It’s Not An Accident

Bethany D

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It was normal day in October, like any other as my mom drove my siblings and I to school. I was 12 at the time, my little sister was 6 and my brother was 4. We were crossing an intersection when over the hill a car hit us at 75 mph. They hit the passenger side of the car. I still remember hearing the crunch of the metal and looking at my mom as the car spun. I had never been in an accident but as soon as the car settled, the adrenaline kicked in. My mom sat there crying in complete shock. I jumped into the back to check on my siblings who were both crying and very shaken up. The next minute the first response team was there asking if we were all okay. My little brother had a huge bump on his head. My little sister refused to get out of her car seat, so a fireman carried her to the ambulance in her car chair. I will never forget the one fireman coming up to me to ask if I was okay. I later found out that his son went to school with me. Once the adrenaline wore off I realized the immense pain I felt in my knee. I then noticed that my mom was freaking out. She has something called addison’s disease and was having an addison’s crisis. We rushed her to the hospital and she ended up having to stay there for 4 days to recover. I had bruised my bone and strained something so I couldn’t dance for 2 weeks. I’ve never felt so sick to my stomach before, it was one of the most terrifying experiences of my life. Car crashes, not accidents, are sadly the leading cause of death for teens in America. Saying that they are accidents implies that they are inevitable and they are not. As individuals we have the power to unite against this and prevent more tragedies form occurring. The reason that this car hit us was because they were in a rush to be somewhere in time. We can prevent reckless driving by allocating plenty of time to get to your destination. By giving yourself enough time to get to where you are going, you’re cutting down on the likelihood that you will speed, putting yourself and others on the road in serious danger.