An untimely meeting

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Yip, that’s our car in that photo above. On Tuesday, on our way to take Ethan to the doctor, we had an untimely meeting with a motorbike.

We were on our way to Panorama Medical Centre to see the paediatrician because Ethan was (and still is) vrek sick. We came to an intersection where we had to turn right. Mark slowed down because the traffic light was red. On his right, was a car turning into the road we were in but behind him was a motorbike, in a hurry to get somewhere. He overtook the car in the bend, accelerated and fucked into our car. Luckily Mark saw him taking the bend and tried to swerve out of the way but because there was a car in the lane next to us, he couldn’t avoid him.

All I remember is Mark saying something along the lines of “look at this idiot”, I glanced up from my phone and saw this blue object hurtling towards us. I heard the metal scraping and an oofh as the man hit the car. I sat there for a few seconds trying to process what had just happened. Then Harper gave a cry, Mark tried to open his door and couldn’t and I jumped out to check on the kids.

Bike, meet car

I opened the back door, made sure Ethan and Harper was fine and shouted at the motorcyclist. I am ashamed that I shouted at him but all I can put it down to is shock. I shouted “My kids are in the car!! My kids!! What were you thinking?!!” and then 2 seconds later, “Are you okay?!?

He was not okay. He had gotten up after falling, collected his boot that had fallen off and went to sit on the grass on the side of the road. I went to him and asked him again if he’s okay. He said he couldn’t move his arm but other than that, he was fine. It looked like he might have dislocated his arm but when Mark called this morning, he was told that he had broken bones and couldn’t work or do anything with that arm for 6 weeks. I tried to call the ambulance, or the police or any freaking emergency service but I just could not get hold of anyone. 2 minutes after the incident occurred, the rapid response was on the scene and took over. They were a massive help and kept everyone calm. They helped us get the information we need for the insurance and even called our insurance for us to inform them of the accident.

Smashed front

I am so grateful that the damage was minimal and mostly only to the vehicle. I am grateful that we weren’t injured. I am grateful that the children were buckled up and safely in the backseat. I am grateful that Mark had the sense to try to swerve because the bike and driver would’ve hit us head on. I am grateful that we chose to change our insurance a month ago and now have an amazing broker that helped us even more.

Mark is depressed and worrying about his other baby. He just wants his car fixed up to the way it was and back where it belongs.

The kids were checked out by the doctor, as we decided to go to our appointment any way. However, I’m struggling a bit today with my back and pelvis. Not sure if it’s related to the accident or if it’s just pain residue from the last time my back was sore. Guess I need to go have it checked out. Ai.

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18 thoughts on “An untimely meeting”

    1. Thank you. I hate that shouting was my first reaction but there was no stopping what came out of my mouth at that point. It could’ve been so much worse and all I kept thinking was that my children were in the car.

    1. Yes, me too. It’s my first accident, think that’s why I’m making such a big deal about it lol

  1. Glad everyone is ok. It must’ve been a traumatic experience for you and the kids. At the end it’s your lives that matter – a car can be fixed or replaced but not a life.

    1. Thanks Noleen. It was a traumatic experience, more so I think because it was the first accident I’ve been in.

  2. Good golly! I’m happy that you guys are OK. I can imagine the shock you had. These things scare the bejeesus out of us. Poor Mark, I feel his pain.

    Take care of that back dear. The cold is no ones friend. ❤

    1. Thanks Melissa! I will. Worried about the kids but I guess I just need to be vigilant and make sure I pick up on anything out of the ordinary.

  3. Oh my God Kim… Glad to hear you are all ok. Please go have your back seen to? It could be bruising from the accident but it could be more than that. It’s much better to be safe than sorry! From what I can pick up Matthew wasn’t in the car, just watch him as well as he might just start feeling guilty because he was not there and wasn’t able to help in anyway?

    1. I went to the doc on Friday and they took x-rays. X-rays are clear but I have a lot of muscle spasms. Doc gave medication and I need to rest. No Matthew wasn’t in the car but we don’t seem to have any issues at the moment. They don’t talk about the car at all but I’ll keep an eye on them. Thank you 😀

  4. Hi all, the biker that had the accident with you, was taken directly to hospital after the accident, taken by his friends, were he went directly into theater, for a 2 hour operation . He has 6 breaks in the left arm, with a stainless steel pin inserted to hold the arm together, with intense pain and still on pain killers ! He cannot work until the arm is Fully recovered. The recovery period is estimated at 6 weeks (with no complications). He is also badly bruised on the left side of his body, left elbow swollen and the right buttock badly bruised. I am glad that no one was hurt in your solid motor vehicle, but please (with all your family been well), please keep this man in your thoughts as he is going though a very tough time. Accidents do happen and although reading through your scary moments after the accident, just remember Kim you, and your family are all well.

    1. Hi Belinda. Thank you so much for the update. It’s scary how intense his injuries are. I’m glad he received treatment and is on the way to recovery. I am sorry that he is in such agony and that although his on his way to recovery, the journey there will be painful. I can’t imagine how much worse it could have ended up, for all of us. I pray he has no complications and is back on his feet, fully recovered, in as little time as possible.

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