BMW 3-Series Driver Triggers Pile-Up In California

Distracted driving is an extremely common cause of crashes and we’re willing to bet this was the case with the driver of a BMW 3-Series starring in the following video.

The clip was captured near San Bruno in California and shows slow-moving traffic on the southbound 280. It starts out unremarkably until an E30-generation BMW 3-Series passes the cammer in the second-most left lane and slams on their brakes.

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This sudden move to slow down causes a silver Toyota Prius following shortly behind to hit the brakes and quickly steer to the right in a bid to avoid making contact. This Prius driver is unable to slow down in time and clips the rear of the 3-Series. Things only get worse as an SUV hits the rear of the Prius, sending it into another lane where it is pushed into the front of a Honda CR-V.

Fortunately, none of the impacts happened at high speed and we would be shocked if anyone was injured in the pile-up.

Incidents like these can get interesting if they go to court to determine who was to blame for the crash. An argument can certainly be made that the BMW driver inadvertently caused the crash. Similarly, one could say that the Prius driver shouldn’t have been following the BMW so closely and should have been able to brake in time. If all drivers featured in this video, except for the innocent CR-V, were driving their vehicles more defensively, the whole thing could have been avoided.


  • DetrinKD

    Sucks that by law the Prius should be considered at fault, but it seems the BMW had no reason to slam on brakes like that and then remain completely stopped. Hate to jump to the conclusion, but this could be an insurance fraud situation…

  • Spongebob Squareback

    That, my dude, is an E36 3er. Clicked the link to mourn the potential loss of an E30, only slightly less saddened to see that it’s the E30’s successor, the E36. Also, this incident should have never even occurred, if all of the drivers were being attentive, and driving more responsively.

  • db

    It was obviously his fault…

    Unfortunately, this is a classic case of driving in too tight. It is getting to the character of many freeways anywhere. Drivers are too close to one another and when one person brakes abruptly, it sets off a chain reaction.

    I would think both the CUV (Escape?) and the Prius drivers are both charged and Mr. Bimmer got away with one despite being the root cause.

  • Oscar Cereijo

    They call it SECURITY DISTANCE for a reason…

    The Bimmer behaviour was totally “wrong” but what if there was a mechanical failure due to the sudden braking.

    I guess all three were not paying enough attention to the road… and share the responsibility.

  • Alduin

    Another day another dbag in a BMW. No different than a dbag in a Tesla.

  • Paul

    That sucks. At least there is video showing what the BMW caused even if the other driver in most cases following would get the blame.

  • ctk4949

    Why the hell did the BMW come to a complete stop?!?! There was no cars in front of him!!

  • cat

    It’s true you can drive a tesla and not be a douchebag ,and someone who drives a volvo for example can be a douchebag

    • Rahul Mandala

      I literally said ANY brand of car can have bad, reckless drivers.

  • ChicagoBlah

    What!? No Mustang joke?

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