thread Happy birthday!
Just been in a traffic accident. We'd pulled over, the car behind us had stopped, the car behind that one didn't stop. Hit the car and pushed it into our van.

There's not a lot of damage, it's still usable, but waiting for the ambulance and police takes bloody ages and waiting to see if the driver who did it takes responsibility or not is quite stressful.
permalink I think he pretty much has to, no?
Why did you pull over (not that it affects the blame, I am just nosey)?

Are you all okay?
permalink We're all OK.
Lady in the middle car got checked out by an ambulance but was fine. Mrsjam was in our van alone, it's got out.

We stopped because we were involved in a road traffic accident and that's the law?
permalink Sorry, I misunderstood
I thought that you had an accident because you were stopped?
permalink The handbrake was on but the engine was running and had a driver
We had stopped not parked.
permalink Ah! So this van has an engine, then?
permalink 4rf
permalink right but I'm with Manley here
why had you pulled over in the first place?
permalink genuinely confused by the chain of events
because as I read it the collision occurred after you stopped because the collision occurred
permalink That is what is confusing me.
It seems that my question was misunderstood, which I have come to learn is nearly always my fault for being a vague arsehole.
permalink I read it as he had stopped, not parked, car behind stopped
and then a second car shunted the other car into his van.
permalink That was my initial reading
but then, when I asked why he had stopped, he said it was because they were involved in a road traffic accident and that's the law.

I am the first to admit that I get all hung up on how I read things and struggle to detangle things.
permalink I like the fact that he clarifies it
as a road traffic accident as opposed to a I've shat myself accident.
permalink First one
then the other
permalink I thought you meant
why did I stop after the accident rather than getting on with my day, sorry.

We were delivering school packs (because a significant number of our families don't have Internet).
permalink Stopped because I needed to shove something through a letter box.
I had got out of the van and closed the door when I heard the first collision (black car hitting the white one), I then turned and saw the white car hit our van.

permalink Now I understand.
Not much to be said - if you drive into the back of a car which safely stopped behind another stopped car then you are 100% culpable.
permalink this
this makes sense
permalink Won't make any difference if he does or doesn't.
Insurance companies or police will decide that.
permalink But there's an hour or two on the pavement till it gets sorted
with someone who is potentially aggressive.
permalink I got a trip in an ambulance!!!!
now I;'m just pain.

Was cycling back from the supermarket, had moved across the white line on the path as someone else was riding up (a surprisingly steep link between Riverside and the big Tesco in Cambridge), as I crossed back over I slipped on the white line (don't do it)(it was damp), fell and collided with a square wooden bollard.

Momentary blackout, fair bit of blood (as scalp injuries are prone to) . Off to hospital, where they put me into minor injuries. Got seen quickly, stitched up, two x-rays because I was complaining of jaw pain (still hurts to eat this morning) but no breaks, just bruised and swollen (thankfully). Also both shoulders hurt and one knee is nastily grazed
permalink :(
permalink ouch
that bit of cycle path is poorly designed. Something about helmets.
permalink Ouchy!
Yay for hospitals and quick stiching and getting you out before you could catch summat nasty.
permalink Ow, nasty
Keep an eye on that heid.
permalink pretty tricky
the wound's round the back and i lack the complex arrangement of mirrors
permalink Video call your laptop
from your phone
permalink You okay hun?

permalink I mean
I wasn't, obviously, and now I've two nights of just abysmal sleep
permalink Would it help
were I to chuckle at your misfortune?
permalink might as well
three nights
permalink From pain?
Or something else?
permalink discomfort
more than pain
permalink Any good painkillers
or any chance of good painkillers?

Or another duvet underneath you for extra cushioning? Or maybe just a mid-morning nap.
permalink they told me to take paracetemol
checking with paramedic sister, that is indeed the painkiller of choice for relatively minor head injuries.

nap sounds like a good plan
permalink That's interesting, I wonder why
Don't forget you can double up with another family if you need to.
permalink I think
possibly because a lot of the side effects of codeine etc are the symptoms you need to be keeping a watch for with concussion.
And I do have housemates to help with purchasing enough

permalink Somehow all the fun is taken out of it when you give me permission.
Seriously though, are you doing okay? I am self isolating and boracic, but if there is anything I can help with . . .