Letter: Drivers think air bags will spare them injury

I agree with the correlation between how serious we perceive car crash consequences to be and the level of care we take behind the wheel.

To the editor:

Re: Sept 11, 2014 “More Detailed Accuracy for Car Accident Injuries” in Achieving Justice column by Paul Hergott.

Mr. Hergott deserves our congratulations for having the intestinal fortitude to call out the media in “Happy Ville.”

As someone who has experience as an insurance agent and financial planning consultant for the past 20 years, I recognize the perception that media gives the public on the issue referenced.

With respect to police commentary at scene or from reports, is the editor suggesting that police are offering “medical diagnosis” that the reporter then refers to?  At the same time, are insurance companies referring to police reports that include references to sustained injuries, internal and external, made by first responders?

Disability insurance claims are significantly more comprehensive in nature. Some side effects from accidents are not only physical, but emotional as well.

I am in full agreement with Mr. Hergott’s assertion of the correlation between how serious we perceive car crash consequences to be and the level of care we take behind the wheel.  From my perspective the feeling is that the more air bags we have, or all-season tires, we [think we] are safe from our own behaviour. Technology cannot save us from lack of common sense.

Mike Trenn, West Kelowna

 

 

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