Texting by the driver of a vehicle no matter their age should be banned. It’s hard enough to keep an eye on the other guy when you’re on the road. Trying to stay attentive while texting is insane. Ban it immediately.
-Howard Burns- Radio host in response to article on Texting and driving
Until I started this post, I didn’t realize just how few photos I had actually taken of our new car, which by the way was a pretty little thing. But I have used two photos on this post. One taken shortly after we got it, which is the one to the left here, and one after it was destroyed, which is below. Hmmm…It seems I took more of it after it was destroyed. But I digress……
About eight and a half months ago, my wife and I bought a new *used* 2007 Ford Focus hatchback car. It was fun to drive and we loved it. And yes, I am saying this in the past tense.
Two weeks ago, on Wednesday, while heading to work, my wife was driving through an intersection in Brownsburg, and a 19 year old girl, who was texting and driving, ran a red light and plowed into my wife’s car, and another car. She was not watching what she was doing. She is an idiot.
Our new car is now a pile of junk sitting in some junk yard somewhere, and my wife cannot work for now, because of the injuries she sustained in the accident, and needing crutches to get around. Her business, a house cleaning business is not doing anything now as she cannot work. As you can imagine, it is hard to clean a house while in pain and on crutches. So, because of this dumb girl, doing something that she shouldn’t have been doing, we have lost our new car, and also an income for a period of time. But that isn’t the end of it all. There is more………
Since this accident, not only have we lost one of our incomes, but the girl’s insurance, *remember the one texting and driving* has informed us that they will not pay for much since she hit two people, and that we are responsible for the rest. HUH????
Now, we have full coverage insurance on our now totally messed up new car, and it tells us, as does our lawyer, that they are trying to get away with not paying what they should. I felt that they were doing that because they were dealing with a woman, but again I digress……..
But until this thing is settled, we have to look forward to not having a second income, lowering our standard of living. Leaving things that need to be fixed, not fixed, and not having the second car that was so useful in things like going to the store and shopping, since my car, a Mustang two door coupe isn’t roomy enough to shop for much. That plus the suffering of my wife, caused by this young woman, who was breaking a new law here in Indiana, by not watching what she was doing, because she was texting and driving, while running a red light, and causing the accident. The only fault that could be laid at my wife’s door, is that she was there when it happened. She wasn’t doing anything wrong.
Now, the important part of this little lesson my friends, is not the car. It can be replaced. The important part of this little lesson is the fact that my wife is okay, because she cannot be replaced.
To put this in perspective here, if she had gone into that intersection a split second later, she would have been hit in the drivers door, which could have killed her instead of just beating her up a little. I haven’t heard if the girl was hurt, but I kind of doubt it because of the lack of information on her. I think she didn’t even miss a day of school.
But, the car, that we had bought only eight months ago, is now toast as you can see by the photo here. Thankfully our insurance paid off the car, so we can now start looking for another one to replace it. We will get through this, because we live in America, God has blessed us richly, and we did nothing wrong here.
The lesson to be learned here is, since laws are being passed all over the nation that are against Texting and driving, that if you do this, the laws will get you eventually, if not now.
I am a CDL licensed driver, and I see the importance of driving with your full attention on the road and to what is happening all around you. It is an ever changing environment, and a split second of inattention can cause the death of someone. And I do not care how good you are at driving, or texting, it has no business being done while you are behind the wheel of a car or truck. Because, whether you think it can or not, it can and will change your life and/or someone else’s, in an instant. And never for the good, and never can it be taken back. Drive smart……don’t text and drive. It can be a killer. If not only for the car, but for people inside them too.
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