I was a passenger in small Toyota Matrix. My friend was driving and we were proceeding through a green light at an intersection when all of a sudden another vehicle turned left in front of us. My head was down at the time, but when I looked up, there was a car directly in front of us. I had less than a second to brace for impact. We t-boned the other car at city speeds. My airbag deployed and I sustained significant and debilitating injuries. I was working as a Pipe Fitter in a very physical industry at the time. Because of my injuries, I was forced to miss nearly a year of work. The Police officer noted on the police report that the other driver was inattentive and issued her a ticket. Less than two years later, I was a passenger in another vehicle and we were in stop-and-go traffic on the Second Narrows bridge. We were rear-ended by a Cadillac Escalade at full speed. When we got out of the car, the other driver apologized and admitted that he was not paying attention. I later found out that the damage to my colleague’s work van was $23,000! The combined effect of these two accidents is that I am no longer competitive in my chosen physical career. At 28 years old, I am already at a physical disadvantage and going back to school to switch to a career that is less physical. On top of all this, my injuries have nearly ruined my relationship with my girlfriend. If she didn’t have the patience of a saint then she’d have left me years ago—and I wouldn’t have blamed her.