Have you ever been involved in an accident? And if so, were you the one driving or just a passenger? I have been involved in a total of three accidents, the first one being when I was under 10 years old, can't remember exactly how old I was at the time. My father was driving and the guy in front of him stopped suddenly (the guy in front was driving a truck with a thick metal bumper at the back so his car had no damage to it whatsoever) and my father's car kissed the car in front. Wasn't a high speed accident so it wasn't serious, we all walked away with our bodies intact but sadly the law in Botswana states that if you're the one who hit someone else, you're the one to blame. So my father was found at fault for that crash. Our car took some damage but nothing severe (it was a Toyota Corolla and the car in front was a Toyota Hilux). The second time was later in my life, I was driving (no passengers), I wasn't concentrating on the road ahead of me in a traffic jam and was basically reading a text message on my phone instead of paying attention to the road and since I had gotten used to the rhythm of the jam I thought that it would continue like that forever. Big mistake, I took my eyes off the road shortly after noticing the car in front was moving slowly ahead and stepped on the accelerator to go forward after it the same distance I had always been going this whole time. I then heard a loud "BANG!" and that was when I realized I had unwittingly driven into the car in front of me. Since it was a low speed accident, there wasn't much damage to the cars (can't remember the make and model of the car in front of me but it had a fiberglass bumper just like my father's Toyota Camry which I was driving at the time) but again the blame was laid at my feet and rightly so this time. The third time was when I started driving in the winter after coming back to Saskatoon, and funnily enough it wasn't my fault. But since it was a lady vs. me and it was basically her story vs. mine, they bought her story and I took the blame for the accident. I was driving along and this lady in front of us lost control as she hit a patch of black ice or something and her car started sliding out of control. Rather than stay calm and just steer in one direction only while trying to pump the breaks (she was driving an older car, again can't remember the make and model of the car) she steered this way and that then this way again until her car was all over the road and totally lost control swerving around completely and ending up facing sideways in the middle of the road. I tried to stop as soon as I noticed what was going on in front of me and pumped the breaks and did all I was taught to do when driving in the winter (I was also driving an older Toyota Camry) but to no avail. My car slowly slid forward until it hit into hers and again me and my boss who was with me at the time in the front passenger seat heard a loud "BANG!" as we hit into the side of her car, the side that she was sitting on! We then quickly opened our doors and rushed to her car, thankfully her door was only dented slightly and she could still get out of it as it wasn't damaged. (I backed up beforehand) After verifying she wasn't injured we exchanged phone numbers, names and other details and we went on our way. Other than a few points lost off my license though and the cost of my insurance premiums going up a little, there was nothing that came of it however. When I was younger I knew of a friend of a friend who's family was very wealthy and their family had several cars, they had a big family and virtually everyone in their family had a nice car. He himself had a BMW 745li and anyone who knows anything about cars will tell you how prestigious that car was back in the day, I mean it was the kind of car rappers had in their music videos. Anyway, he was speeding with it this one time with four passengers in it when he lost control and the car overturned several times. Everyone but him was killed in the accident. He never drove again and he still blames himself for their deaths to this day, he was very very sad after the accident even though he had survived. Just goes to show that accidents are not always as insignificant as the accidents I have been a part of. I have always respected cars and their ability to do harm, both to yourself and others. They are not machines to be handled without care. That is why whenever I see a parent who buys their kids a really fast car for their 16th birthday I just shake my head and wonder. I would never buy my kids a deathtrap for their 16th or 18th birthday, you're just killing your child indirectly. At least wait until they make it to 21 or make it a present for when they graduate college if you want to buy them a nice car that badly. Wait until such a time that they can understand, fear and respect the vehicle that you give them. That is my belief on the matter anyway. Also do not feel compelled to answer this thread, that is why I have added a poll. I know for some an accident and the nature of it especially serious ones can be a sensitive topic.