What You Need To Learn From Car Accidents
None of us want to be in car accidents, but they happen. Sometimes car accidents are just a little bump on the car in front of you (or behind you), and other times it can me much worse. I’ve been in an car accident that was worse. No one was injured, thank goodness, but three cars were smashed together, accordion style.
I was 21 and in the process of moving. My husband already lived in the new city (two hours away) while I finished up my job in the more northern part of the state. I only had three days left before the move, but I needed to make the trek south for a family party.
The traffic was terrible the entire way. I had already been on the road for an hour and a half and I just wanted to get there. Finally, the cars started to move. I was actually going above 35 miles per hour! Maybe I would get there before my untimely death! But no, it was not meant to be.
I may have been speeding just a tinsy bit (don’t tell) when a line of cars was stopped in front of me. I thought I could make it in time, and in fact I did, but the car behind me didn’t. I was concentrating so hard on the car in front of me that I didn’t notice the guy who tailed behind. I was the meat in the middle of the three car sandwich.
Granted, I was very lucky. I could have been smashed into a larger car and been crushed. As it was, my airbag didn’t even go off. After sitting in the car for a few shaking moments I called the police. My life had just flashed before my eyes. Yes, my family party was important, but it wasn’t as important as my life.
I learned a few valuable things that day. Even though the accident wasn’t really my fault there were still ways it could have been avoided. First and foremost, I shouldn’t have been speeding. Yes, the traffic was bad, and yes, I was late. That didn’t mean that I had to ‘make up for lost time’ by going too fast.
Second, I should have been thinking about the person behind me. I could have moved over to the next lane and avoided getting hit, but I was in my own little world and I missed what I should have seen. Last, and most important, I should have been thinking less about where I needed to be and more about how I was driving because really, that put me in danger more than anything else.
So next time you’re on the road, think more about what you can do to help out your fellow drivers and less about yourself, maybe you’ll be able to avoid an accident as well.
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