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We were shocked when my wife spoke to one of her sons about an accident he was in last Sunday.

The phone call you never want to get.

This morning, while I was out cutting the neighbor's lawn and my wife was gone to the library to pick up some magazines that sell used for only a dime each, we got a message from one of her sons, on the answering machine.

She was able to call him back and got the latest news. He had been in a near fatal head-on collision. Another motorist, going against traffic, crashed into him while he was minding his own business, going to his girl friend's work to pick her up. When he woke up in the next morning, he realized he had been near death. He had been unconscious for many hours.

He may not be able to work again as a truck driver and for a long haul national trucking company. It has been a very bad thing for him to have been through all this. We are praying and hoping he will recover. His injuries are bad enough, that in spite of the fact he is back home with his girl friend and he managed to talk to a lawyer today. The settlement will be in his favor. If he wins a lawsuit with the help of an accident and injury lawyer, he will get enough to replace the mini-van he totaled. The man in the car that ran into him was at fault and the problem is, my wife's son doesn't have any way to get hold of him to find out if he is still alive or not.

He drove for many years hauling anything from furniture to pallets of chocolate bars and even military goods from anywhere USA to just about any place on the map and never hardly ever got into an accident, but had some close calls, however, and this past weekend, while just driving his own family vehicle, to run an errand, he ends up in an accident that nearly killed him. This is why people really need to look out for the other guy, and even being a safe driver, we do need to be careful because there are lots of others who drive just out of control like ding bats or chimpanzees.

It's a crazy world out there on the roads of America. Keep your eyes peeled and look out for yourself by looking out for those types who drive like they think it's some kind of video game. Reality is as cold and hard as the concrete and instead of gaining points and a new car after a crash, you get dead and don't get any credits!

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VinceSummers wrote on July 11, 2017, 4:58 PM

There are tragedies awaiting each and every one of us "out there." Sorry for your son.

Kasman wrote on July 11, 2017, 5:29 PM

That's awful! I have never been in a serious auto accident but a couple of my friends have and I know how much it can change a life. Hope your son manages to overcome the trauma.

LisaSteinmetz wrote on July 11, 2017, 10:25 PM

I hope he gets better soon.

MegL wrote on July 12, 2017, 2:51 AM

That's definitely ALMOST the phone call you hope never to get. I hope your stepson gets well again quickly. Being unconscious for hours takes a while to recover from. I take it the police were involved? They should be able to give him and his lawyer information on the other driver. Hope it all works out ok for him.

lookatdesktop wrote on July 14, 2017, 9:09 AM

Thanks. We are hoping he will recover but the outlook for his future as a long haul truck driver may be a bad one. He might even have to get some type of desk job.

lookatdesktop wrote on July 14, 2017, 9:11 AM

Thanks, We are keeping in touch. It appears his children are helping him get back on his feet with hospital tests and some types of surgeries pending still based on the results of many x-rays.

lookatdesktop wrote on July 14, 2017, 9:11 AM

We do too. He is at a point in life where he really needs to slow down and take time to smell the coffee beans.

lookatdesktop wrote on July 14, 2017, 9:15 AM

The police let him take many pictures of the two cars at the pound where they were towed to. The lawyer offered him a deal that would work in his favor. If and when they settle the lawyer will take HIS cut and hopefully my step son will get enough to cover the cost of a new vehicle and help with his medical expenses. At the moment his children are doing what they can to help him get to and from the hospital for examinations, and treatment and possible surgeries. We are still waiting for an update by him today or tomorrow. I appreciate your concern. I have been praying for him. The man who hit him at the intersection on an open country road, outside the city limits was in possession of drugs and that will not be good for his defense.

MegL wrote on July 14, 2017, 11:11 AM

I get mad when I hear of people driving with drink or drugs taken. I know he was "just" in possession but he may also have been using. It is so selfish and wrong to drive a vehicle when you are impaired. I am very much in favour of ZERO TOLERANCE for impaired driving. That includes legal and illegal drugs.

BarbRad wrote on July 20, 2017, 4:15 AM

What devastating news. I hope he will make a full recovery. Accidents can change or end a life in an instant.

I was rear-ended three weeks ago in a four-car pile-up. Fortunately for me, I was the front car and was able to drive away from it after waiting for the police to take the report. Someone involved had to take an ambulance ride. We took my car to the shop this morning. The whole experience was very scary and I was sure I was going to hit the car in front of me when I was pushed from behind. I was able to swerve onto the shoulder just in time to avoid hitting it. It could have ended much differently.

lookatdesktop wrote on July 20, 2017, 1:31 PM

Is that so? I think you were very lucky. You managed to keep control your vehicle. Steering out of harms way kept you alive and well. Good for you to do that since it all happened in an instant. Showing that kind of quick response was what we are best at learning from experience. No body learns this from Driver's Ed class.