Grandsons First Big Car Accident
By Nancy Zink
March 6, 2018 3:21pm CST
My 17 year old grandson just called and told us he had his first car accident today. We sent him my husbands car from Florida to New Jersey in September. My husband never had an accident in that car but of course being 17 and this being the first car, he was, and still is, very upset. I always said that the first car is usually the "crash car". I know that from personal experience. I only had my first car a week and was in a huge accident when I was 17. There were at least 10 cars in my accident on a major highway in New Jersey. He was on his way home from school and a lady hit him and while they were out talking another man hit him from the other side. His car is now totaled and he feels so bad as that was his grandfathers car. He doesn't realize that we went through the same thing when we were growing up. At this time I do not know what happened as they had a big snow storm the last few days. New Jersey is expecting another one tomorrow or the next day. Some homes near them are still without power since the storm hit them on Saturday.
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• Gainesville, Florida
I totaled my first car when I was 16. Only had it about a month before I was involved in a head-on collision. I was also in an accident about 2 weeks ago, and I seem to have messed up my back pretty bad. The doctor is going to see if physical therapy will help heal me before deciding if I need surgery or not.
• Gainesville, Florida
@ramapo17 I've been on here every day, but only for a few minutes at a time. It's been hard to move, and especially harder to sit, due to my back injury. However, I found out today that I won't need surgery, but I will have to go to physical therapy three days a week. Had my first appointment today and it already did wonders for me.
Snow can cause a lot of accidents. I can't imagine driving in a wet and slippery road. I hate deriving when it's raining. Good to know your grandson wasn't harmed in the accident but I know how he feels about his first car. I never had any serious or big accidents with any of my cars. Actually I drove too young in our small town in the past. I was only 10 when I learned how to drive. And I was trusted to drive around town when I was 11 years old, but there was always an adult supervision. Wasn't allowed to drive alone.
@ramapo17 The driving age here is 18. However, we used to live in a small town where everybody know each other and back in the late 80s and early 90s there were few cars. But not these days anymore that's why I never allowed my son to drive since he's only 13. But back then there were few cars and we practically own the whole town so even the police didn't really care when they see me drive.
• United States
So sorry to hear of his accident but thank goodness he is ok. I know its a car but they too can grow sentimental value, my husband totaled 2 of his cars within 3 yrs and I thought he was gonna cry. We fixed the first one and sold it to his son as a first car and so far so good.
I hope the weather is better now. I recall one incident where someone hit from behind my car during a very heavy thunderstorm. I could not even stop the car as traffic was heavy. The best of care cannot prevent such happening - siva
• Melbourne, Florida
You are right. A person can be the best driver but the person behind you might not be. His car is totaled so now he has nothing and he still needs one for work and school. Of course insurance companies take their time getting to some of the cases.
I've had a few fender benders breaking in those first few cars. It is a very upsetting experience. You have to drive so defensively today, people just have no awareness of safe driving. As long as he is not seriously injured that is most important. A car can be replaced.