Reckless Teen Driving:
Teenagers’ Mistakes that Cause Their Accidents
I had a first-hand experience with the problem of reckless teen driving. It was a sunny Saturday in mid July 2006, when my friend, with a slow and trembling voice, announced to me that a person, who means unimaginably a lot to me, had a car accident. That exact moment my whole world was crushed. I couldn’t ask why, how, or when. The only words that came out of my mouth were, “Is he all right?” I got no response. It wasn’t until two days later that I learned that he was terribly hurt. Fortunately, at the end, however, he was a winner; he managed to beat death. When the day of the terrible news passed, and I was psychologically better, I gained the power to ask more details about the accident. I was furious when I learned that he was distracted by his cell phone. After I heard that horrible explanation about the cause of the accident, the only thing I wanted to do was to go and punch him. But I couldn’t. He was in a coma. After hearing this I couldn’t even cry. My hands and legs immediately felt paralyzed, and I fainted. This was too much for me to handle in only two days. After those horrible days, about two months passed by without knowing if he woke up or not, and I was still so upset with him that I refused to go see him. Finally, after three months, he woke up from the coma and he became much better. The first time that I saw him awake was when we returned to school after our Christmas vacations. It wasn’t until later, however, that I found out the coma he was in influenced a part of his brain. For a big amount of time he was disoriented, and couldn’t remember who he was talking to or where he was going. But let’s be honest, he was the only one to blame. If he was just concentrating on the road, the accident would have never happened. After this experience, I’ve been intrigued to learn more regarding reckless teen driving...
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