On a beautiful sunny September day in 2007, after a long and stressful workday, I took a left turn that forever changed my life. It was a day like most other work days. I was ready to get home, make some dinner, and get settled for the night – but that never happened.
I picked up my cell phone to call a friend, as I did on most days after work. She and I chatted for a few minutes and then ended our conversation. I pulled out of my parking spot, turned right out of the parking lot, then proceeded to the next stop sign. While looking both ways I noticed a white truck in the far distance and proceeded to roll forward and take the left turn. As I turned I was t-boned on the front driver side by the white truck, which turned out to be a Ford F-450 commercial truck. All I remember hearing was the rumbling of crushing metal. Needless to say my beloved car that I had worked so hard for appeared to be totaled.
All of my airbags deployed, my front windshield was smashed in, the driver’s window was broken, my key jammed in the ignition, and I was unconscious. When I came to my first reaction was hysterics. I looked around for a minute, heard voices talking to me, then I felt an unbearable pain in my right hand. As I looked down at my hand I noticed that it appeared to be separated from my wrist. Moments later I heard a gentleman (firefighter) behind me telling me that everything was going to be okay and that he needed me to stay calm, not move my head, and that I was going to hear a lot of loud noise. That driver side door was jammed and the jaws of life had to be used.
It seemed to take forever for the door to break away, but I was finally able to get out and into an ambulance for the ride to the hospital. The reality of the crash seemed to hit me as I arrived at the emergency room, and I was in complete shock. Thankfully my friends called my mom and family to let them know what had happened. I layed in the emergency room for what seemed like countless hours until an on-call doctor could come and set my wrist and hand back into place.
A sling held everything in place for the first two weeks. I was then put into a full arm cast and later moved to a half arm cast. With this challenging experience I learned that I was capable of doing as much with one good hand as I was with two. Learning to drive, eat, bathe, sweep, write, and talk with my left hand were frustrating at times but are now things I am able to do.
Finally, after two and a half months, it was time to get back to work with full strength restored in my right hand. This challenging experience taught me a lot about myself, but especially that I am capable of much more than I previously thought.
Decreasing Car Accidents
In the recent decades, the rate of car accidents has increased at an alarming rate. Many people have lost their lives while others injured due to avoidable road accidents. Research study shows that every year, about two million people in the world lose their lives through road accidents. Individuals and firms have incurred huge losses through questionable road accidents. However, despite innovative campaigns to minimize if not to eliminate car accidents, cases of car crash are often reported. The big question has remained, what are the causes of these accidents, and what should be done to curb this menace.
Cause of Car Accidents
According to statistics, most of these accidents happen as a result of careless driving or rash. Sometimes especially drivers tend to be in rash, and therefore in most cases engage careless driving which eventually results to accident. Further, road accidents occur due to drug drivers. Driving under influence is one of the leading cause fatal car accidents. Driving under influence of drugs increases the risk of the driver been involved in an accident. However, this can be avoided if proper measures are implemented and strictly enforced. Nevertheless, during bad weather such as winter seasons, when most of time visibility is low and most of roads are slippery, car accidents are very prone.
Control Measures to Car Accidents
The increased rate of car accident has led to development of various measures to curb the growing menace. Most governments have enacted traffic rules and regulations which have led to drastic fall in car accidents. However, most people tend to neglect traffic rules and thus proper measures should be ensured to enforce these rules. For instance, most people do not like wearing seat beat. However, in most nations, wearing seat belt has been made mandatory and thus has played a significant role in reducing the rate of car accidents.
Defensive driving is among the most prominent and effective way of reducing car accidents. Through defensive driving, the driver is able to determine the potential car crash and thus make him or her more careful. This is very helpful in attempts to end or minimize car crashes. Defensive driving does not only reduce car accidents but also reduce injuries and deaths due to car accidents.
Driving under influence is one of the leading cause fatal car accidents which should be deal with effectively. Imposing severe disciplinary measures on drug drivers will discourage drivers from driving under influence of drugs hence reduce the risks of car accidents.