From Daniel Defoe in 1726, to Benjamin Franklin in 1789, to Margaret Mitchell in 1936, authors through time have sardonically offered some version of the proverb that there is nothing certain in life other than death and taxes. I offer the additional point that at least you can predict the latter.
For those who don’t already know, my family (and more significantly, my daughters) recently suffered a tragic loss when my daughters’ father was killed on the evening of Mother’s Day on May 8th. He was on his motorcycle headed to work at the state prison when another driver in a small SUV pulled out in front of him at an intersection. He had the right of way, was wearing a helmet and a reflective safety vest, and was doing all the right things as he traveled, but even taking all the best precautions cannot prevent anothers’ inattention behind the wheel. He died a very short time later from massive internal injuries while en route to the hospital.