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Written by   534
1 month ago

I previously published a free writing article entitled wake (Read it here). I wrote it out of boredom when me and my parents went my uncle's wake last time but I didn't explain what really happened.

My uncle and his family lives in Manila. But his mom got sick several months ago, so he went back to Bicol and took care of his mom. He was here for about two months, but he wants to spend time with his family on my aunt's birthday, so he decided to go back home in Manila. Since he's a rider, he just used his motorcycle in travelling back home.

He's too excited to see his wife and daughter after several months of being away. But something unexpected happened. He was already in Atimonan, Quezon when a delivery truck full of animal feeds hit his motorcycle. A YouTuber uploaded a video and there are other riders there too and fortunately, they only acquired injury. One tricycle driver said that when he saw the truck making zigzag moves, he jumped off his tricycle, so he was only injured. The truck's wing was also opened for some reason, so aside from being bumped by the truck, several sacks of animal feeds fell on him too. He cracked his head, his left rib was severely fractured, and he got broken legs too. They said that if in case he didn't die from that accident, he will still be half dead and that will be more painful for him and his family I guess.

Unfortunately, here in the Philippines, when road accidents like this happens, they only compensate  the family of the bereaved a sum of PHP. 70,000 ($1500) up to PHP. 200,000 ($4000) which I think is unfair because it seems like that is just the value of a life that's lost. In my uncle's case, my aunt didn't agree to get paid with that small amount in exchange for her husband's life. She would rather sue than come to agreement.

Whether we like it or not "time and unexpected events overtakes us all.”

This world we live in seems to be a very hazardous place. In our most unexpected moment, in just one frightening split second, anyone can experience an accident. It can happen whenever and wherever we are. It can happen at home, at work, on the road and it can even happen while on a recreational activity. But if we think about it, accidents are generally caused by people. If people would only be safety-minded, we can avoid a lot of accidents.

Accidents are unplanned events that hurts. It is usually caused by people due to an unrealized hazard or it may be an unsafe act that can hurt someone. One of the most common accident that we often hear about are road accidents.

Drive Safely!”

If you are a rider, or someone who drives any vehicle, how many times did your family, loved one or friends told you this whenever you are departing?

According to a report, every year 1.2 million people die due to a road accident and a lot more are being injured. This is indeed a big number, if only people will pay attention to safety, a lot of accidents can be avoided.

Here are some ways to prevent road accidents:

  • Check your vehicle before driving. Make sure that your car, motorcycle or any vehicle is in good condition before driving. Make sure to check the following: leaks, brakes, lights, side mirrors and tires. Most accidents happens when at the middle of driving, the brakes are suddenly not working or there might be an oil leak.

  • Don't drink and drive. This may already be a common line, but always make sure not to drive when you are drunk. A lot of accidents happened due to this. Sixteen years ago, when I was in third grade, my dad almost died and lose his one leg due to drunk driving. Fortunately, he's still alive until now.

  • Take care of your speed limit and seat belts. There might be some roads with a very low speed limit, and this might bore you or you might think that exceeding a bit of the limit may take you to your destination faster. Is it worth risking an accident just to get to your destination five to ten minutes earlier? Also, make sure that you are wearing your seatbelt all the time and making it a habit to buckle up every time you get inside your car.

  • Make sure that you are familiar and knows the meaning of every road signs and traffic signs. Imagine if there's a landslide, a bridge out or a cave-in of the road and you disregarded the signs, you might risk your life, if you don't pay attention to these signs.

  • Respect other driver or motorist. Sometimes, an accident on the road occurs because the drivers lose their temper caused by other drivers. So don't be cocky and control your temper when driving.

  • Don't use your mobile device while driving. This is already a basic, texting or chatting can distract you while driving so don't use your phone while driving. If you can't avoid using your mobile phone for GPS, try to activate the voice navigation on your device so your phone can 'talk' to you while you're driving.

  • Focus on the road. Give your hundred percent full attention while driving and avoid any distraction. Always anticipate and expect that anytime, other motorist or drivers may do something crazy or wrong that might cause an accident. Being aware of what other drivers are doing will help you to avoid accident.

These are just few suggestions to prevent road accidents. But it will be effective only if we put it into practice. Accidents may happen when we least expect it, but if we are always safety-minded, a lot of accidents can be prevented. Always keep safe everyone!

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A lot of accidents happens usually due to the recklessness of drivers. Some are too cocky when driving and exceeds the speed limit.

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3 weeks ago

Drive safely is big concept in terms on driving. Be gentle and dont rush driving. It can lessen the chances of accidents. Always identify the signs that is present in roads. Keep safe everyone.

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1 month ago

I agree with what you said dear. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this. Keep safe too.

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1 month ago

Very beautiful article ❤️

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1 month ago

Thanks for ypur appreciation.

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1 month ago

Kahit ako super advanced mag isip. Especially dito sa lugar namin, yearly meron talagang road accidents, and mostly fatal talaga at halos lahat ng accidents puro sa motor. That is the main reason bakit ayoko bumili ng motor yung partner ko. Mas mabuti pang mag commute nalang lesser pa yung risks.

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1 month ago

Ako nga kahit umangkas lang sa motor paranoid na. Pag nag iba ng tunog ang motor iniisip ko na agad na may problema o kaya baka maaksidente kami. Mas okay na talaga ang mag commute kaso ang mahal din ng pamasahe sa panahon ngayon 😪

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1 month ago

Ang daming rickless driver jan sa pinas.. Hndi manlngnla iniisip buhay ng ibang tao na maapektuhan.. At sa panahon ngayon, wala ng libre.. Kht patay kna magbabaya pa dn.. Tsk..kaya ingat ingat tlga

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1 month ago

Kaya nga eh. Minsan yung mga naaaksidente di naman kasalanan ng iba kundi kasalanan mismo nila.

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1 month ago

oo.. Naalala ko nungpapunta kmi manila.. Bus lng sinakyan nmn 24hrs biyahe.. Muntik na madisgrasya sinasakyan namin... Yung driver hndi ata napansin na my paparating sa likod, at yung paparating sobrang bilis ng patakbo.. Mdyo maulan pa nmn yun..at nsa kurbada kami.. Thank God tlga at hndi tumagilid yung bus.. Kung hndi bka ano na nangyari samin..

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1 month ago

Madalas talagang mangyari ang mga ganyan sa highway. Napakadaming mga reckless drivers dyan eh. Dati nga nung nag ko-call center pa ako, mga nasasakyan kong bus eh yung galing Manila, parang mga hari ng kalsada magpatakbo. Nagagalit pa sa mga tricycle drivers na mabagal magpatakbo at haharang harang daw sa daan nila 😑

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1 month ago

Oh as I was reading I felt pain. So sorry for your family's loss. Condolence😞

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1 month ago

Thank you so much. Imagine the pain of the immediate family 😪

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1 month ago

Oo mas masakit yon nagbabasa lang ako parang ayaw kung tapusin. May he rest in peace.

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1 month ago

If everyone abide by your rules then no one will not accident in road

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1 month ago

You are absolutely right about that.

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1 month ago

Thanks to you for sharing this kind of post

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1 month ago

Road accident is very most popular problem in all country

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1 month ago

Yes that's right. And you are from what country?

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1 month ago

I'm feeling very sad for you. In our country lots of people lost their family for this road accident. The main reason for road accident here is bad route and inexperienced people. Lots of drivers don’t have any driving licence but they drive. In our country drinking is not allowed, so here is no drinking case. You explained it so well in your article. Thank you for sharing us your article

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1 month ago

Thank you so much dear for the empathy and thanks for reading and appreciating this article.

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1 month ago

You are most welcome

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1 month ago

Road accident is big problem in all country

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1 month ago

Yes, indeed it is. Are you also from Philippines?

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1 month ago

most of the road accidents happens for high speed driving . everyone should drive safely

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3 weeks ago

So sorry dear, I can feel your pain.

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1 month ago

Thank you so much dear.

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1 month ago

No problem dear

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1 month ago

Nice

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1 month ago

Thanks. Which part of it did you find nice?

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1 month ago

So mali talaga yung truck? Kawawa naman, kahit anong pagiingat ata talaga ang gawin pag time mo na talaga di na maiiwasan yon, nakakalungkot. Sananay masaya na sya kung asan man sya ngayin ano. Kawawa naman talaga ang naiwan nya, 😶

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1 month ago

Oo yung truck talaga ang may mali. Sabi nga daw sa report overloaded daw kasi yung truck which caused the wing to open at magsihulugan yung mga sako sakong feeds at gumewang gewang na siya. Eh umuulan yata nun at madulas ang daan kaya di niya napansin haays 😪

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1 month ago

Road accidents are very horror. I have suffered from this😭

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1 month ago

Yes it is. I also dread road accidents. And sorry to hear or know about your experience.

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1 month ago

Thanks for you good Informational article writing. Road accident is to much happening in our country, in 2017-19

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1 month ago

You're welcome. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my article and for appreciating it.

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1 month ago

This is a must-do, every time that we're going to use a vehicle. Safety first indeed

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1 month ago

That's right. All of us should be safety minded like I mentioned.

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1 month ago

I have this younger brother next to me, pag xa nagmamaneho noon kinakabahan ako.. bigla2 mag-oovertake ng d nagpapakita sa sidemirror ng sinusundan nya, papano malalaman ng sinusundan nya na my nkasunod sa knya at bigla na lng mag change lane, o kaya kung my paparating at sumulpot xa sa likuran ng ioovertake nya.. nkakaloka.. buti ngayon pag nangsusundo, safe driving na. d na kaskasero.

Buti n lng at d tinanggap ng tita mo ung compensation.. imagine n lng na pwedeng kitain ng deceased un ng ilang buwan pag masipag tlaga xa.. d makatarungan, may bata p nman.. may they find comfort on the Lord's arms during this trying time

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1 month ago

Kaya madalas talaga ang aksidente dahil sa pagiging reckless ng driver, katulad nung brother mo dati. Si papa kaskasero din pero maingat at alert naman lagi. Kaya yung kapatid ko laging nireremind na kung gusto na daw mamatay agad, wag niyang aayusin ang pagmamaneho 😂 Pag baka angkas naman ako, kinukurot ko kapag parang napapabilis na lol.

Oo nga po, actually tinanong siya nung lawyer kung ilan ang gusto niyang compensation, since 24 years pang magtatrabaho yung asawa niya bago mag retire and nasa 15k ang sahod niya every month minus the bonuses, nung kinompute nasa 4.3 million yun. Yun ang hinihingi niya. Kung hindi daw maibibigay yun kapalit ng buhay ng asawa niya mas mabuti pang magsampa na lang ng kaso. Reasonable naman.

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1 month ago

that's how they should pay kasi well abled tao ung namatay at d lng bsta2 stambay

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1 month ago

Safety first talaga dapat pero pag motor kase kahit anong ingat mo prone pa rin sa danger kase yung makakasulobong mo nmn sa daan ang magiging problema, pray before driving talaga dapat. Condolence to the family 😔

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1 month ago

Salamat. Oo nga kapag nagmomotor kahit anong ingat mo, kung hindi maingat ang mga kasabayan mong motorista sa kalsada eh di talaga maiiwasan ang aksidente.

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1 month ago

Everytime na papasok sa work yung husband ko, I keep reminding him na ingat as pagmamaneho, pero sagot nya lage sakin, kahit anong ingat mo daw sa pagmamaneho pero yun mga kasabayan mo sa kalsada eh walang ingat, may possibility talaga na maaksidente ka, di mo daw kasi talaga maiiwasan ang aksidente. Kaya nga daw yun tinawag na aksidente eh.

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1 month ago

Yes po he's right naman. Yan din ang sinasabi lagi ng papa ko kaya lagi niya din sinasabi sa kapatid ko kapag aalis kami na 'drive defensively', yung lagi niyang iisipin na lahat ng kasabayan niya sa kalsada ay may gagawing kalokohan. That way magiging alert siya kung may posibleng aksidente na mangyayari. Not all the time we can avoid accidents, but we can somehow prevent it.

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1 month ago

Yes, yun talaga ang dapat gawin..

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1 month ago