Posted on 11:18am Sunday 12th May 2013
Listed under: Views & Ramblings
If you have ever been in a car accident you know just how shocking and unpleasant it can be. Even if it is just a small shunt, the shock can really affect your confidence on the road. The jolt of an impact can cause injury and panic and if you don’t respond in the correct way, the consequences in both the short term and long term can be very damaging. I vividly remember my daughter looking at me and asking "mummy, did we just crash?", thankfully we were both okay.
Having dealt with the motor fleet of previous companies I have worked for, I do know what I should have been doing but even I needed a reminder. Essentially, the things to do after an accident can be broken down into three stages – immediate, short term and long term. In the immediate aftermath of an accident you should try not to panic. Don’t move suddenly or try and get out of the car unless it is necessary or you have made sure you are ok to do so. Remember that shock may take over and you might not realise the extent of your injuries and always tend to yourself before checking on others.
Get out of danger
If it is safe to get out the car, check on the well-being of other people involved and call the police and an ambulance. It is always better to err on the side of caution. Remove yourself and any other people from any danger and stand well away from the car or road. (we had to get the air ambulance out to us as we were in a rural area, which was more embarressing for me than it was actually needed)
In the short term you need to swap insurance details and make sure the police have a full account of what happened. You may need to try and get statements from other witnesses as these could come in handy later on. Make sure you get the details of all involved. Names, addresses, numbers, license plates – any information you can get may be useful. It may also be a good idea to take photos of damage to any cars. Try and build up a complete picture of the incident as best as you can.
In the longer term you need to try and assess what happened and who was at fault. You will need to involve the relevant insurance companies and establish a claim if you were not at fault. The payment we received for this post, will help go towards next year's car insurances :-)
Don't forget that all the information gathered from witnesses, police and photographic evidence at the time of the accident may be useful. It is always a good idea to use specialist lawyers like http://www.injurylawyers4u.co.uk if you think you are entitled to a claim as they specialise in these kinds of cases.
If like me, you follow all these steps correctly, you can get the best possible outcome from any accident but I do hope that you genuinely never have to use them.
Posted on 6:26am Friday 10th May 2013
Listed under: News
Today is my beautiful daughters birthday and whilst she may drive me nuts at times, I am thankful for her every single day. It may seem odd to say that but you may remember a while ago, that we did a post about a fellow blogger who found her baby girl forever sleeping on the 2nd February 2013. Matilda Mae was one in 600 babies who die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in the UK each year. I have been in awe of Jennie's strength and dignity and she has articulated their tragic journey so carefully, emotionally and beautifully, it makes me want to hug my own children a little tighter and be grateful every day.
Matilda Mae will never be forgotten by her family, the blogging community and every single person her story has touched and that is why we want to share the details of The Lullaby Trust. The Lullaby Trust funds research into SIDS so that families like Matilda’s can be supported and try and find the answers they so desperately need. The Lullaby Trust also guides and supports families in making the first steps towards growing their family once more, with their Care of Next Infant program. They also provide a bereavment support service and help to educate parents on the importance of safe sleeping.
Jennie has been approached by many companies offering support, so an auction is due to open tomorrow, May 11th and will run until May 20th. It is being run by Tots100.
We genuinely hope that you will show some support for the auction, even if it sharing this post with your friends on Facebook or Twitter or maybe even placing a bid yourself.
Thank you for reading x
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