We stop when we see school bus lights flashing, both because the law requires it and because we know those flashing lights mean that children could be darting out into traffic. We certainly do not want to hurt children in a pedestrian accident.
A recent car crash resulted in the death of an area benefactor when he and his wife were rear-ended by a Mack truck. The 67-year-old wife was seriously injured in the crash and remains hospitalized.
Accidents can occur on the roads at any moment. Negligent drivers can cause injuries to not only themselves, their passengers and other motorists, but also to pedestrians who find themselves near intersections or business parking lots. These unfortunate events can leave victims and their families heartbroken.
Many Philadelphia residents do not want to give up their car keys when they get older. Many of us link driving to our independence, and the thought of giving up this privilege is a difficult one. At the same time, as people age their children often start telling them they are no longer fit to drive.
Each time a person choose to operate a motor vehicle, they put themselves at risk for an accident. With so many vehicles on the road today, even the most cautious driver can become the victim of another person's negligent behavior. Unfortunately, it often seems that some do not understand the responsibility associated with operating such a dangerous piece of equipment. A recent car accident in Philadelphia may prove to be a perfect example.
Operating a motor vehicle comes with a certain level of responsibility. Most people understand their obligation to themselves as well as their fellow motorists when they drive. Still, the possibility for a car accident to occur is an unfortunate reality. Avoiding involvement in that reality could be as simple as being observant and following the rules of the road designed to keep traffic moving along safely.
Last weekend's fatal commuter train derailment hit hard for many in the Philadelphia area. The wreck north of New York City wasn't far from us, and rail is also a popular form of mass transit here.