Life is full of surprises, not all of them good. While many of us do our best to prepare for the future, take safety precautions and live a healthy lifestyle, there are forces beyond our control that can change our lives dramatically in an instant.
A serious car accident is perhaps the best example of these forces. It's important to buckle up, keep distractions to a minimum, drive more carefully in inclement weather, and maintain a safe following distance behind other cars. All of these precautions may reduce the risk of a car accident, but every driver and passenger takes a risk just by getting in a motor vehicle. Most of us don't think about this risk, though, until after an accident happens. A multivehicle crash in Brentwood, California, this week demonstrates the unpredictability of some crashes.
A 21-year-old man was driving his Subaru Outback south on Monday afternoon when he lost control of it and veered into opposing lanes of traffic. A Mercedes headed toward him was unable to avoid the wrong-way car and the two vehicles collided. Both the driver and the passenger of the Mercedes, a man and woman in their 60s, were severely injured. But the wreck didn't end there. After that impact, the Outback moved back into the proper lane, but crashed into a Trans Am. The Outback went up in flames right after that impact.
It's not clear if the 20-year-old driver of the third car was injured, but the driver of the Mercedes later died. The Mercedes passenger and Outback driver survived, but both suffered serious injuries. California Highway Patrol officials said alcohol doesn't appear to have been involved, but whatever caused the Outback driver to swerve into oncoming traffic, it changed other people's lives forever, through no fault of their own.
Source: CBS San Francisco, "1 Dead, 2 Injured After Fiery Brentwood Crash," Nov. 5, 2012
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