Posted June 17, 2015 - 08:24 PM
They do the same thing here--get all the cell phones when there's an accident. I see people all the time with their eyes down texting away. A couple of years ago a 30 year old woman walked in front of a moving car because she was looking at her phone and not where she was going. She was killed.
Two years ago, my uncle who was a lifelong truck driver hit a man that stepped out on front of him. He wasn't on a phone but he died in the accident. My uncle took several months off and tried to go back to driving but ultimately retired because it was so hard after that. He was a great driver. Never had an accident. When I was growing up he used to take me with him on his Saturday run. Then he had a cabover GMC. We had a steer tire blow out one day. My uncle was standing up in the cab wrestling the steering wheel for all he was worth to keep us out of the ditch. There was no power steering back then and most trucks weren't running steer axle brakes.
I have empathy for the families of the people that die in those accidents, but it takes a huge toll on the poor soul driving the other vehicle. The words "it wasn't their fault" only go so far.
Hopefully your son's friend can eventually move past it.
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