In July 2012 I was involved in a serious car accident, my main injury was serious head injury. I was in coma 8 days and made a very fast recovery. I do not remember the accident at all which is probably a good thing. I know pretty much everything that happened including by far the worst thing of losing my dog which if I did remember would haunt me. I know what happened as my insurance is trying to claim compensation for me and going over every detail of what they can find out happened.
For anyone interested in what happened read this if not skip to next paragraph. I was on m1 motorway on way home coming to junction to turn off I don't remember anything beyond this point, but for some unknown reason I missed my turning and hit the hard shoulder barrier. My car rebounded onto the middle lane of its roof facing on coming traffic were another car hit me. My poor dog was thrown onto the motorway and hit by another car. I guess he died instantly but not upsetting myself to find out. Already know more than I wanted to. Out of everything I went through with this accident the only thing that has bothered me much is losing my dog. Yes being in hospital and not being able to walk at start was boring but got over it.
After getting out of hospital just over a month after the accident I had an appointment with a doctor who had treated me while I was in a coma. He had told my mum I would walk in to see him at the appointment. My mum didn't believe him as I was still unconscious so really no one could of known how I would be when I came round. I did need physio for about a month, but by time I got home I was walking fine. When I had appointment with the doctor he was shocked that I was walking unaided and talking. He said he would of said it was perfectly normal if I'd not been able to talk and been in a wheel chair. That would of drove me mad if I had been like that I hated not being able the get up and move about at start.
Even while I was in hospital I said I would drive again, I needed another car and was no where near ready but in time I would drive. Really I think it was a good thing I didn't have a car then as the car I'd been driving at time of accident was written off. I've seen photos of it after the accident and its suprising anyone could of survived it. If I had still had a car I would of driven. I had not had my licence took off me so legally could of driven and do feel I would of been ok but considering the seriousness of the accident it was probably best to take things slow also even though I was allowed to drive I was told I had higher risk of having a seizure which definately would of effected driving. I informed DVLA about accident had an eye test passed it after over a year from the accident. Still no seizures and was allowed to drive so I got a car and was driving for 5 month with permission from DVLA then they decided I had to have a driving assessment. This was the most annoying thing as I had been driving and been safe felt fine yet now I had to prove I was safe. Seriously if anyone may not be safe driving why let them drive? It makes as much sense as letting a learner driver drive solo before passing the test. Anyway I took assessment did the memory bits fine which indicated I should be able to drive safely. Eyesight fine driving now it was an area I didn't know and car I wasn't used to and knowing I was being watched. I messed up a few little things due to no knowing area. So only now did I have to stop driving. I found out that my doctor at local hospital had recommended I had an assessment. Annoying but can see he was protecting his job not wanting me to have another accident. I had a few refresher driving lessons and passed the next assessment.
Today I saw the doctor who recommended I have assessment as my mum notices minor changes in me I don't notice. I told him I'd passed assessment and he seemed pleased and said I have proved him wrong as he didn't think I'd manage to pass assessment. I have no bad feelings towards the doctor at all I understand he was just making sure the accident wouldn't cause me to have another. The DVLA are totally different though their intentions were same they went about it totally wrong. Why did I have to have eye test and then months later an assessment which included eye test. Also why let someone who needs to have assessment drive alone before having assessment? I know they probably hadn't decided I needed assessment when I could drive before but if I wasn't safe driving after assessment which they decided I wasn't why was I allowed to drive before it I was as safe driving before as I would of been after.