- Jesse was not injured. (Though the other driver broke his arm!)
- A police officer was behind Jesse and witnessed the whole thing.
- Despite being pummeled across three lanes of opposite traffic, neither car was hit by oncoming cars.
- Jesse did not flip his car over, though the police officer told us she was just waiting for that to happen.
- The other driver was driving a company vehicle so insurance is not a concern.
- Jackson was not in the car.
- The police paid for towing expenses.
- Insurance should cover everything minus the small deductible.
- I was home and able to get Jesse. (I would not have been if I were working.)
- I am not working so Jesse is able to drive my car indefinitely.
Even though the carseat didn't look damaged, my sister informed me that we can no longer use it. I looked online to see what the guidelines are about car seats in crashes and repeatedly found these rules:
The use of a child restraint must be discontinued if it has been in a severe crash. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), it is not necessary to replace a child restraint after a minor crash. A minor crash is one that meets ALL of following criteria:Since Jesse's wreck does not meet ALL of the requirements, it is considered a severe crash. Therefore, we must replace the carseat we just bought two months ago.
* The vehicle was able to be driven away from the crash site;
* The vehicle door nearest the child restraint was undamaged;
* There were no injuries to any of the vehicle occupants;
* The air bags (if present) did not deploy; AND
* There is no visible damage to the child restraint.
Now that the shock and scare has worn off, my sarcastic husband joked, "Well, you missed out on a sweet life insurance settlement." Um, thanks, but I'd rather have my husband than pay off the house! Yesterday was another reminder to hold your family just a little bit tighter because you never know what might happen.