Monday, December 17, 2007

Praise God for Safety!

Good morning! You have no idea how glad I am to be saying that this morning! On the way home from taking Sam to WA for the work week, we were involved in an accident. It was minor and no one was hurt, but we were pretty shaken up last night. Three out of the four of us didn't sleep well last night, either.

It happened as Wes was passing a car on Highway 1, the only "interstate" highway here. He had the cruise control set to about 65 mph (it was in kilometers per hour, so that's a guesstimate - 100 kph), when we came upon a car going slower than we were. Wes signalled and moved into the left lane, remarking after we got into the lane that the guy coming up behind us needed to slow down. I wasn't paying much attention, because he's always talking to the drivers around us, and as I bent over to pick up my purse to get my chap stick out, I felt a huge jar and heard a loud bang. I thought there had been something in the road and we had run over it, like a big piece of wood or something. It is so unlike Wes to just run over something, though. I said, "What in the world was THAT?" and Wes said, "We've just been rear-ended!" I couldn't believe it! We were moving down the highway at 65 mph, and a car was going fast enough to rear-end us and stop us in our tracks! Wes had seen him in his rear-view mirror as we changed lanes, far behind us, and this guy overtook us after we were beside the car Wes was passing - a good 5-10 seconds after we changed lanes! He was moving on, and apparently not paying much attention to the traffic around him.

Praise the Lord, none of us were hurt; neither was the other guy or his passenger. I think his vehicle was messed up a little more than ours, but he could still drive it. Since there were no injuries and the vehicles were still drivable, the police didn't even come to the scene (I'm still puzzled over why the police don't come unless there are injuries or the cars can't be driven away - in the US, you always, always wait for the police to take statements, etc. for the insurance, but not here). Our rear van door, the bumper, and left tail lights are demolished, as is one of the side doors on the van, from being pushed from behind. Wes did an excellent job of keeping the car on the road when we were hit and moving across three lanes to the side of the road safely. Traffic was light, which made that much easier. We had unloaded our church sound and music equipment before we left, or that stuff would have been damaged too - another thing to be thankful for.

So now we start the insurance process of repairs and liability and all that. Please pray that all would go well and God would be magnified before others!

16 comments:

  1. PRAISING the Lord.....WOW...
    and for ALL of you..
    BTW...
    WE got rear ended a few months ago and BECAUSE no one was injured...the police wouldn't come....just exchanged insurances...and we are in WA. State.....
    Just take it easy today....
    It is in those situations you realize again, how short life is...
    Thankful...you are all okay...
    Deby

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  2. Oh, my!!! I'm glad the Lord kept you all safe! I hope the trauma wears off and you are able to get some sleep.

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  3. Praising the Lord with you that no one was hurt!!!!!!

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  4. Oh my! I am so thankful no one was hurt! How very scary!

    I just prayed for you...that the Lord would work out all the details out for the insurance claims, ect...

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  5. Barbara H.1:23 PM

    So glad you all are all right!

    Barbara H. @ Stray Thoughts

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  6. Susan,
    I'm so happy you were not hurt.. and the Lord was with you and kept you all safe...
    He will also be with you as you start the Insurance hassle...
    I pray that the trauma of the ordeal will subside and you will all be able to sleep better...
    it does shake you up a bit when you are in an accident...
    for a little while afterward.. it seems like every car on the road is aiming right for you and you are afraid you will be hit again..
    but that too will subside in time...
    Praise God you are all OK...
    Blessings,
    Mimi

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  7. Praise the Lord you are safe!!!

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  8. Yes, as you and everyone else, praise God no one was hurt, and the accident wasn't too serious! Glad you are back home safe and sound!!! :)

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  9. Praising the Lord that you weren't hurt! I hope the insurance goes smoothly too.

    Blessings,
    ~Mrs.B

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  10. I'm so glad no one was injured! Praying along with you for things to go smoothly with your insurance.
    Blessings,
    Mrs. C

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  11. So glad you are okay. The Lord was watching out for y'all! PTL!

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  12. So thankful that all of you were ok. Praise the Lord for His protection. I will be praying as you get everything settled and your van repaired.

    Blessings,
    ~Jane

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  13. Praise the Lord you are fine!

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  14. So sorry to hear about your accident. So glad you all are safe. God is surely watching over you guys & protecting you. May God Bless you all...

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  15. Glad you are ok after that extremely scary incident! I am having issues with riding or driving in cars. I get really nervous and upset especially on interstates. I have to pray for help in that area! (or just stay home LOL)

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  16. what an ordeal! glad to hear you're all safe!

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