I have already shared the most frightening time of my life with all of you back in April, when I told my story of the April 27th tornados and how they impacted my family. I would rather not rehash that and share another time I was afraid.
It seemed like just seconds had gone by, and there were all type of rescue vehicles showing up. A paramedic had come running to my car first. He asked me where the driver was. I told him I was the driver and he just looked at me. He said he just knew when he saw my car that I was ejected and laying on the side of the road somewhere. He wasn’t quite sure how I managed to have gotten out on my own and standing there. He asked me if I could follow him to the ambulance or if I needed to lay on a stretcher. I told him that I didn’t need any medical attention. A cop was walking up as I was saying that and said that I needed to get in the ambulance. I told him there was no point. That as soon as my dad hears about this, he would kill me and be pissed that he has medical bills to pay too!
The paramedic laughed and the cop said, “Honey, when your daddy sees that car and sees that you are OK, everything is going to be just fine. He isn’t going to care about anything else.” Still, I refused medical attention. Probably the biggest mistake I had ever made up to that point in my life. I sure did pay the next day after my adrenaline went down! EVERY muscle and bone in my body hurt. I could barely walk. My back was SOOOO messed up. That is a different story for a different day.
Ashley had called her mom, and her mom and step dad came down to the scene. Ashley’s mom had called the hotel where my dad was staying at and when she arrived she told me that the hotel was driving my dad and sister in a shuttle to come see me. I started to get real nervous because I just knew he was going to yell at me!
The driver in the other car was being treated, she wasn’t wearing her seatbelt and had hit her head on the steering wheel and was unconscious. There was a witness to the accident, a man behind me in a truck had seen everything. He said the other car was FLYING and there was no way that I would have seen them coming. He also said that the other car never even attempted to use their brakes. His story was confirmed by the police, as there was no evidence of tire marks or anything. They were driving nearly 65 mph in a 35 when they hit me. Missouri was a no fault state though, so we were each responsible for our own insurance.
When my dad arrived, he ran up to me and hugged me. He had tears in his eyes. My sister looked frightened. She said that she was in the pool when my dad got the call and they immediately got in to the elevator to get some clothes from the room before they left. She said my dad punched the elevator walls on the ride up. He called me mom, who had stayed behind in Georgia, and told her I was in a bad accident and that Ashley’s mom said that our car was totaled and that was all he knew. So she WORRIED the entire time until she heard my voice later that evening.
My dad thought it was ridiculous that I was worried about getting in trouble and refused medical attention. He said he was just happy I was OK. That a car could be replaced but I couldn’t be. So I was a little relieved even though I knew I would never hear the end of it, and to this day it still gets brought up quite regularly!
After everything was said and done, the blazer had to pretty much be reconstructed on the passenger side. It was only about a thousand dollars away from being totaled. It never drove the same after it was fixed, no car does. The driver of the other car ended up being just fine after she came to. I don’t really feel sorry for her. She should have been wearing her seat belt and not driving so fast. I hate that her kids were not properly restrained and she is really blessed that they were all OK.
If you have ever been in an accident, you know that crashing sound stays with you forever. Those moments right after the accident when I was in shock and didn’t know what was going on were some of the scariest moments of my life. I am so thankful and blessed to have walked away from that accident. While I spent MONTHS in physical therapy for my back, it could have been much worse. I have been in a few accidents since then, all accidents where I have been rear ended or the driver of the car I was in was rear ended, so yeah…you could say I am a little paranoid and certainly defensive in the car.