On a sunny September day about a year ago, a black Honda smashed into the red car shown above at between 50 and 60 miles per hour. The red car was stopped at the time waiting to make a left-hand turn. The impact shattered the back of the red car, pushed the back seats into the front seats, and snapped the headrests. My client was a belted passenger in the front seat. She suffered a traumatic brain injury, a subarachnoid hemorrhage, eight rib fractures, three back fractures, a broken right humerus requiring operative screws and plates, a fractured left clavicle, and left-sided hemiplegia, among other injuries. She and her family will never be the same again.

Why did this happen? The driver of the black Honda testified that she had only looked away for a “few seconds” out the left side window while her car approached the stopped red car at highway speed. When she looked back and saw the red car in front of her, it was too late to do anything.

So people, please, respectfully, shut down those distractions, and keep your eyes on the road. A few seconds and a life changed forever.

by Patrick J. Higgins
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