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Accident today with kids in back

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jilted Fri 15-Aug-14 19:50:18

Today I was waiting at a pedestrian crossing when a truck went into the back of me. I thought the car had exploded. Was in quite a bit of shock. Luckily husband had taken day off and decided to come out too. We had our 3 kids (9 months, 2 and 4 y/o) in the car. Obviously very shaken and all screaming.
Thecwhole of the back window was shattered all over the car. We even had glass in the front seats. We found glass in their car seats to but after a while they calmed down and all seem fine tonight.
I'm still jittery but have started having lower back pain and feel exhausted.
I wondered if this was normal after an accident and also I'm worried about how the kds will react going out in the car again. I wondered if anyone had been here and how your kids coped.
Is there anything I should look out for in the next few days?
Also are the kids likely to have whiplash if it is not showing yet?
Ty,
Its my first traffic incident �� but the other guy fully accepted responsibility and his insurance are paying out. Still, I'm not feeling very confident about going out next.

HungryHorace Fri 15-Aug-14 19:59:37

Sorry you've had an accident. It sounds scary for you.

Whiplash can develop over a few days, so yes, keep an eye out for signs of discomfort / pain.

Make sure you get your car seats replaced by the third party insurer as well. You shouldn't use them again as an impact can damage them.

How you're feeling is also normal. I hope you are able to sleep ok.

Suddengeekgirl Fri 15-Aug-14 20:01:24

That sounds horrible!

Big un-Mumsnetty hugs! cake wine and thanks

I had a similar accident when pg with dd - other driver totally at fault, all covered by their insurance etc. I was ok, once I knew dd was fine. But then the next day I was aching all over - think whiplash can take a while to kick in. I would getti the GP ASAP, they an assess your injuries and prescribe any nice drugs you might need. And, worse case scenario, if it affects you long term/ means time off work etc then you can add that to the insurance claim.

I would recommend getting back in the car as soon as you feel physically fit - bit like falling off a horse - it's best to just do it and not worry too much about it. After all the accident wasn't anything to do with your driving!

Hope you all feel better soon!

elvenbread Fri 15-Aug-14 20:02:30

Have you had the kids checked out at the hospital? Might be worth getting a check. You'll be fine in time but you might dwell on it for longer than they do. It's horrible when it happens. I got hit a year ago and had to drive an hour home. Luckily my car was built like a tank so the buckling didn't leave it undrivable. I was quite shook up. Go to the docs. Better to be safe than sorry.

Loubelles Fri 15-Aug-14 20:08:56

Were the police and ambalance called?

When I was rear ended I had neck, shoulder and back pain. Please keep an eye on it and get checked out including the children. 3 years later I still suffer from shoulder/back pain because of it. The tiredness is probably the adrenaline wearing off. I spent about 6 hours at a and e on a spinal board (most uncomfortable thing ever!). I was ok till about 8pm that night then just wanted to sleep but couldn't because kept recalling incident. (Tho I did have a very lucky escape to walk away with just a suspected broken nose!)

Also you MUST claim the insurance for new car seats (you probably have but just making sure) as although they may not look damaged they could be!

Glad you're all safe and not physically hurt. I got back in a car and drove that night otherwise I would never have done it again. I'd suggest taking the children out in a car as soon as possible.

Keep you feet up thanks wine

jilted Fri 15-Aug-14 20:09:11

Thank you �� I haven't had them checked out even, they 'seem' ok but I will keep a close eye. I hadn't thought about adding car seats to the claim hungry, that's a good idea. (I know they have to be changed now)

BertieBotts Fri 15-Aug-14 20:09:48

Get checked over, all of you. But kids likely to be ok, their joints etc are more flexible so less chance of injury (or something).

Agree don't use the car seats, you should be able to claim on insurance to get them replaced.

Try to get out again in the car ASAP, the longer you leave it it will feel like a bigger deal.

Sorry this happened sad It's horrible.

jilted Fri 15-Aug-14 20:14:24

Loubelles, can I call them back and 'add' the seats to the claim even though I didn't (forgot) to mention it before?
We did not call the police or ambulance. Luckily, we were just outside a forestation and several firemen came out and cleared up the glass in the road and took us inside until our neighbour came to pick up the kids.
Because everyone seemed ok my husband didn't feel the need to especially as thy helped us. The guy quite readily handed over his details too and we sorted that out ok.

HungryHorace Fri 15-Aug-14 20:18:16

Give them a call and tell them about the seats, yes. Until you've agreed a figure for everything the claim isn't settled anyway.

Hassled Fri 15-Aug-14 20:21:25

No advice but - you've had a hell of a shock, and that may well take a day or so to adjust to. Be prepared for being wobbly for a while. Hope you're OK.

jilted Fri 15-Aug-14 20:26:50

Ok, thank you. Ty hassled smile

Loubelles Fri 15-Aug-14 20:27:18

I would call them back, explain you forgot in the whole goings on that they need to be replaced. I'm sure they'd understand I bet it happens a lot. (They may have even noted it down if they knew the children where in the car) If I remember I think they send a form for you to fill out about losses etc. So it will probably just go on there but if you haven't mentioned it in a call they might be a bit confused.

slithytove Fri 15-Aug-14 20:41:25

I was in a similar accident, no kids though, and whiplash and back pain developed a day later. 6 months on and I was in daily worsening agony. NHS physio did nothing.

Turned out the accident had jarred my back and I had a squashed vertebrae - unfixable. sad I will have back pain for life now.

Definitely get to doctors.

slithytove Fri 15-Aug-14 20:42:27

And if there is a personal injury claim I would avoid going via insurers and instead find a trusted solicitor. I'm currently going down this road 2 years on.

jilted Fri 15-Aug-14 21:41:38

Oh no Sli they, sounds awful. Did you have any pain immediately after the accident? My lower back pain just started this evening but no neck pain or anything else as of yet.
I was trying to work out what sort of impact we had. The damage is all in back door s far as I can see. We have one large dent in the middle and the whole windscreen shattered over the car. It was a truck/small lorry that went into me (Cor Sa) I know it could have been much worse but could this kind f impact result in whiplash?

jilted Fri 15-Aug-14 21:42:37

Sorry for all my predictive text typos!

HungryHorace Fri 15-Aug-14 21:52:17

Whiplash isn't just neck pain; it's neck / shoulder / back etc. So your lower back pain is whiplash / soft tissue injury.

And yes, the impact you suffered is typical of those causing whiplash / personal injury.

If you want any advice re making a claim just ask as I work for a firm of solicitors specialising in personal injury claims (though I've been off on mat leave for most of the last 2 years!).

jilted Fri 15-Aug-14 21:58:42

Oh ok Horace, thank you.
I'm just learning about all this. I'm going to have some hot milk and go to bed I think.
The last think I need is a bad back with 3 kids under 5 !!

MsAdorabelleDearheartVonLipwig Fri 15-Aug-14 23:22:44

Just as an aside, and I'm sure it's not a priority right now, but have you got legal cover? When my dh's car was hit by someone else our insurance company not only paid for the car and all the stuff inside but a few months later we got a cheque for £3,500 in compensation. Weren't expecting it and it was a lovely surprise.

Hope you're all ok. You've had a nasty shock, give yourself a few days.

slithytove Fri 15-Aug-14 23:54:45

I was hit by a white van going at 30, I was stationary. Glass was all fine but the bumper was caved in.

I was shunted out onto a roundabout - it was the suddenness of the movement that caused my back to jar in my doctors opinion.

They have my claim in a certain bracket, and the personal injury side of it (insurance company fixed the car and did a hire car at the time) is coming in at £10k on the last offer. It's a long process but worthwhile. They are also requesting money back for my time and petrol attending various appointments, increased insurance cost to me, etc.

My pain kicked in the next day. Neck pain lasted a fortnight, back pain is still in existence and always will be. Can't be medicated either as I'm pregnant and will be bf.

MooseBeTimeForSpring Sat 16-Aug-14 01:58:58

It's always best to get checked out, so that evidence of they will be on your medical records. Helps with any claim for personal injury. Keep associated receipts for parking, physio etc.

ineedausername Sat 16-Aug-14 07:06:08

I'm so sorry this happened to you sad
It happened to me to a few months ago, I was driving along at 30 and a woman came out of a junction and right into the front passenger side. I had my 2 year old in the car at the time. We had police and ambulance called, everyone was checked by paramedics. All the airbags went off, front windscreen shattered.
Luckily me and my son were fine and we were both checked at the scene by paramedics. I was really sore after a few days, but it was all aches from where the seatbelt was and on my face from the airbags.
Definitely chase up about car seats, it took a few weeks to get our vouchers through. Our car was written off, as was the other ladies.
It did knock my confidence, for a while I was extremely wary at junctions and roundabouts but that seems to be passing now as I gain my confidence again.
I would take yourselves all to be checked out, but in the mean time just try and relax. I was very teary the next day, but the paramedic said I would be once the adrenaline stopped and my brain was processing .

HungryHorace Sun 17-Aug-14 11:28:35

Unless you have a complicated injury the medical experts don't see your medical records. It used to be standard to get these to provide to the expert. Under the system which came in in April 2010, if the claim is in the online claims portal (i.e. liability has been admitted within 21 days of submitting the claim) then the notes will only be obtained if the medical expert feels they are necessary, for instance if you have history of back pain already etc.

I wouldn't advise going to your GP unless you feel you need to, unless the pain is prolonged / ongoing for a while as you'll just be told to take ibuprofen / paracetamol and keep as mobile as possible. You'll just be blocking an appointment for someone who really needs it.

I hope you're not feeling too bad today, OP.

jilted Sun 17-Aug-14 12:06:42

Thanksyou both. I feel fine now in general. Little achy in back still but certainly nothing to worry me.
I'm a bit worried though now as dh said he had some blood in his Stool today. I am wondering if this could be related or not?
Everyone else seems fine. Kids are back to their normal selves and 2 year old keeps asking who broke our car and when it will be better!!

specialsubject Sun 17-Aug-14 12:23:39

your husband needs to get that checked quickly.

kids are probably fine - car seats give them far greater protection than you have. Make sure someone destroys those seats before they go to the dump so they can't be used again.

and yes, they go on the claim. BTW if your car is more than a few years old it is probably a write-off so make sure you get the money you deserve.

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