Being in a car accident can be damaging not only to the people and the vehicles but to your mental state as well, especially if the accident has caused serious injuries. Regardless of who is at fault, the severity and effects are still the same.
These negative effects can take place even if you were not involved, as witnessing an accident can be equally horrifying. And, if someone you care about has had a serious accident with injuries, this can also cause stress.
If you’ve been involved personally in an accident, your feelings of anxiety could lead you to be overly cautious. This behavior can impede your driving and annoy other drivers unnecessarily by driving too slowly, hesitating before pulling out into traffic and failing to merge.
Afraid to Drive
An accident can also cause you to be afraid to drive. If the accident was traumatic, you may relive it each time you get into the car. Knowing someone who has suffered horrible injuries or is paralyzed due to an accident may affect you as well.
Not only will you be afraid to drive, but you may cause problems as a passenger as a fear of an accident runs through your mind. Telling people how to drive, making noises from the passenger or back seat and reacting to every little movement can cause the driver to react or over-stress and cause more issues. Accidents have a profound effect on those involved and those effects don’t go away quickly.
This can cause difficulties in your life and the lives of others, as you may be reluctant to take the car out to run errands or take the kids to activities on their schedules.
When the other person is at fault, even if they have insurance it may not be enough to cover all the consequences. You may be out of work for an extended period of time, become disabled or have high medical costs. Contacting an attorney is sometimes necessary in this situation.
Car insurance is required, but sometimes the other person may not carry insurance. Most insurance companies offer uninsured motorist insurance and some states require you to opt out of it, but if you do not have uninsured motorist insurance and have suffered injuries, you may need to contact an attorney to get the person at fault to address your situation.
Dealing with Consequences
If you have been in an accident and it was bad, you may not want to spend time and energy thinking about it. However, there may be issues having to do with the vehicles involved, the financial effects of the injuries and the possible loss of work. Due to the seriousness of an injury sustained in the accident, you may have to spend extra time in the hospital, which costs a lot of money. It causes stress when you are unable to work and provide for your family. There are all kinds of situations that can arise from a car accident. Dealing with these issues is important and contacting an attorney to help you and your family may be the best way to resolve these issues.
Any event, if traumatic enough, can affect you in a similar manner to Post Traumatic Stress syndrome. The consequences can linger for a long time. Contacting an attorney can help alleviate some of this stress, as knowing that you have taken care of all the issues that may affect your family, financial and otherwise, will have a relieving effect on your mind.