Several years ago I was driving my car on a sunny, clear and dry spring day.  I was late for an appointment at UBC.  Like many of us I have struggled with the impulse to check my phone and emails while I’m driving my car, even though I know it’s not a smart thing to do because it distracts me from paying proper attention to the traffic around me.  I was following behind another car that had a number of young soccer players in the vehicle on their way to play a game.  I was following them from a safe distance and doing the speed limit.  However, when I quickly looked down at my phone to confirm the address for my appointment, I took my eyes off the road.  The driver of the car in front of me had come to an abrupt stop to accommodate a jogger that had ran up to a crosswalk in front of him.  I slammed on the brakes but it was too late and I crashed into the back of the stopped car.  The impact was so violent that the car in front of me was pushed several meters forward.  There ended up being over $8,000 in damage to my Mazda 3.  The car that I hit actually didn’t look as bad as mine which was surprising to me because I just hammered the back of that vehicle.  When the occupants of the car that I hit got out, they looked confused, angry and distressed.  A couple young women were holding their necks.  Given how hard I hit them I would be really surprised if some or all of them weren’t injured.  I immediately apologized, told them that I was distracted and it was all my fault.  I wish I could say the crash was the first time I’d been using my smart phone while I was driving but it wasn’t.  I don’t know what happened to the people I hit, I hope they are okay.