On a normal morning drive to work, I was hit by another vehicle. I was in a car crash. I honestly had never experienced anything like it before, and not just the crash but the adrenaline, the shock, the emotions afterwards. And most importantly, what was going to happen next. I was completely oblivious. I had people around me I could ask for advice or what happened when they had a similar experience, but it’s a pretty personal one isn’t it? Dealing with the insurance companies, sorting out your vehicle and also looking after yourself. Maybe there was physical injury, or PTSD or anything that comes with a particularly distressing event like this.
As I was on my way to work, driving in the bus lane, I was hit. I looked in the mirror and it was a big white van. My car spun and I was hit again. My eyes closed and all of a sudden, I’m on the opposite side of the road and my car had stopped moving or even being alive. My car was in someone’s garden wall and I was inside. I panicked. I looked down “could I feel my legs?”, my back really hurt, my head hurt and my arm hurt. Everything felt a little numb though. I felt like whatever had just happened, wasn’t real, surely it wasn’t?! A man I didn’t know came and opened my car door. His hands were firmly on either side of my head and he was reassuring me. I trembled and I was shaking but I just couldn’t cry, I felt like I really really needed to cry. He told me he was going to guide me to sit in the passenger seat of his car whilst we waited for the ambulance and the police (I think there were around 4 passers by all frantically calling the emergency services and asking if there was anything they could do). I told people my details were in my bag on the passenger seat, asked them to ring work from my phone and to call my partner. It wouldn’t be the nicest call anyone had had but I was relatively OK and I was talking and he needed to know.
The ambulance arrived and the paramedic took me into the back to sit down, gave me some pain relief and water and helped me calm down. He talked to me about his kids and my family and Christmas plans and basically the usual small talk stuff, it helped though. And then I cried. He took some details and the police came to deal with the car so the paramedics could take me to hospital, which was luckily down the road. I was seen by a doctor and discharged with the diagnosis of whiplash. But I was OK. The next few days, I was in absolute agony. I couldn’t lift my child, bending and lifting and general things I needed to do, I couldn’t. But my mum came round with drinks and essentials from the shop, my nanna brought me a heated blanket and a neck pillow and my partner helped with absolutely everything. I had a ton of phone calls to make, to my insurance, to my legal team, about private physio, to my work, to the police, to my GP for a sick note and pain relief.
The help from my legal team
I want to talk about the help I received from my legal team as honestly they were so brilliant. And still are. My insurance passed on my details to them after a very long phone call describing every little thing I remember from the accident. They rang me and explained who they were and the plan of action in every little detail. Cue me sat there in my PJ’s, heat packs everywhere with my little notebook and pen asking them to repeat everything so I could write it correctly. But honestly, they were so so lovely. I do highly recommend if you’re ever in a situation similar, that you get a lawyer or a legal team, Prime Lawyers are specialists in Personal & Criminal Law. I had to have weeks of physio but also, they helped me to get some compensation and they did most of the work so I didn’t have to worry about too much. There’s still part of it we are sorting through together, but they wanted to help me as much as they could in the meantime.
I’ve honestly been so stressed and worked up about what had happened. And I still haven’t stopped stressing. I didn’t drive for around 4 weeks and then I went and found another car as mine had been written off. 5 days after picking the car up, it was stolen from my street and found in a nearby area. But one I wasn’t willing to go and retrieve the car from (although it probably would have been easier than having it recovered and having to pay for that, waiting for forensics and then having to repair the damaged window and replace the locks). But that definitely didn’t help. Especially as I needed my car for work most importantly. But it’s over now. It’s all happened and it’s all in the past in a sense. But I definitely wouldn’t have managed without any of the help I received and professionals explaining everything like I’m an alien.