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My heart is breaking today.  All I can do now is two things.  First, pray, and second, give some advice.  If you get into a car accident, please, stay in your car.

Bad Work Start To 2018

Today was my first day back to work.  I was walking to my desk thinking of how I could make things great this year.

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The whole conversation came to a halt when a co-worker asked if I'd read my e-mail.

I had not.

She filled me in that a colleague had been in a serious auto accident on Christmas Day, and has been in critical condition since.  He's not regained conciousness.  He has brain injuries and internal injuries.  He had to have a leg amputated.  His heart stopped twice in the hours after the accident.

Things don't look promising.  Everyone is praying for a recovery.  Even if one comes, things will be different forever.

Staying Put

The most troubling thing is that the severity of the accident could have been different.  The accident sounded unavoidable.  The car in front spun out and my colleague tried but couldn't avoid hitting them.  During the accident, the rear door of the minivan opened and things spilled out.  My colleague got out to retrieve the items.  Unfortunately while doing so, another car spun out and he was struck, pinned between the cars.

It's instinct to get out of the car after an accident.  But, unless you absolutely have to, you shouldn't.  Stay in the car.  Call 911.  Make sure everybody is OK.

But, please, unless you have no choice, stay in the car.  Wait for the area to be cleared and made safe.

Don't let an accident turn into a tragedy.  Unfortunately, I can't go back and give this advice to my colleague who is now fighting for his life.

All we can do now is pray.