A Magnet For Accidents…

I was a witness to an accident that happened directly in front of me this morning. And I wish I had my Treo in my hands to document it, because I had a feeling that it was going to happen right before it did.

There was one car, a Subaru wagon, directly in front of me, and another car, a Nissan Sentra, to its right. And as we made our right turns onto the two-lane onramp to the freeway, both of those cars stopped because the slow lane was blocked by a fire truck, which had been called to deal with a situation with another vehicle that had pulled over to the right shoulder.

So what happened next?

Both cars proceeded slowly, with each driver thinking they had the right-of-way, and the Sentra wound up plowing into the right side of the Subaru! It actually wasn’t that bad an accident as it sounds, but I couldn’t believe what I had seen, nor that I wasn’t taping it with my Treo!

2 thoughts on “A Magnet For Accidents…”

  1. Remind me not to drive near you. Oh yeah, and I’m glad you weren’t trying to tape something while you drove.

  2. I am confident that the Fire Engine was displaying its emergency warning lights, and remain eternally hopeful that such was helpful to the majority motorists who approached the scene. I know… precious few people look more than ten feet in front of their bumper, and we’re aiming to do something about it!

    While I have no personal or professional knowledge of this particular incident, the more astute among you will note that I rarely refer to traffic collisions as “accidents” – for indeed most are entirely preventable.

    If you happen to hear me make the regrettable mistake of using the word “accident” in a media interview regarding a traffic collision, please let me know. The (non-alcoholic) beverage of your choice at Traxx is on me!

    Before I head back to the dungeon, I would like to encourage everyone who drives in Los Angeles to visit and bookmark a site specific to our region:


    Remember: Knowledge Is Power!

    Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

    Brian Humphrey
    Public Service Officer
    Los Angeles Fire Department

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