I drove to Walmart Monday, about a 25 mile stretch of mostly three-lane highway. On the way there I passed an accident on the South-bound side of the road. One lane was blocked. On my return trip two hours later, what appeared to be that same accident, which appeared to be a two-vehicle incident on the way to Walmart, was now a three-vehicle death scene.
The area where the accident occurred was an intersection with a shopping center (strip mall) on the South-bound side of the highway. I heard that it had been a head-on collision. Apparently two vehicles were trying to cross the highway at the cross section without slowing down. I don’t know how the third vehicle got involved unless it hit one of the other vehicles while it was engaged with the other. Jaws of life lay on the ground beside the vehicle shrouded in drapes.
Once I got through the traffic on the way home another vehicle, a small burgundy colored vehicle, which had obviously also been held up in the traffic jam awaiting the opportunity to get around the accident, went flying by me, doing easily fifteen to twenty miles an hour over the speed limit. What? Did that driver not just witness the horrible aftermath of being in too big of a hurry? Did his/her life mean so little that he/she was willing to risk the same result?
For the love of your own soul (not to mention other motorists and motorcylists), please don’t fool yourself into thinking that kind of accident could never happen to you. I’m sure none of the drivers involved in the afore described accident were planning to have one. They all probably thought they were good drivers. Maybe they were, but now at least one person is dead. What difference did it make whether or not that motorist felt capable? Please keep yourself and others safe by driving within the speed limit (whether or not you agree with the posted limit is a moot point; it’s the law) and be alert. Don’t allow yourself to be distracted while driving. It can end in death in an instant.