At the end of November last year, I was in a car accident!
If I am being totally honest it was the scariest moment of my life. It all happened in slow motion but at the same time there was nothing that I could do about it. The other driver was charged for turning when they shouldn’t have, but still, not a great situation.
It could have been a lot worse in many ways.
- My kids could have been in the car. I had actually just dropped them at before care and I was on my way to the Go station. Luckily I was alone in the car.
- I could have been hurt much worse, but thanks to a solid car and air bags my worst injuries were a minor concussion and neck and back pain. I am not diminishing the fact that I have been struggling with getting back to work and pain. But again, it could have been much worse
- There were no other major injuries or fatalities. As far as I know the other person walked away from the accident fine, and no other cars were involved.
I have a few things that I have learned since the accident that I wanted to share with you:
- Know exactly where your insurance paperwork is. As I sat in the ambulance after my accident the police officer wanted all of my things to start his report.
- Take care of your car – I am sure that because we did our regular maintenance on the car my breaks working as well as they did made the impact of the crash a little less.
- HAVE INSURANCE – although I have had a million calls and just as much paperwork I have been well taken care of. We had a rental in our driveway just hours after the accident. My physio and therapy has been covered and I have not had to worry.
- Get back behind the wheel – the best advice was given to me by my mother and she said get driving as soon as you can. Doesn’t have to be a long trip, but get driving. The longer you leave it the more difficult it may be to get driving again.
It has been quite the process, and I am still dealing with pain. But I count myself very lucky.
Lucky the accident was not worse.
Lucky to have a spouse, family, friends that take great care of me.
Lucky to have an employer and colleagues who let me focus on getting well again.
We now have a new car which was a whole other process, more to come on that soon!