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March 30, 2015

A Matter of Seconds

Filed under: Uncategorized — mvervinck @ 8:19 pm

Last night, I received one of those phone calls that no parent wants to get.  My son called and said, “I hit a car, and it flipped two times.”  I could hear the panic in his voice.  My husband went to the accident scene to help and to be with our son.  He was driving with two friends, and thankfully, no one in the car that our son was driving was hurt.  The women in the other car was taken to the hospital although she was coherent at the scene.

Through eye-witness accounts of the accident, the women driving the other car ran a red light.  My son had the green light and was just going through the intersection at a normal rate of speed.  It is a six lane highway with a bridge and other cars in the other two lanes on the side of the road where she was driving were stopped; however, because her lane was clear, she did not stop or hesitate and sailed through the intersection to be hit by our car.  Our car hit her car in the driver’s door.  If it had been a second later, the outcome could have been her car hitting our car in the passenger’s door.  If that had happened, I don’t think that the people in our car would have walked away from the accident with no injuries.  The outcome could have been so very different.

A few seconds was all it would have taken for the outcome of this accident to be radically different.  We are so thankful that the cars did what they were suppose to do.  Air bags were deployed and the front of the car crumpled and absorbed the impact of the crash as designed.  We are so thankful that the result of the accident was just two crumpled cars.  Cars can be replaced.  It has made all of the members of our family realize that life can change in just a few seconds, and that it is important to appreciate all of the second we have in this life.

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7 Comments »

  1. That’s frightening. I’m so glad no one was badly hurt. I hope your son understands that it wasn’t his fault and that he won’t be too worried about getting behind the wheel again. So true – we never know what will happen.

    Comment by spiffygryphy — March 30, 2015 @ 8:51 pm | Reply

  2. What a terrible experience, for all of you. Thank God no one was seriously hurt. I second the above comment – I hope your son isn’t too shaken up by this as he was doing the right thing.

    Comment by beckymusician — March 30, 2015 @ 9:46 pm | Reply

  3. Thank goodness no one was hurt.

    Comment by sgolddc — March 30, 2015 @ 9:49 pm | Reply

  4. So frightening! I imagine your son is shaken up. I’m glad he’s okay and no one was badly hurt. Moments like these do put things into perspective. Give him an extra hug tonight!

    Comment by Lauren Lynfield — March 30, 2015 @ 10:48 pm | Reply

  5. How scary! I’m glad that everyone is OK. Hope you can all relax when he gets behind the wheel again. Thank God Angels were watching.

    Comment by Peg D — March 30, 2015 @ 11:51 pm | Reply

  6. I am so glad to hear everyone was ok. It is definitely a great reminder of our precious time on this earth. Thanks for sharing!

    Comment by peteacher1 — March 31, 2015 @ 12:20 am | Reply

  7. So glad every one is well. You are so right “A Matter of Seconds” That is exactly how a fellow teacher of mine lost her sister this month. So scary.

    Comment by C.Crouch — March 31, 2015 @ 1:48 am | Reply


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