What would you do: Car accident

@Dawn, I’m always afraid writing humorous post. I don’t want somebody to take it seriously… and do exactly what I’ve ridiculed :face_with_raised_eyebrow:

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That’s why Jack Daniels comes in a square bottle…so it doesn’t roll out from under the seat!

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LOL! Humor is important!

Stating it is humor is also important. I like to use a call out when someone might misunderstand my post. Sometimes it works, sometimes it gets people confused.

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Considering only 1 of my 3 vehicles has airbags, I brake early and leave room in front of me to pull out and escape, I monitor approaching vehicles for signs of slowing and work to calculate when and wear they are going to stop.

Granted it wont always prevent an accident but I do my best to make sure I can get out of an accident… I’ve been driving for more than 20 years now, accident free.

Still, 2/3 of my vehicles have secure lock boxes I can lock my firearm into and for towing, I would call for my friend to tow my vehicle as he knows what I store in my rigs when necessary and will ensure everything is secured.

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Reach down and open my safe put the firearm in it and close it shut. At this point it will not disappear or be taken by a “Good Samaritan” never to be seen again. At least this way there is a chance it will still be there when I or someone I know goes to the impound site to collect my personal belongings.

If someone I know and trust shows up onsite before I am transported away I may tell them the combination so they can secure it before the vehicle is towed.

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I’ve actually been in a worse situation. I was forty miles from the nearest town on a gravel road in Colorado about 8 years go when a complete idiot hit me head on running about 70 mph.

I had 7 firearms including three handguns in the vehicle.

Fortunately I was able to get out check on the woman that hit me (texting while driving), turn her car over and extract her from the vehicle.

I then started basic first aid on her and when I’d evaluated her condition sufficiently to be comfortable with leaving her there for a few minutes I got to the top of a hill and luckily got a cell signal and called for help.

Went back and continued first aid until police arrived, then an ambulance and careflight and they carried her off.

As soon as the police arrived I gave them a basic rundown of what had happend and told them what firearms I had, including the one I was carrying and in what condition they were all in.

Once she was gone they just had me pull them all out, and unload them and then were nice enough to transport me back to where I was staying and helped me carry all of the firearms in.

All they asked is that I not start reloading them until the officers had departed which was probably reasonable on their part.

They could not have been nicer or more professional.

I made a point of going by their station and having a meeting with the commander of the post and passing on my appreciation for how well their officers handled the whole thing.

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@WildRose. My second career as a Funeral Director I had many deaths from people who were text messaging while driving. The saddest thing about texting is that it’s not necessary and completely avoidable. If a person really is compelled to text while driving, pull off the road and then text or talk. It’s a real waste of life. Not saying that woman died, but just saying texting is avoidable Charles and she put your life in danger for what!? Nothing!

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The problem with these people is that they understand it differently…
For us: It’s a real waste of life.
For them: It’s a real waste of time.

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@Jerzees Here’s my deal my friend. I buried many texters in my career as a Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer. Probably 20 to 25 boys,girls, and adults. Been to different medical examiners locations to what is called “Doing a Removal” I have had young soldiers, young girls, boys. The damdest thing about young people is young drivers think they know everything, truth be told they don’t. They are not seasoned drivers. I think the saddest of the sad was a young 19 year old girl from Phillipine Islands. Her mother was a post office letter carrier who unfortunately also was our mail lady at the funeral home. I was at the morgue picking up her body and the mom didn’t get the news yet. Well anyway I’m not going to bore people today but that’s only 1 story of many. Flying an Airplane is easy also if you know how. But well I have many many stories but they are all tragic and none of them have happy endings. And I really do understand what you’re saying as well.

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THANK YOU… you’ve solved one of life’s mysteries for me :rofl:

Back to the subject now… one of my friends is a former EMT. They basically did what @MikeBKY said - either called a LEO to come get it at the scene, or met the LEO at the ER to collect it there. Only once did they have to remove it from a person for treatment reasons, and her partner (who had firearms experience) did it. (that was all long before she met me :wink: )

She says they never had a situation where the person was combative in the ambulance or accident vehicle and that they had no protocol on what to do if that happened. I’ve heard EMT folks say it can be a thing especially when the person in the ambulance is a gang member who’s afraid another gang’s member is going to come finish them off while they’re strapped to the cart in the bus. :flushed:

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I think it’s on the Tennessee drivers test.:smile:

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The bloggers for the USCCA are on the same wavelength as the Community :wink:

Check out Dick Blanchet’s latest blog post about securing your firearm in an emergency situation:

https://www.usconcealedcarry.com/blog/now-what-securing-your-firearm-during-a-medical-emergency/

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They seem to do that a LOT… hmmm… :thinking:

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An emergency room nurse attended one of my concealed carry classes. When I covered that hospitals are off-limits in Illinois, a student asked about what if they were unconscious. The nurse informed us that either a LEO or Hospital Security will collect it and put in a lock box in a secured area of the hospital until the patient is discharged.

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If I have to be transported to a hospital I know I will have to relinquish my firearm. I would ask for a police officer, and get his name and badge number on a receipt for my weapon. What other choice do I have? If I have to give it up, I feel my best bet is to let an officer take it.

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Let the EMT know so they can secure the pistol or gun until the police arrive.

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Inform emergency personnel so they can remove it and safely store it. Other then that. I had to go to the hospital after a accident but was taken by a friend from the scene. When I got there I still had on my side arm. They asked me to remove my clothes and into a lovely gown. When they came in to the room I had told them my side arm was on top of my clothing and sorry. They looked over at my 1911 and 2 mags. Then at my S&W shield and 2 mags. The nurse laughed and asked where the ear was starting and nicely locked them up. My bad!:us::us::grin::grin::us::us:

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We talk about how for some people everything goes into slow motion in an emergency.

I saw her coming a mile away and was thinking, “Damn they need to slow down”.

It was a combination of hills and rolling prairie in that area near Limon and we ended up on opposite sides of a rise meeting at the top.

50yds away I could see she was all the way over on my side of the road and could see her eyes looking down at her phone and I was thinking, Look up damnit, look up!

She didn’t and all I could think of as she closed the final distance was to close my eyes and turn my head to protect my face from the glass and the airbag.

Didn’t realize how badly I was in shock for a few minutes but I remember looking out my broken widow seeing my mirror gone and thinking, “Damn she broke my mirror”, I then looked in my rear view just in time to see her car hitting the ground 153’ from where she impacted me. It was upside down when it came in contact and rolled three times, two end over end and one right over left and came to rest pointing in the opposite line from travel partially on the driver’s side and partially on the roof.

Stuff like that seems somewhat surreal later but it’s how time dilation works.

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Yep, You can’t have the requisite intent if you are injured/unconscious to be liable.

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@WildRose. Wow Charles that is some tragedy. I’m really sorry that ever happened to you. I had an accident many years ago in 1979 that was a head on type that the day that particular day was very very sunny and a big truck, semi-truck I believe that it’s termed Bomber Truck crossed to my oncoming lane and he hit me head on and I never saw it ever. This was when there was no seat belt laws because back in the day there was lap belts and people didn’t use them; back then seat seat belts had a tendency to crawl under the seats because of non-usage. I’m 69, and seriously with all the serious things that have happened in my life I don’t believe sometimes I still on the top side of the ground. Well, my car was a total loss, looked like a pretzel that had a midlife crisis, I went through the windshield after I broke the steering wheel. Spent 7 weeks in the hospital and had brain surgery (yes the surgeon actually found it) ; back then insurance companies actually cared about people and wasn’t interested in kicking people out the next day or so. Lots of younger people wouldn’t remember those times back then. So there it is, I am happy you are here.

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