Sunday, September 03, 2006

This Was Not An Accident

Every day in the United States…

120 people die in traffic crashes.

7,500 people are injured in traffic crashes.

17,000 traffic crashes are reported.

Thankfully, on Friday The Wife, The Boys, and those other people were only counted in the latter category.

After failing to yield her left turn on a 40mph road the girl called her mom instead of the police.

If I had been there I would have asked her if she was talking on her cell phone while she could have been yielding.

NHTSA: Traffic Safety Facts 2004 (pdf)

(These are photo's from a body shop parking lot. Don't miss the other car in the middle photo. We're so original aren't we?)


Woodog said...

I'm glad your family wasn't physically injured, and I hope the resulting angst is short lived.

I'll keep some positive thoughts out there for you.

Anonymous said...

Perfect chance to go to a one-car household. :) Glad everyone is O.K., it reminds you how for all the talking about bikes and cars coexisting all it takes is one driver totally not paying attention to kill you. Be safe, because they aren't.

westwind said...

Wow, thank goodness everyone was ok! That sure isnt the way anyone wants to subtract a car! Having survived a crash, I know how it can rattle a person, I'll be keeping a good thought for everyone and hoping the dust settles soon

Janice Bakke said...

Glad to hear no one was injured. Those photos, and statistics, made me cringe. I'm more and more convinced I do NOT want another car.

Tim said...

The Progressive is away and hopes all are well and not too shook up. Perhaps this was a reader who took the term "Minus Car" too literally and was trying to help out??

SiouxGeonz said...

We've got a college kid in this town in critical (I hope still, or better) thanks to a driver "distracted by cell phone" who went to the shoulder to knock him off his bike.
I have this fantasy of being a sniper and picking the phones off of people's ears and just scaring the *(&R out fo them...down, rage, down...