F1 » Schumacher crash speed ‘hard to evaluate’

Examination of 'extremely legible' footage provides clues to Michael Schumacher's skiing accident, but prosecutors not focusing on speed.

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January 08, 2014 11:42 AM
Last Edited 838 days ago

Speed isn't always a factor.

I fell of my motorbike (VFR400 at the time) at a fair speed, hit a crash barrier and knocked myself out momentarily after a few somersaults through the air and escaped unscathed. I know someone who dropped dropped their bike in a carpark and 20mph and they were very badly injured.


January 08, 2014 1:12 PM

laughing gas. why on earth is someones head going to roll? nobody was at fault. schumi was on the prepared piste where there are no rocks. run was a blue or red which means even a person with 2-3 years experience can ski on it safely.
schumis helmet cam apparenty shows that he (for whatever reason) went outside the boundaries, into an area of deep snow with rocks in it. and he fell, hitting his head on one of the rocks.
plain simple accident. I have fallen,even when not moving, and torn a ligament , and i have had over 50 years skiing experience. and only last year, did I purchase and use a helmet.

accidents DO happen, and no-one is to blame

Texas Roadhouse

January 08, 2014 2:00 PM

Sadly, in today's world, there has to be a "root cause" found, and blame attached - a consequence of our HSE obsessed society - and, in France, with the "Code Napoleon" judicial system, all the more so.

Hopefully the officials will see sense and do nothing other than getting the media away from the hospital.


January 08, 2014 3:44 PM
Last Edited 838 days ago

Laughing gas, Who's head's going to roll? Are you expecting prosecutors to have the rock in the dock?

This report says Michael's speed is hard to evaluate from the video. The BBC says the video shows that he was travelling at a speed only an experienced skier would attempt and another F1 site claims the video shows that he was travelling slowly but they all agree that speed wasn't an issue. At least they agree on something.

Does a simple skiing accident really require an investigation?


January 08, 2014 6:41 PM

'Quincy revealed that, far from being a unique occurrence, Schumacher's accident was symptomatic of the 50 or so similar accidents that occur in the region ever season, and was being treated in the same way as any other'

"and was being treated in the same way as any other"

Boy, that's a load of doodoo. I hardly believe that hitting my head at that ski resort would have prompted a full scale investigation like this. Its pathetic.


January 08, 2014 7:04 PM

twisted. the law in most European countries does in fact demand that a police investigation is carried out. you cannot get out of it!
my daughter in law was standing at the top of a gondola lift in kitzbuhel, a couple of years ago. she was a pedestrian, not a skier. some lunatic came bombing down on skis and sent her flying. her hand was badly cut and she was expecting at the time. she was taken to hospital and even though we did not ask for one, a full police investigation was begun, as it was required BY LAW. There was no lasting injury. the skier was Spanish, but after a two month investigation and our decision not to lodge any claim, the prosecutor agreed to drop any action and just sent a warning to the skier.

it is a case of accepting the laws of the country that you are visiting

so its not a load of doodoo!

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