Cars are something that are so familiar that we often forget just how dangerous they are. In most places, they are a necessity. You have to have a vehicle to go from place to place. And because of this ubiquity, and because most of the time we end our journey safely, whether across town or across the country, we forget.
We forget that at 70 miles per hour, our three, four or six thousand pound car or truck, possesses a tremendous amount of kinetic energy. At that speed, our vehicles are moving at almost 103 feet per second. That means our vehicle can cover the distance of a football field in three seconds.
A lot can happen to a vehicle in those three seconds. This week, a former Farragut High School football star was killed in a car accident. According to the Knoxville Police Department, it appears the wheels of his car went off the left side of the pavement as he drove along an I-40 onramp.
He apparently attempted to get back on the pavement and overcorrected and because of the high speed, his vehicle went off the right side of the ramp, down an embankment, flipping several times.
He was not wearing his seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. He died at the accident scene from his injuries.
The crash occurred around 1:30 a.m., and the news report does not indicate if alcohol was suspected, but it often is involved with car accidents that occur during the early morning hours.
Cars are ubiquitous and necessary, but we should never forget the danger they possess.
WATE.com, "Victim in deadly West Knoxville accident identified as former Farragut football star," September 11, 2014