Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Thank Heavens for Trailer Hitches!

Last Thursday I was in an accident with the kids on the 101 freeway. It was sooooo scary. Traffic was at a complete stop. I was nervous that the person behind me (who was driving a heavy duty van) wasn't going to stop so I was watching in my mirror prepared to pull out on to the side of the road if I needed to. Well luckily he stopped so I focused on the traffic ahead of me wishing it would go because it was already way past Justin's nap time. All of a sudden I heard the screech of tires and then a loud bang as our car was pushed forward. The car behind the van didn't stop! It was a little Honda Accord. After the initial shock wore off that we were just in an accident, I turned to calm the kids. Luckily, Isabelle only cried for a minute and then went back to sleep, but the look on Justin's face will be something that I will remember always and it still brings tears to my eyes when I think of it. He was so scared and had huge tears falling down his face. He did eventually calm down and thankfully our new car has a DVD player and so he just went back to watching the elephant movie (Ice Age). I then called Dave, who was in the area, and he rushed over to help keep me and the kids calm. When I finally did get out to look at the damage to the car (which we hadn't even added to our insurance yet) I was amazed to find that the only damage was to the trailer hitch. It saved our car! It stopped the giant van behind us from crashing into the bumper and doing any major damage. The next hour was filled with firemen, highway patrol and ambulances. Luckily everyone was okay, even in the other cars. The firemen took our vitals and when he was checking Justin out, who was still in his carseat, Justin was getting mad because he couldn't see his movie! Obviously, Justin is okay and thankfully so is Isabelle. I was a little sore at first, but felt fine the next day. Of course I didn't have my drivers license or proof of insurance with me, but thankfully the cop let me off and didn't even give me a lecture. He could probably tell I was already stressed enough! I know that the Lord was looking out for us and kept us safe and I am very grateful for that!

5 comments:

Chad & Linda said...

How Scary! I'm glad you and your kids are okay. Seriously a huge blessing!!

Rach said...

That is terrible! I'm sorry you had to go through that, but very glad you're all okay. It's just that the sinking "oh no" feeling can stay with you a while. I also wouldn't want to be left with the memory of the look on Justin's face.

Maylene said...

I'm glad you guys are ok. That sounded awful...especially since you were on the freeway. I am always so grateful that so far we have escaped being in any car accidents, even the minor kind.

Chandler said...

I can't believe this!! Like you don't have enough stress already! I'm so grateful everyone was ok. I actually have an irrational fear of car accidents- so I really feel for you. Love ya!

Nutts said...

I keep checking back with you guys but no new posts! Don't leave me hangin'!!!