rollover accidentI am a retired police officer. On September 21, 1999 I was almost killed when a large oncoming truck crossed into my lane and crashed into my police car head-on. This was no accident; this collision was the result of a driver’s decision to not pay attention.

I remember seeing the large truck sliding towards my cruiser. I remember seeing the driver’s face as he screamed prior to the collision. I remember the smoke from the engine block and the terror of the thought of a fire inside of my cruiser. I remember being lifted from the police car in so much pain, I could not even speak. I remember it all; it was no accident. A truck driver decided to drive too fast for the conditions of the roadway.

Be Safe This Fall

Hurricane Dorian recently reminded all of us how precious life is and how unpredictable reality can be. Lives can change in the breadth of a second, forever and without warning. We are reminded of this every day in the stories of our clients, who never expected to be injured in an accident but now need our help.

As we head into this fall season, let us all dedicate ourselves to safety for ourselves and for our children. There are no such things as accidents. Car crashes are the result of a decision to drive unsafely. Let us all decide not to drive distracted and be good examples for our kids and grandchildren – in our driving habits and personal choices.

Drivers who make thoughtless and poor decisions behind the wheel cause injury and death. As we travel through this autumn season, let us all remember to make the good decision to slow down on wet roads, watch out for school kids and never pass a stopped school bus with flashing red lights.

By: Chick Pritchard, Director of Communications