We received the police report today. Since a minor (i.e. Hannah) was involved in the accident, they will not post the report online. So we made a trip down to the police headquarters to obtain an "official crash report." It turns out the kid (20 years old) who hit us was not intoxicated. I'm very thankful for this. It totally sucks that he was being "inattentive and not maintaining proper following distance," but he was not drunk. That doesn't mean he wasn't under the influence of something, but I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt and just say he was tired and not paying attention. Regardless, the insurance adjuster made the declaration that our car is a total loss. We got an offer from the Total Loss Department and are fairly pleased with the number. We're actually getting the value of the car.
Now we just have to figure out the rest of stuff. Having never been in an accident before, I just don't know what to do. So if anyone has any advice, please leave it. We are at the moment waiting for a declaration from his insurance company saying he did in fact not have insurance. After that, we will file through our uninsured motorist insurance. What exactly does that mean? We have no idea? But what we do know is that Stephen and I have both lost time, I've been do the chiropractor 4 times, Hannah twice, for a total just this week of $300. I go three times a week next week, and then we'll see what happens. And of course, we still have the hospital bill.
That being said, we took the kids to the "boop car," as Hannah calls it. She and I were able to get inside the front of the car and sit for a bit. There were lots of tears. Hannah told the car "Thank you for keeping me safe. I will miss you so much." It was really hard for her. That's the only car she's ever been attached to. I feel silly, but I cried as well. That was Stephen and my first car we bought together. It was our first new car ever. It was a good little car for us. And now, at the decision of someone else - the negligence of someone else - we had to say goodbye. We are going to miss the car.
But we are so thankful for our lives. We are blessed.