Was hoping any of you might be able to share your experiences following a relative/friend’s injury that resulted from their negligence.
Short version - a week or so ago, one of my nephews (age 23 - driving parents’ car) crossed the highway centerline at 70 MPH and had a head-on collision w/ another car. Both he and other driver were hospitalized w/ pretty severe injuries. There were 2 additional accidents behind the first. At the scene, my nephew said he just wasn’t paying attention. No substances involved. Middle of the day, clear weather/conditions.
My sister is understandably extremely distressed, and I and my sisters have been trying to support her. Of course, there is extremely little we can do. The nephew is a good kid, and I certainly wish he recovers fully and quickly. Multiple broken bones, but no severe internal injuries. He is very lucky.
But I keep finding my thoughts turning to factors other than just my nephew’s recovery. I wonder how badly the other driver was injured, and how they are doing? I’m wondering how the family feels about the pain and expense he caused the other people, and the longterm financial and legal implications.
Yeah, I know it really is none of my business, but I still find these thoughts coming to mind. (Possibly due - in part - to my wife and me both being lawyers.) Like I said, he is overall a really nice guy - but through this one instance of negligence ha caused several people unnecessary injury and expense. Any thoughts? Am I just a horrible human being? (But, we already know that! ;))