They say that life happens in an instant, but I never believed that, I had no reason to.
Due to COVID-19, the majority of the ATV/side-by-side parks and trails had shut down, so our weekends were boring, not muddy, and we were missing our friends. Well, we got the news that Carolina Adventure World was opening back up and it was like the heavens shined down on us. We decided that we were going to get out of the house, get some fresh air, and drink some beer with friends.
The day started out like any other, we packed up the car and trailer, and went out to enjoy our day. We had some small issues here and there, but they were fixed, so we were ready to start having fun. After a long dusty day on the trails, we decided to head over to the drag strip for a couple of runs. No issues. Then, we decided to do some donuts.... this is where things went wrong. The donuts threw up such a cloud of dust that we couldn’t see anything, the next thing we felt was a massive hit and loud bang. We had hit a truly massive boulder head-on at a sizable speed.
Our seats unlocked and slid forward, throwing us both into the dashboard, my goggles went flying off and landed ten feet away. All I could feel was pain and my harness squishing me. From my seat sliding forward, my harness got too tight and I had trouble unlatching it, causing a massive panic attack. Thankfully, I was able to get it off, opened the door, and almost threw myself down in a complete panic. My husband got out and immediately came over to make sure I was okay, but all I could see was the blood dripping down his leg. I was able to catch my breath enough to finally comprehend that we were both fine but the Can-Am was not. These machines are built to withstand wrecks and it definitely did. We don’t know how much damage there is yet, but all I care about is we’re okay.
Saturday night when we got home, I immediately showered to remove the fifteen pounds of dust and dirt, and started to assess the damage on myself. Bruised and scraped left knee, bruised jaw, bruises on my stomach from where my hand was placed, but the one that got me the most was the red stripe and bruise down my shoulder. In looking at it, I realized that one red line basically saved my life. If we didn’t have our harnesses on, this would’ve been a very different situation. We would’ve likely been thrown from the machine, just like my goggles were.
Between the two of us, we have three scraped and bruised knees, a bruised jaw, two scraped arms, two mild concussions, sore muscles, and countless bruises and scratches. I will take this any day over what could have been.
Life happens in an instant. Be sure that whether you’re off-road or in a car, please wear a seat belt. I never thought I would be writing something about the importance of a one, but now knowing how differently my story could’ve played out, I needed to share my story.
Wear your seat belts, hug your loved ones, and be thankful everyday.