Author: 22 years old, Yemen
Back in 2019, two of my sisters, three friends of ours, and I went to a trip to the pyramids in Egypt it was around 4-5 AM in the morning. I was driving my father’s friend car, a Kia Cerrito 2015 that has not been serviced in a long time. On the way back from that trip, after we finished visiting the Pyramids. I was driving around 60-0 km/h and because the car was in a bad condition, we got into a car accident. When I was driving back there was a red light, I tried pressing the break, but the breaks did not hold, it kind of just slipped and going in that speed I hit another car, which cause the other car to hit a third car. The accident was a bit strong that the airbags actually blew off and one of the airbags somehow burned my hand and I got marked in my right hand until now. After the accident, it costed us around 10,000$ to actually fix the cars and for a long period of time I couldn’t sleep because every time I close my eyes and try to sleep, I re live the accident and seeing it again and again made me start imagining if something happened to us. Luckily, we all got out all safe, but in my dreams, I imagine someone actually did happen to us. I kind of blamed myself because I knew that the car was not in a good condition, yet I did not take that into consideration while driving. I could not sleep because of guilt because of my recklessness, I could have killed or injured someone. It has been almost a year and a half since the accident, but I still have this phobia from car breaks. Every time I am in a car driving it or in the passenger seat, I start fearing that the breaks would slip away. So, if I am driving, I will press the break 6-7km before the red light, or before I actually see another car and if someone else is driving and pressed the break a little late, I actually panic because every time I get into a car I see that accident happening again.