A short lapse of concentration ended in disaster for this Hyundai Sonata driver.
Time and time again, we've seen expensive exotics be reduced to mangled wrecks thanks to a lethal combination of excessive speed and inexperience. But as this video shows, losing your concentration on the road for a split second can have disastrous consequences even at low speeds. In Philadelphia, the front passengers in several cars hang out the window while stopped in traffic. As traffic starts moving, a Hyundai Sonata veers to the right and clips a parked car and SUV.
Normally, this would cause some minor damage, but despite the low speed the Sonata tumbles onto its roof before flipping back onto all four wheels, damaging the roof, right front fender, and front bumper and shattering the rear window.
It appears that the Hyundai Sonata driver was too distracted by the passengers hanging out of the cars in the next lane and wasn't looking at the road ahead. Luckily, nobody else was involved in the crash and the driver hopefully didn't suffer any serious injuries since the crash happened at low speed.
Judging from the speedometer of the car behind, the Sonata was likely driving at around 20-25 mph, but it's an eye-opening reminder of how important it is to keep your eyes on the road ahead at all times. The Hyundai Sonata involved in the crash appears to be an older sixth generation model.
If they were driving the all-new Sonata, the car's modern safety tech may have prevented this crash from happening. As standard, the new Sonata includes a range of active driver assists including a forward collision-avoidance assist with pedestrian detection, lane following assist, smart cruise control with stop and go, lane-keeping assist, and a driver attention warning - the distracted driver certainly would have benefited from the latter two. These safety innovations were recognized by the IIHS, which gave the Sonata a top safety pick award.