance Driver

            Don’t need the 2 minutes prior. Look at the video again and you’ll see he was travelling at the same speed as the cars ahead and to the left of him for the first 5 seconds. Those cars only hit the brakes at :06 second mark. Van first comes into view at :08 and before :09 becomes :10, he hits.

            This Monday Morning quarterbacking against Ted is disgusting. The cars were NOT stopped just yet. Were slowing down to a stop. 1.5 seconds is nothing. There is nobody on this entire page who would have had a different outcome if they were driving in Ted’s place. I say this as an EMT/Ambulance Driver, it was the van driver’s obligation to ensure the way was clear EVEN WITH FLASHING LIGHTS, before entering the intersection. Any Judge will see this as being the case and dismiss any possible charges against Ted. Mark my words.

          • offskooring

            cops always come to bat for each other…wouldn’t be surprised on bit if hwychris is a cop

          • tedoworld

            Thank You.. Most importantly, my insurance company agrees with you that I am 100% right. thats all that counts

          • http://www.thegantry.net/blog Casey

            AD, I’ve seen first responders, police, and even fire trucks come nearly to a complete stop in an apparently empty intersection just to make sure. And that’s livilng in a city where the traffic lights are changed to give right of way to emergency vehicles. Great way to be careful! :)

    • usmarinesjz

      Plus while watching it again, you can see that they are coming to a stop, as traffic is moving. He had no reason to think anything of it. It could have just been a driver decideing to change lanes or something. And with the obstructed view, there was nothing that he could see that would make them think they were slowing down for anything.

    • tedoworld

      From the time that the van was visible until impact was about a second. It was impossible to react

      • Mike

        I’m terrified to be on the road with you.

        • usmarinesjz

          Why? I don’t think you understand how human reaction works. http://www.visualexpert.com/Resources/reactiontime.html

          Key excerpt:
          Surprise: the drive encounters a very unusual circumstance, such as a pedestrian or another car crossing the road in the near distance. There is extra time needed to interpret the event and to decide upon response. Reaction time depends to some extent on the distance to the obstacle and whether it is approaching from the side and is first seen in peripheral vision. The best estimate is 1.5 seconds for side incursions and perhaps a few tenths of a second faster for straight-ahead obstacles. Perception time is 1.2 seconds while movement time lengthens to 0.3 second.

        • usmarinesjz

          And to further the point.

          The increased reaction time is due to several factors, including the need to interpret the novel situation and possibly to decide whether there is time to brake or whether steering is a better response. Moreover, drivers encountering another vehicle or pedestrian that violates traffic regulations tend to hesitate, expecting the vehicle/pedestrian to eventually halt. Lastly, there can be response conflict that lengthens reaction time. For example, if a driver’s only possible response requires steering into an oncoming traffic lane (to the left) there may be a hesitation.

          • tedoworld

            Thank You. As you so eloquently put it, I had no time whatsoever to react. Its not like the light was changing, so I had no reason to expect anything other than a clear road in front of me.

          • usmarinesjz

            I wish I could take credit for the eloquence. But it’s taken off of the site that I pointed you too, who was summarizing a study called ‘How Long Does It Take To Stop?’ Methodological Analysis of Driver Perception-Brake Times” Transportation Human Factors, 2, pp 195-216, 2000.

          • Even Steven

            I don’t blame you for the accident, but quite honestly, I think you could sharpen your defensive driving skills.

        • Jazz

          youre an idiot Mike. you act like you or someone you know has never been in an accident. just be happy everyone is okay and stop nit picking. good lord. Mr. perfect.

          • tedoworld

            Thank You. I think mike is probably either the driver of the van or a friend or one of the passengers. I think its high time that law enforcement employees know and respect their boundaries and obey the law. When they are outside the purview of their job, they are regular citizens and nothing more.

          • peck2

            You are wrong here, Ted. “They” are NOT regular citizens. In the rest, of course, you are truthful and accurate.

    • physics2010

      The very first time I watched it I immediately began to question why the cars in the next lane over were stopping. Shooting by stopped traffic while going the speed limit is a danger in itself. With that said the border patrol apparently didn’t have a siren and it’ll be very interesting to hear their story of what they were rushing to that required them to crash an intersection.

      • tedoworld

        They were going to work as per the police report

        • Mark Burelle

          They had to break the traffic laws to get to work! The driver made an illegal left turn. Instead of checking if you were ok they descended on you trying to establish blame (on you). All the occupants of the van lied by saying the light was red. They are all representing authority and they all lied!

    • tionico

      I learned this lesson some years ago after a VERY close call.. I BARELY was able to avoid killing a pedestrian who darted out past a stopped car on my left… and right into my path. I “smelled” something not quite right, and traffic ahead was slowing some for a signal down the road…. but I came within inches of tagging that walker. THAT lesson hit home… and now I DO watch for cars slowing or stopping in lanes to my left. Most will do so for a reason. Best know what that reason is. Close calls can be good teachers.. IF the one having them is astute.

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  • Mike

    I really hate to play Devils advocate here… but you are in fact in the wrong.

    1.) You sped up in your lane when everyone around you slowed down. Now a safe driver sees the surrounding cars slow down so what does he do? Slow down.

    2.) The Boarder Patrol was making his turn with the emergency lights on (above the car). This is why all the cars around you slowed down.

    I understand your frustration with the boarder patrol claiming it was a red light, What he should have said was. “Did you not see my emergency lights?”

    • http://www.dealspin.com/ Steve

      If you read the post, you’ll see that Ted wrote he couldn’t see the emergency lights. Remember, this was happening to him in real time, whereas you’re watching it on video waiting for the crash. Also, the Border Patrol agents were turning left from a No Turn Lane. Please show some sensitivity here. Ted did everything he could; he obviously did not want to crash.

      • Mike

        Steve, He was speeding. He was not driving defensively.

        • http://www.dealspin.com/ Steve

          He was driving the speed limit, almost to the number. It only appears as though he was speeding because the cars around him slowed down. Why would you say that he was speeding?

          • Mike

            A defensive driver slows down when the cars around you slow down. Since he remained driving the speed limit it appeared he sped up when everyone slowed down.

            My argument is, he should have been aware of his surroundings and not only the fact the light was Green.

          • http://www.dealspin.com/ Steve

            This happened in the blink of an eye. The BP van was in the wrong on multiple levels. If you choose to feel otherwise, that is your prerogative, of course, but try to put yourself in his position.

          • Mike

            Life is in the blink of an eye… What we do in every blink determines every outcome.

          • http://www.thegantry.net/blog Casey

            Oh. Good. You work in a chinese fortune cookie factory. :-/

          • Mike

            My issue here is that this is why we have accidents, people point the finger “I had the right of way!”. We all need to hold ourselves accountable for every action we take on the road. Blindly following traffic laws is not enough and do cause accidents. We must be aware of our surrounds on the road to avoid incidents like this. It could have been avoided.

          • Austin Mabry

            No, the problem is that you’re blaming the victim for not being able to totally absorb the shortcomings of the government driver.

            It is 100% the other driver’s fault. He was unable to pick up the other drivers’ slack, but that doesn’t mean he was in the wrong. It’s the guy who broke multiple traffic laws who is at fault. Regardless of what writing and/or lights his van had on it.

            Take your boot-licking elsewhere…

          • Hawk Winters

            I would never have BEEN in his position. Like most drivers, I would have slowed down when the rest of traffic was slowing down.
            To answer your other question about what the BP could possibly be doing there: NYC is a major port of entry. There is plenty for the BP to be doing.
            The BP van was in the wrong on some levels, the agent was wrong to throw his weight around the way he is purported to have done.
            Ted was in the wrong because he failed to slow down to question why EVERYONE else was slowing down. He had tunnel vision on the end of his trip and saw a green light, so kept going in defiance of the vehicles around him.
            I’m not saying he was to blame entirely, but this is a 50/50 crash. Hopefully this will make both drivers wake up and be more aware when they are on the road. Next time it could be a motorcycle cop who gets killed…

          • Austin Mabry

            Armchair quarterbacks abound…

      • Ally

        i understand his and your defense here, but the sirens are on to show cars around them to stop and watch. emergency lights are to show you they are over riding typical traffic rules. its a government owned vehicle, they can do that they’re allowed to.

        • http://www.dealspin.com/ Steve

          He could not see those lights, as has been repeatedly been stated. Besides, what possible explanation could there have been for Border Patrol officers to be flashing emergency lights on a New York City street?

          • Ally

            Steve, since when have you ever known what an officer around you is doing? Never. Tell me why in only this scenario why it bothers you that you dont know? Guess what, its really none of your business what the officer was doing. The officer did the RIGHT thing by turning on his lights to advise everybody about his turn. The driver in this video was clearly speeding, had he been driving the speed limit he would have had plenty of time to ponder on why other vehicles in the lanes next to him were at a halt. Due to him speeding, everything happened in a blink of en eye. Your ending sentence is mind boggling. “what possible explanation could there have been for Border Patrol officers to be flashing emergency lights on a New York City street” dude, are you kidding me? 1. Like I said his job and what he does does not concern you AT ALL. 2. His lights were flashing to WARN DRIVERS AROUND HIM TO SLOW DOWN AND COME TO A STOP. 3. FLASHING LIGHTS FOR EVERY POLICE VEHICLE IS TO SHOW CITIZENS TO BE ALERT AND AWARE, IT MEANS THAT THEY ARE OVER RULING THE RULES OF THE ROAD BECAUSE THEY HAVE SOME WHERE TO BE INVOLVING THEIR JOB. 4. Quit being a moron and let the conversation end, your defense’s are really easy to break down and explain they are wrong. Have you read my previous comment or read this comment with an open mind and not so closed minded like you are, you would be able to see and understand what FLASHING LIGHTS ON ANY VEHICLE MEAN. Are you telling me that if you were walking by and a patrol van that had flashing lights on you’d ignore it and walk across the street happy go lucky thinking “hey, this guy wont hit me, he has to abide by the rules of the road. those lights dont mean anything. pshh. only cop car lights mean something” guess what, he is a cop. he’s an officer.

          • Ambulance Driver

            I said it before & I’ll clarify it a bit further: Despite your ALL CAPS in 3., Flashing lights do NOT absolve you from disregarding the rules of the road.The law states that emergency vehicle operators may break those rules when driving with “due regard” to other vehicles on the road. Which means if other vehicles prevent you from breaking those rules, you need to follow the same rules of the road as everyone else. Emergency Lights & sirens are not a free pass to break those rules any way you see fit. Only to break those rules when safe to do so. It was unsafe for this van to do so with a car still coming. The proper way for him to proceed would have been for him to inch forward perpendicular to the lanes of traffic already stopping for him, then see if next lane of traffic is clear before hitting the gas to finish the turn. Either he didn’t even look or he did look & “assumed” Ted saw him and was slowing down. Either way, by not confirming Ted was slowing down puts him in the wrong.

            Furthermore, use of lights & sirens to break traffic rules are supposed to be only used when “life or limb” is at stake. I cannot imagine what legitimate “life or limb” use a Border Patrol van w/ 5 passengers on board had to justify the use of those lights. If found to be unjustified, van driver “may” be in even bigger trouble.

          • michael92064

            I think we may get an education about flashing lights. Snow blowers use yellow. Road crews use yellow. Police cars parked at a scene keep their lights flashing. Fire trucks parked at a scene keep their lights flashing. I have never seen white and blue flash.

          • Dave

            You sound like one of the many over confident cops!
            You say he was speeding?? Have you ever watched a dash cam video of your own (non speeding) driving? It all looks fast in video.

        • Austin Mabry

          Actually, they’re not. The only time they’re allowed to disregard turn restrictions is if they’re in pursuit of a suspect, or otherwise responding to an emergency. And even when they DO have authorization to do that, they are still responsible to make sure the intersection is clear and safe before entering it. Also, his blue lights carried absolutely ZERO force of law in giving him priority in traffic.

          And not to belabor the point, but the use of those lights is also completely inappropriate in this setting. He was on his way to work, and didn’t want to wait for the light, or observe the turn restrictions, and decided that his little blue light bar would put him above the traffic laws.

          Van driver was in the wrong. 100%. Full stop.

      • michael92064

        Cars in the left land could have been slowing down to turn left.

    • Mike

      Oh also, to flip that fan over with your Lexus… how fast were you going?

      • Ambulance Driver

        Not addressing point 1. However, in regard to point 2, emergency lights do NOT give a vehicle automatic right of way. Any “Emergency” vehicle i.e. Police, Fire, Ambulance (which this was NOT) must drive with “due regard” to other vehicles. That means, coming to a complete stop at an intersection & ensuring all drivers see you and have stopped, before proceeding through the intersection. Any driver of a police car, fire truck or ambulance who blows a red light without stopping, EVEN WITH lights & sirens going, would be found at fault in the event of a collision. As a side note, I would love to hear what type of “Emergency” this van was heading to.

        As for causing the van to flip; Speed has nothing to do with it. With such a high center of gravity, those vans are notorious for tipping even at relatively slow speeds when hit from the side. A Corolla would have tipped it too.

        • ally

          Everyone is at a fault here, the officer and the driver. What you need to see is that you are contradicting yourself. 1. I understand that the emergency light vehicle must observe the road before further proceeding BUT with that said – how come the driver in this video is not being brought up with this response? Had the driver seen the cars in the lanes to his left be at a halt, had he slowed down to at least take a peek on why, this could possibly had been avoided. “coming to a complete stop at an intersection & ensuring all drivers see you and have stopped, before proceeding through the intersection.” do you not see the 2 lanes of cars that did stop? the officer maybe had thought he was in the clear because of that judgement. maybe the officer assumed that the driver in this video would be like any regular rubber necker and stop to wonder why people are at a stand still at a green light. Anyway- like I said in the beginning both are at fault here. Not only 1 person.

          • Ambulance Driver

            At first glance, those cars stopped seemed to be in a left turn lane. You only pay additional attention to it in the video because you know what’s coming.

            You wrote “maybe the officer assumed……”. Right there is the problem. An emergency vehicle operator is trained not to “assume” ANYTHING. In training, we are taught to account for every single lane of traffic you intend to pass through & try to make eye contact with the driver. That clearly was not done here by the van operator, or he would not have proceeded with the turn until it was clear. Additionally, sitting higher up, he had a better chance seeing the oncoming car than the car did of him. Car absolutely had the right of way and there is no doubt who was at fault here.

            Van driver did not follow training. Drove with disregard vs. due regard. Was more than likely heading to some BS task with zero justification for the use of lights & the illegal turn to begin with.

          • tedoworld

            THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. I love how everyone is micro analyzing every detail of something that I had less than a second to react to! Lets see how all those naysayers would do in the same situation

          • michael92064

            I would not assume he had any training.

          • asus3000

            Sorry, you’re wrong. The border patrol van driver is “AT FAULT”, which is a legal term, and nobody including you has denied. There is absolutely no ambiguity in the usage of the term. The dashcam man **might have been** “NEGLIGENT”, that’s also a legal term, but it is absolutely clear that he is not at fault.

          • Austin Mabry

            Have you ever heard of a left turn lane? Do you automatically come to a stop at every intersection where people are stopped to turn? He had no way of knowing that they weren’t stopping to turn, and no reason to give it a second thought.

            Like I said, this thread is FULL of armchair quarterbacks.

            It’s not his job to pick up all of the slack for the government driver who broke multiple traffic laws. Government driver is 100% at fault.

            But that’s not even what’s at issue here. What’s at issue is the fact that he lied and falsified a police report in order to avoid his responsibility, and would have gotten away with it, had the driver not had video evidence that clearly contradicted the fed and his buddys’ fictional account.

        • HwyChris

          Just as the driver couldn’t see the van or flashing lights from his position….is it not safe to say the Border Patrol van couldnt see this motorist and thinking it was safe to proceed…did so???

          • mdak06

            It is the van driver’s responsibility to ensure that traffic is stopped in ALL of the lanes before he proceeds through the intersection. As Ambulance Driver mentioned, emergency vehicles MUST drive with due regard for everyone else on the road.

            The van driver apparently saw that traffic was stopped in the two left lanes (eastbound) and then proceeded through without verifying that traffic was stopped in the third lane. It is legally the van driver’s fault. It was his responsibility to make sure that traffic was actually stopped in all lanes, and he failed to do so.

          • michael92064

            Regardless of all else, the van driver never had the legal authority even in the middle of the night with no traffic for miles around to make the left turn.

          • Austin Mabry

            No, because the driver of the van KNEW he was running a red light and disregarding turn restrictions. Therefore the default mode for THAT driver is “Unsafe to proceed unless determined otherwise.”

            You don’t just ASSUME it’s safe to break multiple traffic laws, including running red lights.

    • HwyChris

      ^^^^^^^^DING DING DING…WINNER WINNER^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Why does everyone think the Border Patrol agent was in the wrong……doesn’t matter if you can’t see…common sense would dictate to slow down when approaching an intersection in which other vehicles in adjacent lanes are slowing down….If the other guys lawyer gets a hold of this tape you are done…plain and simple…a monkey could argue and win this case in court…hope you have good insurance

      • kylejack

        You don’t know what you’re talking about, HwyChris. Ted isn’t going to be convicted of a statute that doesn’t exist. The vehicle had blue lights, and therefore isn’t protected by statute.

        S 1144. Operation of vehicles on approach of authorized emergency
        vehicles. (a) Upon the immediate approach of an authorized emergency
        vehicle equipped with at least one lighted lamp exhibiting red light
        visible under normal atmospheric conditions from a distance of five
        hundred feet to the front of such vehicle other than a police vehicle or
        bicycle when operated as an authorized emergency vehicle, and when
        audible signals are sounded from any said vehicle by siren, exhaust
        whistle, bell, air-horn or electronic equivalent; the driver of every
        other vehicle shall yield the right of way and shall immediately drive
        to a position parallel to, and as close as possible to the right-hand
        edge or curb of the roadway, or to either edge of a one-way roadway
        three or more lanes in width, clear of any intersection, and shall stop
        and remain in such position until the authorized emergency vehicle has
        passed, unless otherwise directed by a police officer.
        (b) This section shall not operate to relieve the driver of an
        authorized emergency vehicle from the duty to drive with reasonable care
        for all persons using the highway.

    • Caption Oblivious

      why did he lie about the color of the traffic light?

      • tedoworld

        because it gets him out of trouble

        • Caption Oblivious

          nope sorry the answer we are looking for is—He believes as a member of the federal family he believes he is above the law.

    • Rickforfree

      So, why did the van driver say that Ted ran the light. The van driver was admitting that he (the van driver) thought the light was red. In that case it doesn’t matter how fast any one was going. The van driver was saying that he (the van driver) was coming across no matter what. He was just turning and thought the light was red.

    • Lazlo

      Blue and white flashers are not “emergency lights” in NY state. To legally ignore the no-left-turn signage the van would have had to be running red lights and a siren.

    • kylejack

      Yet another person who didn’t read the statute but deems themselves fit to educate us on the law. Ted had no obligation to yield to an emergency vehicle with flashing blue lights.

      S 1144. Operation of vehicles on approach of authorized emergency
      vehicles. (a) Upon the immediate approach of an authorized emergency
      vehicle equipped with at least one lighted lamp exhibiting red light
      visible under normal atmospheric conditions from a distance of five
      hundred feet to the front of such vehicle other than a police vehicle or
      bicycle when operated as an authorized emergency vehicle, and when
      audible signals are sounded from any said vehicle by siren, exhaust
      whistle, bell, air-horn or electronic equivalent; the driver of every
      other vehicle shall yield the right of way and shall immediately drive
      to a position parallel to, and as close as possible to the right-hand
      edge or curb of the roadway, or to either edge of a one-way roadway
      three or more lanes in width, clear of any intersection, and shall stop
      and remain in such position until the authorized emergency vehicle has
      passed, unless otherwise directed by a police officer.
      (b) This section shall not operate to relieve the driver of an
      authorized emergency vehicle from the duty to drive with reasonable care
      for all persons using the highway.

    • Mozart

      Watch the video WITHOUT your blinkers on this time…

  • HwyChris

    Once again…looking at the video…at the 3-4 second mark…you see the Border Patrol Van in the left lane in the opposite direction CLEARLY with his lights on…..the accident happened at 9 seconds…giving you 5 WHOLE SECONDS to slow down…your fault buddy

    • tedoworld

      WRONG. in actuality it was 2 seconds, and I only saw them for half a second. Lets see how you react in this situation buddy!

    • Zach

      Also what you’re missing is the fact that the dashcam has a very wide field of vision, and is situated on the right side of the car, so the dashcam actually saw the van before the driver did.

    • kylejack

      Ted had no obligation to yield to a vehicle with flashing blue lights. Read the statute, buddy.

      S 1144. Operation of vehicles on approach of authorized emergency
      vehicles. (a) Upon the immediate approach of an authorized emergency
      vehicle equipped with at least one lighted lamp exhibiting red light
      visible under normal atmospheric conditions from a distance of five
      hundred feet to the front of such vehicle other than a police vehicle or
      bicycle when operated as an authorized emergency vehicle, and when
      audible signals are sounded from any said vehicle by siren, exhaust
      whistle, bell, air-horn or electronic equivalent; the driver of every
      other vehicle shall yield the right of way and shall immediately drive
      to a position parallel to, and as close as possible to the right-hand
      edge or curb of the roadway, or to either edge of a one-way roadway
      three or more lanes in width, clear of any intersection, and shall stop
      and remain in such position until the authorized emergency vehicle has
      passed, unless otherwise directed by a police officer.
      (b) This section shall not operate to relieve the driver of an
      authorized emergency vehicle from the duty to drive with reasonable care
      for all persons using the highway.

  • Jonathan

    Great ad for Lexus. Hope your okay Ted

    • tedoworld

      Thank You

    • rafter man

      I bet the driver of the car was too busy updating his facebook status or fixing his greasy hair.

  • Rickforfree

    So, why didn’t the van driver say “didn’t you see my emergency lights”? Why did he say “didn’t you see the light”? He was admitting that he was relying on the car driver to stop for the red light, not his emergency lights. It’s obvious, he was only concerned about the traffic light.

  • themindseye

    Firefighters really seemed impressed with your Lexus engine

  • Rickforfree

    If I was in an accident the first thing I would say to the other driver is “are you ok, do you need medical attention”? What kind of person needs to assign blame and not show any concern for the other drivers well being? It might even be a legal issue. Some states require that you give aid.

    • John Calhoun

      I know in Arizona, if you have even just your CNA you have to stop at the scene of an accident and preform life saving techniques, such as CPR. But im not sure about any other state.

    • tedoworld

      The other driver was nasty and belligerent, even off the camera and accused me of going through a red light many times

  • asus3000

    Reposted on Bad C.O.P.S.: https://plus.google.com/communities/111021404587191469474
    Good luck Ted. Glad you busted them!

  • Film The Police Always

    Sue those scum and file formal complaints. You must file a formal complaint for their blatant lies. Your back and neck MUST BE KILLING YOU!

  • Arnaldo Arroyo

    Please remove the whole Border Patrol thing or at least correct it. That was a Customs and Border Protection Field Operations van not Border Patrol. Know the difference before you try to bash on the wrong Agency. Yes, the van was at fault, but facts are facts, and they are NOT Border Patrol.

    • John Calhoun

      You mad bro? All of our government is corrupt, no matter what agency it is. Border patrol or not, a public servant was caught in the wrong, and nothing has been done to correct said actions of “law enforcement”. Why do you think this was even uploaded? Fuck the united states government. It needs to burn.

    • Fed Up

      Who cares? They’re all gubamint stooges.

  • Kurt Wullenweber

    Being an ex-open wheel racer, I have learned to look for very subtle changes. tedoworld DID brake and turn to begin avoidance, VERY quickly. The nose of his car dropped (signifying braking action) and he began turning to the right very quickly after the van became visible. Good job, tedo! I’ll drive with you, any time.

    • tedoworld

      THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU……all the Monday morning qaurterbacks giving me stupid advice, yours was only the real comment accurately describing the situation as it happened. thanks again.

  • Tim

    The van driver should have inched out to see if any vehicle was approaching from the middle lane or right lanes.it was probably perfect positioning of ted’s car that the van driver could not see beyond the car that was stopped in the left lane.

  • roger gibson

    I’m wondering. Did the van also have a green light? If so it’s his responsibility to yield to oncoming traffic-unless he had a green arrow light. In which case the dashcam driver would’ve had a red light anyway.
    How fast was the dashcam car going?
    Looked as if he speeded up as he approached the light.
    Either way the van driver loses here.

    • Fed Up

      You need to watch the whole video. They show the intersection from the van’s direction of travel. It’s marked as an illegal turn.

      • tedoworld

        EXACTLY! the broke the law on so many levels!!!

        • Payattention

          Vehicles displaying emergency lights and siren can break traffic laws as long as they’re showing due regard for other drivers safety. The fact that other drivers had stopped and he continued into the intersection at a safe speed shows he was exercising due regard. You decided to pass the other cars who were stopped and entered the intersection.

          You are at fault.

          • DarkGemini

            Actually, you’re incorrect. The CBP van made an illegal left, against the light, and while he may have had his lights on, there was no siren.

            Between the lack of a siren, and the fact that the CBP van did not have a clear view of all 4 lanes before he proceeded into the path of oncoming traffic, CBP showed an absolute lack of due regard for other drivers safety, and is unquestionably at fault.

          • Mozart

            Idiot – on so many levels…

    • tedoworld

      van driver is completely at fault as per my insurance company claims rep and his supervisors

  • Sneaky

    I am not very sympathetic to the driver on this one. The two cars in the lanes left of him are stopped. Any reasonably cautious driver is going to wonder why that might be and slow dramatically until he or she can see what is going on in front of them. I have run into this exact situation (not the border patrol van but cars stopped for no apparent reason) several times. Most of the time it was nothing and the other drivers were just slow getting going on a green. Other cases were not trivial, pedestrians crossing against the light, animals, etc..

    • Fed Up

      Wrong. It is the responsibility of the van who was making an illegal turn against the flow of traffic to ensure a clear intersection. Any LEO, fireman, EMT, etc that’s been through emergency driving training will tell you that. It doesn’t matter what other vehicles are doing or if the lights were flashing. The Border Patrol thug is at fault.

  • michael92064

    What do white and blue flashing lights indicate under New York law?

    • kylejack

      Absolutely nothing.

      S 1144. Operation of vehicles on approach of authorized emergency
      vehicles. (a) Upon the immediate approach of an authorized emergency
      vehicle equipped with at least one lighted lamp exhibiting red light
      visible under normal atmospheric conditions from a distance of five
      hundred feet to the front of such vehicle other than a police vehicle or
      bicycle when operated as an authorized emergency vehicle, and when
      audible signals are sounded from any said vehicle by siren, exhaust
      whistle, bell, air-horn or electronic equivalent; the driver of every
      other vehicle shall yield the right of way and shall immediately drive
      to a position parallel to, and as close as possible to the right-hand
      edge or curb of the roadway, or to either edge of a one-way roadway
      three or more lanes in width, clear of any intersection, and shall stop
      and remain in such position until the authorized emergency vehicle has
      passed, unless otherwise directed by a police officer.
      (b) This section shall not operate to relieve the driver of an
      authorized emergency vehicle from the duty to drive with reasonable care
      for all persons using the highway.

    • tedoworld

      NOTHING, NADA, ZILCH. Only Red means emergency vehicles. Thats why construction vehicles and the like have NON-RED flashing lights

      • Cirlejerkbreakup

        You can continue with your circlejerk but those are flashing red and blue lights.

        • kylejack

          They are flashing blue lights only.

  • Informer

    The van you hit is not owned by the “US Border Patrol.” It’s a CBP van. Formerly known as the US Customs Service. Border Patrol guys wear green and work near the border. This is not them.

    • http://www.dealspin.com/ Steve

      What’s the difference between the two, exactly?

      • Infoman

        US Customs work the ports of entry. Their jurisdiction is the port of entry. Most are not federal agents, most are officers. US Border Patrol works in between the ports of entry. They are federal agents. Informer is correct, the van in the accident is US Customs(cbp) not border patrol.

  • Kevin

    Hey Ted, the officer didn’t say your light was red, he stated his emergency response lights “turret lights” were on, or to be exact “you didn’t see the lights” as can be heard even with the lower quality of your audio. Your video clearly shows that the turret lights were on and the siren becomes audible the moment your radio stops, add to that the other 3 lanes of traffic clearly yielding to his lights and sirens, and it shows you failed to yield to an emergency vehicle. In court it will be argued that the red light referred to is the one for the cross traffic and the officer at the scene misinterpreted what was said. I am sure that is what they will state in court, whether true or not. The courts can cite you for distracted driving (your music was too loud to hear emergency sirens and you failed to notice 3 out of 4 lanes stopping for an emergency vehicle) and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle. As for the no turn signs, an emergency vehicle en-route to a call is allowed to violate no turn restrictions along with most all traffic laws (speeding, going through red lights, etc) You are in a no win situation and your video proves the officer right and will hang you in court, you need to hide it before someone in law enforcement sees it and uses it against you in court. Just some friendly advice from someone who has tried to fight something similar (always remember, in traffic court, they never have to prove you are guilty, as they refuse to give presumed innocence even though it is required by law).

    • kylejack

      Hey Kevin, there was no legal requirement for him to yield to this vehicle. It has blue lights.

      S 1144. Operation of vehicles on approach of authorized emergency
      vehicles. (a) Upon the immediate approach of an authorized emergency
      vehicle equipped with at least one lighted lamp exhibiting red light
      visible under normal atmospheric conditions from a distance of five
      hundred feet to the front of such vehicle other than a police vehicle or
      bicycle when operated as an authorized emergency vehicle, and when
      audible signals are sounded from any said vehicle by siren, exhaust
      whistle, bell, air-horn or electronic equivalent; the driver of every
      other vehicle shall yield the right of way and shall immediately drive
      to a position parallel to, and as close as possible to the right-hand
      edge or curb of the roadway, or to either edge of a one-way roadway
      three or more lanes in width, clear of any intersection, and shall stop
      and remain in such position until the authorized emergency vehicle has
      passed, unless otherwise directed by a police officer.
      (b) This section shall not operate to relieve the driver of an
      authorized emergency vehicle from the duty to drive with reasonable care
      for all persons using the highway.

      As to being cited for the radio being too loud, apparently you are just making up bullshit or don’t know what you’re talking about. Cite the statute. I doubt you will since you were wrong about the other as well.

      • Kevin

        Well thanks for proving you are no lawyer, First, reread that statute
        you quoted and be certain to focus on the parts that read: “of
        authorized emergency vehicles” (see official NY State definition below)
        and “other then a police vehicle” which a BPC vehicle is in fact a
        police vehicle. Then remember, utilizing all of the statutes determines
        legality, not picking and choosing without regard to actual terms,
        definitions, and related laws to determine legality.

        NY
        Consolidated Laws, Section VAT, Title 1, Section 1, Article § 101.
        Authorized emergency vehicle. Every ambulance, police vehicle
        or bicycle, correction vehicle, fire vehicle, civil defense
        emergency
        vehicle, emergency ambulance service vehicle, blood delivery
        vehicle,
        county emergency medical services vehicle, environmental
        emergency
        response vehicle, sanitation patrol vehicle, hazardous
        materials
        emergency vehicle and ordnance disposal vehicle of the armed forces
        of
        the United States.

        As for distracted driving, Apparently NY
        does not include excessive volume, but that doesn’t mean it wont be used
        against him during a trial to determine fault in the collision.

        Next time, be sure you have a clue about what you spew from your mouth before you look stupid.

        • kylejack

          Only authorized emergency vehicles (of the types mentioned above) with a red flashing light are protected by this statute. Unless you’re saying he violated some other statute you are flat wrong.

          Thanks for admitting that you were talking out your ass about “The courts can cite you for distracted driving.”

          • Kevin

            Again, Reread it, it does not say only, it says “Operation of vehicles approach of authorized emergency vehicles.” and further states “authorized emergency vehicle equipped with at least one lighted lamp exhibiting red light visible under normal atmospheric conditions from a distance of five hundred feet to the front of such vehicle other than a police vehicle” which is where the police vehicles are left out of the requirement for a red light. You really need to learn to comprehend how words effect sentences. Please do both of us a favor and go to the actual New York State law listings and read through so you will possibly finally understand what you are talking about, as you are not getting what these laws state.

          • kylejack

            Kevin, get serious… is it your contention that the statute requires a driver to pull over any time they spot any emergency vehicle, regardless of whether the lights are going? Because if not, blue lights are meaningless. I expect your apology when charges are dropped or never filed against Ted.

            Another source: http://dmv.ny.gov/about-dmv/chapter-5-intersections-and-turns#emg-veh

            Note what it says about blue lights in the following section.

          • Kevin

            No, it is my contention that you have to yield to an emergency vehicle that has it lights flashing and siren on, (“other than a police vehicle or bicycle when operated as an authorized emergency vehicle, and when audible signals are sounded from any said vehicle by siren, exhaust whistle, bell, air-horn or electronic equivalent; the driver of every other vehicle shall yield the right of way”) as this emergency vehicle did, which is clearly evident in the video. And yes, I will apologize, if they are dropped, but will you do the same when they are not?

            And, one more time, since English seems to be difficult for you to comprehend, the STATE LAWS OF NEW YORK CLEARLY EXEMPT POLICE VEHICLES FROM THE REQUIREMENT FOR RED LIGHTS both in the statute for yielding where it says “other than a police vehicle” and in the state law definition of an “authorized emergency vehicle”. I realize that you went to law school and passed the bar exam and probably became a judge and know so much more about the law the what the state congress does and have the ability to deem state statutes null and void at will so I won’t try to tell you how to read them anymore. WE can sit back and wait for the rant when he has to pay the fines and his insurance has to pay for the damages.

          • CTT

            Except it is not an emergency vehicle.

            I can legally purchase blue and white flashing lights and a siren. Does that mean I can now stop traffic and break laws?

    • michael92064

      Consider the van is laying on it’s side a few feet in front of Ted. Ted’s radio is off and you barely hear a siren. There is no confirmation the Siren you hear is from the van. I will also add that I have a Lexus and I had to get use to how quiet it was when I first started driving it. Most of the time you can not tell if the engine is running.

      • Kevin

        Barely hear the siren, are you deaf, or did you have the volume down? The siren is as audible as his stereo was and his window is still up. Isn’t it odd that all other vehicles traveling in the 4 lanes along with him seemed to hear and see the lights and siren just fine? I have driven a Lexus, a GS 300, drove it for 3 weeks (Was a demo at the car lot where I worked, nice car though) had no trouble hearing sirens.

        • michael92064

          I imagine most of the cars slowed only because the cars directly in front of them slowed that were closer to the intersection. Some may have slowed to turn left. You may also note that the sound of the impact is not as great as you would anticipate.

    • Rickforfree

      There is no evidence that the car in the right lane was stopping. It looks to me like he changed into the right lane to possibly turn right at the intersection.

    • Rickforfree

      Wait a minute. Are you saying that as long as this van driver has on his lights and siren he can just drive into an intersection without making sure that someone isn’t going to run into him? Something doesn’t sound right about that. How can you say the van driver was right? It’s obvious to me that Ted couldn’t see the emergency lights until the last second.

    • Rickforfree

      Ted has confirmed, in a comment below that the van driver “was nasty and belligerent, even off the camera and accused me of going through a red light many times”. So that puts an end to the speculation that the van driver was referring to the emergency lights on the van when he said “didn’t you see the light”.

      The only logical reason a driver of an emergency vehicle would enter an intersection in such a careless and dangerous manner, as this driver did, is because they assumed the traffic light was red. Surely, a driver would not expect flashing turret lights to be strong enough to stop a car in 1.5 seconds.

      • tedoworld

        Thank You. First of all, flashing blue lights in NY are meaningless. Any CITIZEN or construction crew can put them on. also, they have no jusrisdiction.

  • michael92064

    The vehicles displaying blue, green, or amber lights are not authorized emergency vehicles. Their drivers must obey all traffic laws. While you are not required to yield the right-of-way, you should yield as a courtesy if you can do so safely. http://dmv.ny.gov/about-dmv/chapter-5-intersections-and-turns#emg-veh

    • kylejack

      Great post, Michael.

      • michael92064

        That might be why he said “light” meaning traffic light rather than “lights” his nearly useless blue and white lights.

        • tedoworld

          Correct again. only RED lights are construed as an emergency vehicle. This was just a transport vehicle

    • tedoworld

      Correct. Thank You

    • Gloria

      not quite true. for example in TN all police have blue lights only no red

      • michael92064

        This regarding NY law where the accident occurred. Please review link provided

  • Noel Parsons

    Ted, the Border Patrol officer was asking you, “Didn’t you see the lights?” meaning the flashing lights on the top of the van. I can plainly see them and you would have seen them, too, if your view of the van had not been blocked by traffic in your left lane, as you approached the intersection. At 0:08 on your video is when the BP van with flashing lights came into your view, but it wouldn’t have given you enough time to stop. There’s only a 1 second interval between your ability to see the BP van and the time of impact.

    Both of you were in a position to see one another from a distance at 0:05 on your video, but with the sun shining, it would have been difficult to notice the BP van’s flashing lights from that distance, with sunlight glancing off of every metal object in sight. The BP van driver could have and should have avoided the accident, since it’s common sense for someone planning to turn left to carefully observe oncoming traffic, including oncoming traffic at a distance, even when making an illegal left turn. A van sits up higher than a car, giving its driver a better view of oncoming traffic, too. You win. :)

    • tedoworld

      Well said! Thank You. Evidently, My insurance company agrees, and thats all that counts!!!

    • Listen

      The siren is also on. Listen closely.

      • Thomas

        Listen to Bee-Gees! Yeah!

  • Nix_Nightbird

  • American Patriot

    Don’t ever let the NAZIS lie and get away with it!
    They hate the light of day, as all cockroaches do, and the border patrol is NOT an ‘emergency vehicle’, no matter what, there are no border emergencies an ICE agent needs to arrive at in as short a time as possible. Those lights should be REMOVED and their use should only be for ‘on scene’ action, and criminal to use anywhere elsein the nation….PERIOD!

    • tedoworld

      YOU TOOK THE WORDS RIGHT OUT OF MY MOUTH!!!! There was no emergency, and even if there was, they are not first responders in NYC. They have no right both ethically and legally to be using their flashy lights

  • Mark Burelle

    So are we to believe that all 6 people in the van were paying attention to the light? How could all 6 people even see the light from inside the van? They all checked and all saw a red light? Glad you had a camera. I am getting 1 or more as soon a s I can afford it. Maybe insurance companies should give them free to their insured? It would save them money in the long run. It would shorten court trials and save them on out of court settlements.

    • tedoworld

      I cant say what they saw, but as you said, I doubt they all saw the light,

  • Mark Burelle

    That was really messed up that they attacked you instead of offering help. It kink of shows their mentality, morals, ethics. No matter who’s fault it is, my first concern, is everyone alright?

    • tedoworld

      Exactly. A bunch of thugs!!!

  • http://conwaythecontaminationist.blogspot.com/ Conway193

    Typical lying pig – those jackbooted thugs will say or do anything to cover their asses.

    • tedoworld

      Yup!!!

      • http://conwaythecontaminationist.blogspot.com/ Conway193

        Hey guy – how do you get a blog on this site?

  • GoatSheepDonkey

    The van is at fault, but I do not think it is accurate to say he rammed into you. You rammed into him, but it is still his fault because he was at a place he was not supposed to be.

    • tedoworld

      Thanks!

  • Jim Parnes

    LOL some bafoon at Subguns.com is whining it was the car drivers fault, the IDIOT is 10th Mountain. Say he wasn’t paying attention.
    Good thing you had the dash cam, cops always believe other lying cops. Hope you sue the lying toad.

  • boca_grande

    When you have an Attorney General and a POTUS ignoring the law it only stands to reason we will have Border Patrol agents doing the same. “America” a nation of laws???

  • Thomas

    Just like in Russia, now we must do the same in the US. Dash cam!

  • Thomas

    Crank it up, Bee-Gees!

    • tedoworld

      LOL. just happenned to be on the radio!!

  • Eric

    Wow, sorry this happened to you but glad you had this dash cam to tell the truth. Great video, I am buying this unit right now to protect me and my family for any such incidence where the other party lies about what REALLY happened.

  • Cow Bovine

    First, I am glad you both walked away from this. Once that concern is over, the next step is to determine a PERCENTAGE of responsibility – to which the insurance companies will handle. From this video, I feel the heavier percentage goes to the driver of the dash cam vehicle – We’ll call him Ed. Remember, you (Ed) had to wait to get home before you can assess the video, but given the moment, I noticed a few things leading up to the accident. First you are focused on the car in front of you that moves to the far right lane.

    There is no way you notice the “No right/left turn signs”, as you are focused on flooring the gas. I used five elements to determine that you accelerated at an amazing rate once the car in front of you moved to the right. I DID NOT use any of the cars to your left, as they were either at the current speed limit, or reducing speed because they DID see the emergency vehicle, who judged from its position change from beginning to end, supports that they were cautiously with their lights and everything blaring everyone to give him/her the right of way – don’t forget, these vehicles have sirens that everyone but you heard. You did not notice the lights of the oncoming vehicle, and therefore had no intention of following the rules of the road and any defensive driving tactics when approaching ANY and ALL intersections.

    Notice that at the beginning of your clip, the lights of the approaching vehicle are clearly flashing, but once you decided to speed, there was not a point after that to notice the vehicle.
    In our state, our insurance companies determine a percentage of responsibility and I am pretty sure your law breaking acceleration lead just as much – if not more – to the severity of the accident.

    Don’t get me wrong, I am so happy you are alive, ’cause my nephew lost his life to a hit and run person speeding down the street. I am glad the other person – I believe – is also a survivor. Vehicles can be fixed/replaced. Many people do not know how to see all elements of a dash cam. I’m just pointing out what some might miss. Please – and this is to everyone – please drive defensively and with respect to the road, law, people in your vehicle, people sharing the road with you and for God’s sake, yourself. :-)

    • amdaman

      His (your “Ed”) car insurer already found the van driver to be 100% culpable (that means the ENTIRE thing). So much for your moronic argument. I could tear it apart line by line, but you’re wrong in too many counts to even bother.

      • tedoworld

        Thanks for the support!! Base on the video, My insurance deemed van 100% at fault, AND THATS ALL THAT COUNTS!!!

    • kylejack

      Ted had right of way, CowBovine, a green light. Ted did not violate any law. The van made an illegal turn (turns are explicitly prohibited here by the sign) and was hit by a vehicle that had right-of-way. The lights on top of the van are meaningless. Only *red* flashing lights give a vehicle priority in New York.

  • amdaman

    Some idiots analyze the video as if life happens in slow motion. From the time the van becomes clearly visible, until the time of the impact, less than one second elapses. The same idiots will argue that the van was visible earlier, without considering the fact that he camera is not only placed higher than the driver, but also further ahead. There are bigger idiots who will argue that the car driver accelerated as he approached the intersection, but that’s just because they are too dumb to compare the care speed against the road, and not against the other vehicles who are slowing down to a stop. If it seems the car is accelerating at the time of impact, it’s because the car is being turned to the right, and that gives the illusion of acceleration, when the forward motion was in fact virtually halted by the impact). I don’t know the history of that intersection, but there’s usually two main reasons why turn restrictions (and stop signs) and put in place, and more often than not it’s to prevent accidents (either proactively or reactively). Last, but not least, it’s the responsibility of the emergency vehicle (which this van wasn’t) to make sure it’s safe to proceed at a traffic light (regardless of who has green) or a traffic stop sign.

    • tedoworld

      You said it like it is. I love the everyone is microanalyzing what happened in a split second. In the moment, I never knew what hit me. Thank you for the extended supportive comment!

  • Andrew Langer

    Well done, Ted. It’s harrowing video, and it’s yet another sad instance of someone abusing his position of power.

    • tedoworld

      Thanks for the support!! Base on the video, My insurance deemed van 100% at fault, AND THATS ALL THAT COUNTS!!!

  • anonymous guest

    Your all a bunch of ignorant fucks with selective hearing and tunnel vision! Maybe we all need to look at this ” video” again and pay attention to the details….that includes you Ted! Clearly EVERYONE is yielding for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection EMERGENCY response vehicle with the VISIBLE BLUE and RED LED lights and SIRENS blaring! But for some reason you, Ted, didnt feel the need to proceed to the intersection with caution and use common sense that maybe everyone else has stopped at this “green” light for a reason! Maybe it was because of your loud music, texting while driving, or the many other distractions you failed to disclose. Either way you never applied the brakes and plowed through them like they weren’t even there, hence a Lexus flipping a 10,000lbs+ Van. If you LISTEN to the video clearly you will hear the first thing out of the Officers mouth was “ARE YOU ALRIGHT”? Accidents happen but theres no need to blame the Officers who protect us daily!

    • Dustin

      Um… actually these red lights you claim to see clearly are not on that van, and thus this is not legally an emergency vehicle in New York and shouldn’t have been breaking traffic laws. Even if it had been a legitimate emergency vehicle on an emergency call, it did not clear that intersection safely.

      Furthermore, the car had virtually no time to react, but did react in the last few tenths of a second.

      Accusing the driver of texting while driving in order to deflect blame from an officer who appears to have lied is not doing the LEO community any good. Yes, accidents happen and are generally forgivable, but a breach of integrity is a different matter.

      • tedoworld

        Thanks Dustin. I learned a long time ago, “if a dog is barking, dont bark back”!
        Obvioiusly , this guy is a friend of the driver or passengers, or someone like that. My insurance deemed van 100% at fault, AND THATS ALL THAT COUNTS!!!

  • Jose P

    I just bought: ‘Car Black Box -Timetec Road Hawk 1080P HD Car Vehicle Road Traffic Accid… Based on all the Craziness by the Government, from experiences like this up to The Bundy’s and BLM issue in Nevada, I think I will feel more comfortable with a Dash Cam… Had seen them since Kim Komando recommended them but then rationalized, nah, I will never need one. However with Ted’s encounter with the lies being told by the Border Jerk, etc. and how it is us against the uneducated boobs in this Country… well this is testimony enough for all of us… Person using their employment status with Government agency to bully us taxpayers… Ted, I am glad you are okay. For the sake of our Government, we don’t need liars as employees. I hope that the other party is not only dismissed from the Agency, but also brought up on charges, the least of which, not includes insurance fraud… lieing to police officer, etc. Thank you for taking the time to share and let us know which dash cam, saved your bacon…

    • tedoworld

      Thanks for the great support. Good luck with the dashcam! Go get’em!!

  • michael92064

    A some point I would be interested to find out what was the emergency that the van thought important enough to violate traffic laws and cause an accident. I imagine since there were no injuries, the feds will role over and pay Ted’s insurance claim so as not not reveal details. The state usually makes some determination when damage is over certain amount.

  • Marko

    Any updates on the subjest?

  • john

    NOT a U.S. Border Patrol van. its CBP (port guys). Even less reason to have lights and sirens on :)

  • Bon

    Just to educate you a bit, this wasn’t Border Patrol that you crashed into. You can clearly see the blue decals on the van. That van is from Customs( the guys that work at the POE’s) completely different agency then Border Patrol