An Open Letter to the Guy Who Caused the Accident



Accidents happen, which you cannot control. I want you to know that I am not mad.  Although, I am sure that you were not paying attention while driving. That is pretty dangerous.

There are other people on the road and you need to respect the other drivers. Please remember families are on the road.

Thankfully, you hit my side of the vehicle. The cuts, bruises, and soreness will heal over time, but the emotional trauma will take longer. My daughter was terrified as our vehicle flipped. I cannot make sense of it for her, which saddens me. To see someone you love so shaken and scared is scarier than the impact of your car. You took something from her that day, you took her safety.


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Please understand that I forgave you even before you checked on me and her. I have no ill will toward you. I am glad that you are okay. What happened was not okay, but I cannot go back and change that. Neither can you. Hopefully, you will make better choices in the future.

When I come to a side street, intersection, or an exit from a building my heart stops. I am still nervous about being behind the wheel of a car. I still see the accident replay over and over in my head, and in slow motion.

There is no escaping it. I don’t remember much about it. But I remember my child screaming and crying. That memory I would love to fade, but I will probably carry that with me like the scar left on my leg.

Thank the lucky stars you weren’t injured, which I am glad you weren’t.

In the past, I wished to know what you were thinking or doing. But I don’t now. Now, I wish you the best in your life. I hope that you take this experience and learn from it. Please, take this second chance and do something great with it, I know I am.


The Mom of the Car You Hit


  1. This happened to my daughter and myself when she was two and a huge fear of everything was instilled in her that day, where she used to be fearless.

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