Warning: Dangerous curve ahead-A A +A
Saturday, October 20, 2012
CAN accidents be prevented?
This is the question that I asked myself after my youngest child recently figured in a near-death road accident where she miraculously emerged with just slight physical injuries.
The tricycle where she was a lone passenger came into a collision course with a private car at an intersection which has been described as accident-prone as well as “mariit,” an Ilonggo word for spooky.
This happened in the early morning of September 21, 2012 and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Amity Volunteer Fire Brigade for promptly sending an ambulance to the scene of the accident and the volunteers on duty that day for attending to my child and the tricycle driver who was knocked unconscious by the impact.
The next day, I retraced the route of the private car and noted the presence of a curve along the way with an intersection at the far end. The street was a major thoroughfare that was crossed by a barangay road where the tricycle was traversing.
Per traffic accident report, it was the tricycle driver who erred by hitting the left front portion of the car.
When I visited the site for the second time on October 1, I was aghast to learn that another road accident had occurred thereat, involving a moving motorcycle which hit a parked tricycle. I stayed there for quite some time, observing the passing vehicles. Some drivers slowed down at the intersection while others just drove through at high speeds.
I leave it to the traffic authorities to find a way of reminding motorists to observe safety measures while on the road. What’s more, there are so many intersections here in Bacolod City that don’t have traffic lights and it would be good to see traffic policemen manually directing the traffic thereat, especially during rush hours.
My youngest daughter is now rendering church service at a church near the site of the accident where she miraculously survived, apparently saved by her guardian angel.
As for me, I guess it’s time to pay a visit to a reliable insurance company and get a good accident insurance policy, just in case something unexpected like this happens.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on October 21, 2012.