If you follow some of my social media accounts you may know that last week I was involved in a road traffic collision.
To be fair it was one of the most frightening experiences of my life.
What made it all the more scary was having Jacob (19 months) in the car with me at the time.
The morning started like any other with a school drop off and a list of things to do in my hand. First on the list was a trip to Tesco to get some food and collect a click and collect package that I had ordered.
We live about 25-30 minutes from the Tesco store we go to and it makes for a lovely drive along some country roads and through some villages.
As I was leaving a little country road and about to turn right onto a double planned carriage way leading to a bypass I realised I couldn’t see to my right through the glare of the sun.
So I came to a full stop at the junctions end to triple check it was clear.
Then my car was hit.
Not from the right as I had stopped to check the junctions end properly.
Instead I was hit from behind and shunted across the carriageway in front. I will forever be grateful that there was nothing coming at that precise second as it could have been so much worse.
During the collision I was thrown forward into the steering wheel where i banged my tummy on the steering wheel (damn having short legs) and my head. I also felt a little battered and bruised but nothing was broken or bleeding by my priority was Jacob.
While getting out the car I called the police as my car was obstructing the road and junction and they advised me to get Jacob out the car and away from the collision.
Thankfully the guy that had ploughed into the back of my car helped me get Jacob out and he seemed totally unhurt and even unfazed and in part I am putting it down to his rear facing car seat!
I don’t think I ever realised just how vulnerable babies and children are in the back of a car until that morning. So many people don’t use car seats correctly or are not fitted safely and this really can be so dangerous.
After swapping details and taking some photos for the insurance company we decided to move our cars out the way but with my car seats no longer safe to use I had to call my husband to come out of work to fetch Jacob to take him home while I waited for the AA to come as the back-end of my car had been damaged.
While waiting I had the pleasure of being breathalysed by the police as they arrived at the scene and then waited some more for the AA … who took nearly 2 hours to turn up.
After the lovely AA guy turned up he bent my bumper and wheel arch back so it was no longer sticking into my back tyre and secured my boot lid as it was no longer staying closed. I was then given the all safe to limp home and await collection from the insurance companies garage.
Although on the outside there didn’t seem to be too much damage I was told by the AA guy that the boot floor had all been shunted out-of-place and with being an older car the insurance might write it off.
If I’m honest I am hoping it’s not the case, its done less than 83,000 miles and it has been super reliable for the 7 years we have owned it.
I honestly wouldn’t wish that feeling of blind panic on having your kids in the car during a car accident on my worst enemy … I hope I never ever have another Friday like that again!
Now we wait for the aftermath of paperwork, phone calls and chaos that a car accident brings with it.