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Say What?

September 24, 2019

This guy I know (henceforth: “TGIK”) was in a car accident last Thursday evening. Both vehicles involved in the accident were destroyed and two passengers in the other car were moved by stretchers and taken away by ambulance. The two passengers who were taken away were young and TGIK thought they may have been the teenage children of the driver of the other vehicle.

TGIK was talking to the driver of the other vehicle after the accident and when he asked to exchange insurance information, the other driver told him that it’s his father’s car and his father has the insurance information. They exchanged phone numbers and TGIK told the other driver to call him with the insurance information. TGIK didn’t receive a phone call on Friday so he called the other driver on Saturday and when TGIK didn’t get a return call he left him another phone message on Sunday.

On Monday TGIK is upset and I don’t blame him, who wouldn’t be in this situation. I offered that at least the police, as well as his insurance company, have the other driver’s information, but TGIK wasn’t having any of it and what TGIK said to me made me feel sort of sick. After I mentioned the police and the insurance company TGIK repeated that the other driver never called him back and then TGIK said, “He probably doesn’t even have insurance and he was just lying to me and that’s why he didn’t call me back and now I don’t care if his kids are paralyzed or not.”

Say what?

Those last 10 words, who thinks that kind of thought?

And who tells an monstrous thought like that to someone else?

There are people in this world like TGIK and there are people in this world who believe in lovingkindness. Lovingkindness in both thought and deed and not dependent on anything. That’s a nice way to think and to act and I hope there are more people out there in this world who believe that than there are people like TGIK who can’t bring themselves to care if young adults, teenagers, are paralyzed because of something that’s really nothing more than a selfish inconvenience.

If only for a minute, please be kind to yourself and someone else.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. September 24, 2019 1:22 pm

    TGIK is afraid/embarrassed to do the extra work of calling, when the info is easily available? Did they even call the police to the accident scene? Shoulda been, if two kids were taken away on stretchers Why couldn’t the man call his dad, on the spot?
    That’s crazy stuff…Ugh!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Michael B. Fishman permalink*
      September 24, 2019 3:58 pm

      I think TGIK’s account is a little shady. The police were at the scene and he said they told him that he doesn’t want them to remove his car because they’ll just send it to the impound lot and he’ll have to pay for both the tow and reclaiming the car at some point. Then he said he called his insurance company and said they told him that he doesn’t want to call them because he’ll have to pay for the tow (isn’t that covered under insurance?) and they’ll also have to open a claim which will go against his record. I asked him how he could be involved in an accident and not inform his insurance company and open a claim and he said something about waiting to hear from the other driver which makes zero sense to me. This morning he said that he instructed the insurance company to tow the vehicle away and three days later, he said, it’s still there and that’s hard to believe as well.


  2. September 24, 2019 1:54 pm

    I’m with you.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. September 24, 2019 2:41 pm

    He probably didn’t mean it and was just angry. This is why police should be called to an accident scene. They will get the info necessary and then you can give the police report to your insurance company. There’s no need for the insured to chase after people in a rage.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Michael B. Fishman permalink*
      September 25, 2019 12:54 pm

      I hope you’re right that he didn’t mean it. I just wish he wouldn’t have said it.

      Liked by 1 person

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