A few weeks ago, I responded to a traffic collision where a pedestrian was hit by a truck. When I arrived, I saw a full sized truck parked on the side of the road and an injured pedestrian sitting on the curb talking with fire personnel.
The pedestrian was a male in his early 60s and looked a little banged up. The poor guy was in the crosswalk when the collision occurred.
After I was done speaking to the pedestrian, I went up to the driver of the truck and asked, “What happened?”
The driver, who was genuinely concerned for the pedestrian said, “I’ve been having problems with my blind spot.”
I had never heard that one before. In fact, I almost started laughing, but he was fragile at the movement, so I just went with, “We all have blind spots.”
He got what I was saying and explained what he meant. After he was done, I told him I knew what he was talking about because the same thing almost happened to me.
Those spontaneous statements are one of the best parts about this job. You just never know what people are going to say.