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Essay On An Accident In A Street

Second runner up in I Drive Safely’s Teen Essay Contest, Elissa Nguyen, of Houston, Texas, outlines an accident that happened while getting practice behind the wheel with her father. She dreads what happened that day but says the experience will impact her for the rest of her life.

“Whether it is through your own circle of friends or through the experiences of others through social media and the internet, I definitely think that teens should learn from the slips and gaffes of people who are different from them. By learning from those who come from different places and backgrounds and their driving mistakes, I believe that you are more likely to know how to react when mishaps arise on the road, and less likely to repeat the common mistakes that everyone else has already made.”

Below is Nguyen’s winning essay.

My First Traffic Accident

I knew this area. This place had been home for the majority of my life – the church was down the street, friends lived around the corner, and I shopped at the nearby retail market. And yet there she was, lying mangled on the street screaming while my brain numbed over and my eyes watered in front of the sweaty steering wheel.

Even though I was taking the cheaper alternative to live driving school, learning all of the rules online and street smarts with my parents wasn’t so bad considering that this was me essentially earning my own freedom. One steamy Sunday morning, my dad decided to teach me the ropes on how to handle that-one-road-with-a-million-speed-bumps. I loved going out to practice on Sundays since there were fewer cars around, and therefore less fear on my part. Stepping into the driver’s seat of the battered beige Corolla that had been around since before my birth, I then ignited the engine. We were off. It was smooth sailing as I felt that hum of the car running; it felt like power.

“Slow, steady,” my father explained as I approached the annoying road we planned to practice going over. We were about 30 feet away as I saw a family standing at the edge of the street in the corner of my eye. There were two small children from what I could see, running around on the grass by the curb while the mother was fiddling around with her cell phone. “Stupid jaywalkers…” I irritably thought to myself.

While my dad was gazing out the window I decided to teach the lady a lesson about learning to discipline her children, so I revved up the car to make noise and sped past. My stomach instantly sunk when I felt and heard the thump of a body. Tears were streaming down my hot face before I had even realized the true situation. One of the kids, a helpless girl only 7 or 8 years old was moaning under the car hood as I ran out of the car to face my actions. The girl’s mother was an infuriated mess, as was my father as my mind slipped away, speechless. Sometime after the appalling accident, police and an ambulance showed up. I looked at no one in the eye. I couldn’t even face the girl I’d injured. Wallowing in guilt, I managed to utter an apology to the mother before a deputy questioned me concerning the worst experience of my life.

Months later, I still dwell on the tears in the pigtailed girl’s eyes and the disappointment in my father’s. Even if the girl was only bruised on the whole of her torso, and the accident deemed just that, an accident, I won’t ever forget that day. I know for a fact now that dominion over a driver’s seat isn’t a right, but a privilege reserved for those who are ready to be responsible, and take caution at every brake and turn.

Road accidents take place in big cities almost every day. Sometimes, these accidents prove to be fatal. Two main factors responsible for road accidents are heavy traffic on roads and rash driving. Normally, it is cyclists and motor cyclists who are the victims of such accidents. Sometimes, pedestrians are also killed in these accidents.

Delhi is the capital of India. It is a very crowded city. The traffic on its roads has increased so much that it often becomes very difficult to cross a road. During the peak hours of the day, we find an unending stream of buses, trucks, cars, tempos, scooters, motor-cycles and cycles. The drivers of the vehicles do not observe traffic rales. They try to overtake one another.

The reckless drivers of buses and tracks are in the habit of drinking. Under the influence of liquor they indulge in rash driving. They drive their vehicles at top speed. They do not observe speed limits. They cause road accidents. Sometimes they themselves become the victims of such accidents.

Three-wheeler drivers neither drive carefully nor pay any attention to traffic rules. They drive at high speeds even in small lanes. When they turn turtle, passengers travelling in such auto-rikshaws get injured.

Students are also responsible for road accidents. They drive their scooters and motor cycles at great speed. They do not care to wear crash helmets. Very often they are involved in fatal accidents.

Last Sunday, I saw a very tragic accident. I was waiting for Bus No. 518 at Tilak Nagar to go to Lodhi Road. It was 9.45 A.M. There was a heavy rush of buses, trucks, cars, taxis, scooters, etc. On the road everyone seemed to be in a hurry to reach his place of work in time. Horns were being blown by one and all. There was a lot of noise. It was a maddening scene.

Suddenly, I heard the sound of a big crash. A heavily-loaded truck had tried to overtake a fast running DTC bus and collided with it. The track had also knocked down two scooterists. All this happened so suddenly that I could not understand what had happened.

The traffic on the road came to a grinding halt. A number of people collected at the site of the accident. The driver of the track was badly injured. The scooterists had received head injuries and were lying unconscious on the road. A few passengers sitting on the front seats of the DTC bus had also received injuries.

A shopkeeper informed the police on the phone about this road accident. A flying squad of the police reached the spot within a few minutes. First of all, they took a photograph of the place of the accident. Then they rushed the injured people to Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital. One of the injured was declared brought dead. The condition of the other two was described as serious. Others were allowed to go home after first aid.

The police placed the driver of the truck under arrest and charged him with negligent and rash driving. He was found to be dead drunk. The police took down the statements of some eyewitnesses. Thus one person lost his life and two others sustained serious injuries due to the fault of a reckless driver. It was a tragic accident.

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