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Thursday, September 13 2012


One would think, that given my work experiences, I would quit asking psychological and sociological questions. One would think that I'd have given up any faith in humanity and society as a whole, but like Anne Frank, I still want to believe. I still turn the Rubik's Cube of Life.

So here's the puzzle currently on my mind: Why are some individuals raised to hold life at such high esteem and others not? Or perhaps to explore this correctly we should examine the "glass half empty" versus the "glass half full" people, for in the face of adversity, how one views the situation greatly colors one's emotional perception of what happened.  Take the major accident we were involved in over the holiday weekend.

Now, emotions aside, given the pure laws of Physics involved in the situation, as a "glass half full" kind of person, I realize how close everyone came to death. As an officer, I have worked those kinds of accidents on the freeway and I know firsthand how ugly they are, so in that instant, when faced with causing certain death, I chose life over property. I believed then, and still believe, that it was the only choice I could make. The accident was still ugly, but everyone survived. And in that situation, I, as a "glass half full" person believe that we should all drop to our knees in the roadway and thank God that we are alive and walking. (I am also thankful that everyone has insurance. There is a reason I have been paying Allstate for all these years.)

Now, to the other side of the coin. The occupants of the vehicle that hit me broadside as my truck was sliding sideways down the freeway because I chose not to mow down the girl in the roadway or the woman in the parked truck she jumped out of, are now suing me. Yes, they are suing me.

They believe that if I had stayed in the right lane, they would not have been involved in an accident.  Clearly they don't understand that if a large truck with a loaded trailer hits a person in the roadway and then plows into a parked vehicle, it will NOT stay in the same lane anyway. Laws of Physics dictate that the truck would either have bounced into their lane upon impact, or it would have bounced into the retaining wall, and THEN into their lane upon impact. Either way, they would have still been involved in the accident.

Yes, I have insurance. Yes, they have insurance. Yes, the woman whose child jumped from the vehicle also has insurance. So I ask you, what is the point of suing someone?  Sadly, I fear the answer is "money."  

And herein lies my frustration. Why is that we cannot all be thankful we survived? Why do people feel the need to get rich off the backs of others?  Is the need to 'make a buck' stronger than respect for human life? Has our society stooped this low?

Posted by: forensicfarmgirl AT 10:03 am   |  Permalink   |  12 Comments  |  Email
So your insurance company can counter-sue them for running into you, can't they? I am glad everyone is okay.
Posted by Peg H. on 09/13/2012 - 01:17 PM
I suspect that you may be being sued at the demand of their insurance company. If they can get you found liable, why then, they are completely off the hook! Unprintable bastards. I'll bet they are also suing that girl and her mother, because if you aren't found liable, then maybe someone else can be. Have you spoken to your insurance company about this? I am SO glad that everyone is okay (especially you and Other Half and the dogs!!). You made the right choice, the ONLY possible choice from what I could see, and I am grateful that you were rewarded by having everyone be okay.
Posted by Lisa Ochoa on 09/13/2012 - 03:37 PM
This is not a half full, half empty thing. This is every bad thing that happens to me MUST be someone else's fault. Need to get rich off of others? Because the 1% have been getting rich off of them for their whole lives. This is a chance to get some back.
Posted by Jan on 09/13/2012 - 03:49 PM
Coming out of lurkdom to comment. First, AAAAauuuuuggghhhhh! I scream that, because I too, was involved in a frivolous lawsuit. I bumped a man at a stoplight (light turned green, he didn't move, I did). The damage to his vehicle was a bent license plate. Mine--none. He sued me for $750,000 for loss of wages because of a neck injury. Three years later, my insurance settled with him for $25K. He was then working for a company that sets up bounce-houses for kids. Yup, he was terribly injured--NOT! I admit, I was at fault under the law because I hit him. No police report to verify the severity (or not) of the accident.
Posted by CeeCee on 09/14/2012 - 10:43 AM
Me again--my rant was too long for one post. :) I am so very sorry you are being sued. I'm not sure what grounds the person has to sue you. I believe that Iunderstand the law to say that if you hit a person from BEHIND, that you are at fault for following too closely and not paying attention. Seems to me, that if you were a 'glass half empty' girl, you could sue them for hitting you! Again, I'm so sorry that you're having to deal with the ridiculousness of humanity when you clearly did the right thing by not killing the person in front of you. Hang in there.
Posted by CeeCee on 09/14/2012 - 10:44 AM
To answer your question, yes, society has stooped this low. I'm an old woman. I remember when life was simpler, when greed was not socially acceptable, and lawyers were as scarce as doctors. You can't beat 'em so you must join 'em. Countersue ASAP. They hit you from BEHIND!
Posted by g'ma on 09/14/2012 - 11:21 AM
Tort Lotto is the name of that game.
Posted by Eric on 09/14/2012 - 11:36 AM
Sounds to me like the insurance company is probably behind this--they want to establish the whole proportion of fault, so that the other insurance companies have to assume at least some of the cost. It seems like the problem these days is the need blame someone else for what befalls us. (This coming from an elementary school counselor.) If that's the case, then I blame YOU...for saving that confused girl's life! I don't see that you had any other choice.
Posted by EvenSong on 09/14/2012 - 05:08 PM
I am also a lurker, but love your blog! I am terribly sorry this happened, but am very glad all involved are alive and okay. That said, I think the reason all this greed and lawsuits are running rampant is BECAUSE we have insurance! People are greedy and insurance companies promote this - they want to assign blame - away from themselves of course! People, for whatever reason, seem to think if an accident wasn't "their fault" it is "free money." Stay strong and fight it I say! We've got your back!!
Posted by Kar on 09/14/2012 - 10:00 PM
ahhh..this is why i love my dog! i think you will have to get a lawyer if you have not already done so, at least to review the situation and advise you and OH of your options. you probably already know that, in your head. motives are so hard to understand, with humans involved. our motives are usually a mixture, not always completely seen and understood by ourselves, or others.
Posted by clairesmum on 09/15/2012 - 02:52 PM
After my initial "freak-out", I've actually now reached the "wait and see" phase. There is no point in losing any sleep over it. Plus, why let anxiety cheat me out of any precious time?
Posted by forensicfarmgirl on 09/15/2012 - 08:29 PM
Wonder if they would be suing you if they were dead. Are they suing the jumper for reckless endangerment?
Posted by goatsinnevada on 09/16/2012 - 04:01 PM

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