My son’s friend was involved in a car accident on Friday night. His parents received a phone call from the hospital. The police on site had to use my son’s friend’s finger to unlock his phone to find his parents’ phone numbers.
My son’s friend survived this accident. His seat belt saved his life.
The collapsed lung will heal and the significant abrasions and bruises will be a reminder of the accident for many, many weeks. He was not texting or speeding. The police suspect a tire blew out while driving home on the highway at night. In an attempt to steer his car to the side, the car flipped forwards.. twice. His car landed on a dark patch of the highway and if there hadn’t been a police officer who witnessed the accident, my son’s friend likely would have been unattended for an unknown amount of time.
Our prayers went to his parents and as we imagined that phone call. As a family we had meaningful conversations about teenage drivers, speed limits, texting and drunk drivers. None of these scenarios, other than being a teen driver, applied to my son’s friend.
But, we used this accident as a teachable moment with our three children; a reminder to slow down, the dangers of night driving, the importance of car maintenance, texting, impaired driving and on and on. And, we allowed our son to reflect.