I love taking long drives on highways that stretch forever. When I was younger I used to love family road trips in the summer. As a young adult I came to appreciate even more the freedom that comes with the open road. I love feeling at one with the road and seeing all the things this country has to offer. I love turning up the music and letting the windows down as I ride up the highway. I love singing along with my favorite songs and pretending that I am in my own world and nobody can bother me. I love to be in control of my fate and destiny as I choose where I go. I do all this while buckled in my seatbelt with my GPS attached to my dashboard. I also make sure that if I have my phone nearby, my Bluetooth is in my ear and both are completely charged. I also keep spare car chargers and an emergency kit in the trunk. It's a great time for me, but I go the extra mile to make it a safe time for everyone. Although my road trips are fun, I can't say that they are worth my life. It is important that I make sure that I do my best to keep everyone safe by obeying the rules of the road.
It always scares me when I see cars dipping around trucks and riding in the truck's blind spot. I often wonder if they missed the "if you can't see my mirrors I can't see you" bumper stickers in big bold writing on the back of the trucks. I wonder if they missed a lesson about safety precautions in driver's education class that makes them think that what they are doing is safe. It also scares me when huge trucks stop short or move very quickly into another lane of travel with little or no notice. I fear that the drivers in the next lane will not react properly to this huge fast moving vehicle. My fear is heightened in seeing the top of the truck tilt just a bit more than usual. I fear that the truck may tip or roll over and leave devastation in its wake. I fear that one day the drivers who act without regard will cause or be part of a major accident. Selfishly, I hate this because it ruins my travel time as I along with every other prudent driver are forced to sit in hours of bumper to bumper traffic as we wait for the mess created by someone else to be cleaned up.
Altruistically, I hate seeing preventable pain. I would just as soon let someone have my water on a hot day if I knew it would prevent dehydration. I am also the type of driver that graciously allows people to merge before the road ends. I also hate seeing innocent people suffer. The sad reality is that when inconsiderate people get into accidents, they usually get into accidents with good drivers, who had no way of reacting in time.
I encourage all drivers to use the road wisely. We could all benefit from obeying the speed limit and using turn signals religiously. Sometimes no matter how safe you are, you suffer from the negligence of other people. In those cases, it is important to have a good attorney. It is important to have someone looking out for your best interest.
This blog post was written by DC car accident lawyer Rabihah Scott.