So on Wed. my wife and son were in a car accident. This was my 1st moment as a dad of getting the phone call telling me that "We've been in a wreck, it looks bad". I was less than a mile away, and when I got there they were fastening my son to the immobilization board. Complete and utter panic on my part, but I had to keep it all inside since I didn't see my wife and I had to check on my son.
It turns out that everything was OK. My wife had been referring to the car when she said "looks bad". My son was being immobilized because that is SOP when the car hits the kid's side of the car and the childseat breaks.
My moment of "it's all OK" came when I asked my son what happened. Long beore he could read, he learned all of the different auto logos. I'd have a 3 year old passenger going "That's a VW car", and "That's a Mitsubishi car". Now my almost 7 year old answered my question by saying "That Subaru hit us". I looked over at the other car. The silhouette was not recognizable as anything to me. The front was smashed, and I couldn't see a logo. I asked an officer what kind of car it was, and she said "Subaru". I figure he must have seen it coming right at him through the window (my wife was turning left, so she was hit right on the passenger door of our van). I realized that if he could remember that, he was going to be OK.
They are both OK except for bumps and bruises. I hope the other people are OK, but I don't know one way or the other. Now there is just a lot of insurance hassle and logistics to deal with. I feel incredibly lucky, and I hope none of you ever have a similiar story to share. Enjoy your Holidays shark-dads!!!