Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Accident Update

I was going through back posts looking for new comments and found this comment posted on the last update I gave, left by an anonymous viewer, so I have no way to reply, except in this post!

"First time I have been to your blog, not sure how I got here, but I did.
I found your accident scenario interesting as I am a claims adjuster. I am bit curious to know what state you live. I live in Ca and it is required by law that the insurance company replace your car seat. Also, what carrier are you dealing with? I would seek for loss of use what a rental car for a vehicle similar to yours would be. I am very curious to know what state you live in and what company you are dealing with."

In answer to your question, anonymous viewer, we are in WA and are dealing with Progressive (the other driver's insurance). They did very recently call and say they WILL be replacing both the carseat and the stroller (huge sigh of relief over here...yahoo!), but the dollar amount they will be giving us has yet to be determined. They're waiting to hear back from the manufacturers about the price of a current, comparable model for both items. As for the loss of vehicle payment, I will be dealing with that at the time they get back to me about the dollar amount for the carseat and stroller.

As for the rest of the udpate, we did get the van back late Friday evening, and we CAN hear glass rattling around. I'm annoyed and frustrated, and although I know that the auto body place did their best (remember, I was warned they could clean it for days and I'd still hear stuff more than likely), I am still very frustrated. My car didn't rattle over bumps and around corners BEFORE the ding dong rear-ended me, and now it does!! GRRRRRR!! Thankfully, it's not an all the time thing, but since Friday night, Dan and I have heard it five times between the two of us. On the plus side of things, the van looks great, and was sorely in need of a good vacuuming prior to the accident, and now it's had one...LOL

My back doesn't ache all day long like it did prior, but the muscles are still tight and I can feel a "soreness" to my side when I move certain ways. Prolonged standing or sitting is still uncomfortable and I constantly feel the need to try and stretch my side, but it never helps. But again, the constant ache has improved in the last 2.5 weeks. I was supposed to have my second PT massage today, but they had to cancel, so it will be another week now before I get the second one.

I don't know if this is a touch of PTSD, or if it was just a natural fight/flight response of adrenalin, but I was at a stop light today, stopped, and heard the squeal of brakes and tires, and my heart started pounding like mad and I was frantically looking around to see where it was coming from, praying it wasn't heading towards ME. It was a truck coming from the side street leading into the four-way intersection, with no one stopped in front of it, and though it definately stopped past the white line, it wasn't really out in traffic, thankfully. I was shaking slightly and breathing rather hard, though! When I first heard that sound, I was sure I was going to get rear-ended again.

The kids are still doing fine and life is back to normal as far as they are concerned.


Matt & Jodi said...

You poor thing! It's always scary for me to drive after being in an accident (I've been in three, only one my fault, and that one involved going over a curb and landscaping my car in a median).

When Matt and I were first married, we were in a pretty bad accident where we went through a yellow light and hit two different people (one of whom didn't see us and turned left right in front of us). We were driving an old, very sturdy (read very HARD) Jeep. When we crashed, my knees hit the firewall and the lap belt dug into me. I'm still having mild problems from that (9 1/2 years later), but the point of the whole thing is, I was scared. A couple weeks later when I was driving into Phoenix for school, I had to drive through the same intersection and I turned into a blubbering idiot. I cried the whole way to school (about 45 minute drive). I was really paranoid that everyone was going to crash into me. After about a week of driving it every day, I got quite a bit less paranoid.

Sorry to hear about all your "stuff" you have to deal with. That's really crappy. I'm glad they've agreed to get you a new carseat and stroller, though (those dorks). I Hope everything else goes well. :0)

Erika said...

I am so glad they are replacing your things. What a pain to have to deal with them though.

It is a bummer that you didn't get your massage. I bet that will really help.

It is amazing how kids just bounce back with out thinking twice. They are very in the moment. I'm glad that no one was seriously hurt and that you are recovering.

Kaci said...

Ugh Leah!! :( I'm sorry you have/had to deal with all this. This weekend I drove by the spot where my best friend Amy died in her car accident (9 years ago) and I cried. It's all very scary and so real. Makes me want to live life to the fullest though. I love you and hope you feel better very soon. XOXO

Betsy said...

I'm glad you are feeling a bit better, hoping you are back to 100% soon! I am also really glad they are replacing the carseat and stroller... what a relief! Anyway, thanks for the update.

Kellan said...

I think it is hard to get past the trauma and you feel it for a while and feel skidish for a while. I'm glad to hear they are going to replace the carseat and stroller and sorry about the glass and rattles. I hope it gets better.

Take care - Kellan

shell said...

Thats great news about the carseat and stroller. I have never heard they do that.