It was a bright, sunny day on Tuesday, September 4, 2012. I remember feeling excited because I was finished with my classes at two o' clock, earlier than most days. I had so much planned for the rest of the day, but little did I know that my plans would soon be ruined.
I came home, and decided to go grocery shopping with my mother. We sat in the car together and headed to Aldi. During our ride, we talked about my day at school, and the plans we had made for the day. Then as we turned into the Aldi parking lot—boom! We got into a car accident. So much for my excitement and my plans.
Turns out we got rear-ended. When we got hit, our car was sent across the parking lot. Thankfully we did not hit any other cars. My mother and I got out of the car, and were so confused. We looked around to see if we could find the person or car that hit us. We could not. After a couple of seconds, the eye witness came, and said that the car that hit us was tailgating the whole time. But where was this person that hit us? She finally came after approximately five minutes. I wondered where she had been, and if she was thinking about running away from the situation. It was one of the scariest moments in my life. At that moment, I did not know what exactly was going on. I was so scared, and did not know what to do.
When my mother and I did get a hold of the lady that hit us, we did not get a good impression of her. She wore a white tank top, and what looked like men’s boxer shorts, and was smoking a cigarette. What surprised me the most was the attitude she had about the accident. She told my mother and me that we were essentially to blame because we braked, and she did not see, and was not paying attention in front of her when we braked. I remember crying because of her careless attitude. Most people would think she would approach us, and ask if we were alright, but she did not. Instead, she made excuses for her mistake.
After a long forty minutes, the policeman came and recorded our insurance information. Thankfully there were no major injuries. Just some soreness and bruising.
This situation got me thinking. I asked myself what was next for this lady that crashed into our car. Sure, maybe she got a ticket and will have to pay more for car insurance, but are these the only consequences she gets for almost ending three lives, including her own? Although she did not end anyone’s life, it was a possibility. The police did not even check to estimate the speed she was driving, or check her condition. I think that there definitely should be more consequences for her actions to prevent this from every happening again. Some consequences I would propose are to suspend her license, and make her take another driving course.
I am sorry for maybe sounding cruel and judgmental, but I think that when someone hits another car, and causes an accident, he or she needs to accept that, and take responsibility. He or she also needs to show compassion for the people that could have been hurt or injured.
What do you think about this situation? Should there be more consequences when someone causes a car accident, or is what I am proposing too much?