Toyota RAV4 Almost Rolls Over After Crashing Into Parked BMW SUV

While we usually try not to make assumptions, judging by this Toyota driver’s actions prior to the crash we’d say that they were definitely not paying attention to the road.

This could be for a number of reasons; fiddling with a smartphone, searching for something in the cubbyholes, falling asleep; whatever what happened, the footage shows that the RAV4’s driver was oblivious to the presence of a parked car.

This is supported by the fact that they hit the brakes just a second or two before impact, but unfortunately, by then it was too late.

The accident took place late last month at Willowdale Rd in Toronto, Canada. As for the car that was hit, it seems to be a previous-generation BMW X3.

Since the video description doesn’t specify what happened to the driver and/or passengers of the RAV4, we can only hope that they were wearing their seat belt, the safety systems worked as they should and they didn’t suffer any serious injuries.

In the end, this was a case of driver error – nothing more, nothing less. Sure, that particular road wasn’t extremely well lit, but, unless the Toyota’s headlights weren’t working, the driver should have seen the parked Bimmer had they been paying attention, as they should.

Goes to show that you must not relax too much behind the steering wheel and never, ever let anything (or anyone) distract you.


  • karmat

    Get used to it, as SUVs take over and centers of gravity rise.

    • cooper

      Yes, get used to moron Toyota drivers. Not the center of gravity.

  • badcyclist

    The BMW wanted hitting.

    • As much as I think blame can go to both sides, why on earth didn’t the BMW have a parking light on?

      • S3XY

        Because it was parked?

        • JimmyK

          At the majority of the german cars,and someone correct me if I am wrong,when you park you can use the signal switch up or down to lit the out side of the car front and rear so other drivers can see the car and avoid such accidents as the above.The RAV4 driver sure has a blame here but so has and the BMW owner.

        • Yes. It’s on a un-lit road which, at least to the UK highway code, requires you to put on a park light (as JimmyK has described below) to make the exterior side which is on the road visible so people can avoid it and drive round it.

          Obviously, the RAV4 driver didn’t see the reflectors on the BMW which (whilst not as visible) would still warn of the vehicles position, hence why I’m 50/50 but more BMW’s fault.

          • Loquacious Borborygmus

            Due care and attention.

          • Silimarina

            No obviously the RAV4 driver was not looking where he was going (probably looking at his phone).Look at the trajectory of the RAV4 before the crash

          • Mynameis Taylor

            it looks kind of dark to me…. and the BMW seems to be parked where you wouldn’t typically find a stationary car.

          • TheBelltower

            It was a single lane road in a neighborhood with plenty of room to park. It was a legal spot, even though a very vulnerable place to leave it.

          • The black car is parked in an undesignated parking space, with no illumination from itself or the environment. You’re only going to be able to see it when you’re up close as what the RAV4 driver did. Yes, the RAV4 driver should’ve reacted quicker as I’m sure you would’ve been able to see it from a lot further back. However, without that parking light, it still doesn’t remove the fact the BMW was invisible until you got up close to it. Hence 50/50.

        • salamOOn

          i dont think there was a designated parking spot…..

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  • Paul

    Sit there in the dark with no lights on what the heck do they expect. Yes due care is needed by drivers but sometimes things come up on you very quickly.

    • brn

      The reflectors would have light up nice and bright in the headlights of the rav4.

  • Juan Fernandez

    I own a RAV4 like that, even same color. I can’t blame the driver for couple of reasons:
    1.- He was driving using low beams, and i can tell you that in this vehicle you can’t see more than 25 meters ahead using low beams, so, When he saw the other SUV it was too late.
    2.- The BMW was parked without any light on, and it looks like it wasn’t reflecting either.

    • dufonrafal .

      Most new cars have their headlight badly aimed, have them checked by a professional.

      Last year, after driving my mom new Qashqai with LED headlight, I was quiet disturbed by how bad they were.

      But then I realized that they were aimed all the way down! After having them professionally aimed according to the manufacturer specs, it completely transformed them.

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      • Juan Fernandez

        Thanks for the recommendation. I will do.

  • Ken Lyns

    Typical incompetent Toronto driver…

  • Bob White

    This is just another F%$#&?g Chinese driver in Toronto. This kind of crap happens every day all over Toronto. I can give hundreds of examples including running at full speed into a car at a stop sign. They hit parked cars on my street all the time. They have turned Toronto into a fu%?$ng war zone.

  • LeStori

    Black object at night. Always hard to see. Put it in an unlit unlikely spot and who knows what will happen… Both at fault.

  • Okay, I get your point but your still being speculative. There is such reason for having parking lights in instances such as these. We don’t know if the driver was on the phone, a RAV4 doesn’t have LED headlights from my knowledge (or at least UK / EU spec), and you can’t tell how far away or close that streetlamp is.

    Again, I’m still putting blame on the RAV4, as I’ve said a few times already, along with the BMW too. After all, this would be a completely different story if the BMW was visible AND if the RAV4 driver was more attentive. Do also remember that if the driver had seen the BMW’s park light, the driver would’ve been able to see it and plan from much further back.

  • TheBelltower

    I would have agreed with you before January. But after getting rear ended by a Rav4, I’ve noticed that Toyota drivers are more inattentive than most. Measurably worse than other drivers.

  • KidRed

    It’s a dark road and the parked SUV had no lights on. How is that the Toyota’s fault? Someone was obviously in the parked SUV as the flashers came on afterwards. Why not just leave your lights on if your pulling over IN THE LANE at night??

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