In a society as dependent on cars as ours is, especially depending on where you live, the sad reality is that you may have to deal with an auto accident injury. Sometimes, an injury is a minor annoyance, while other times, it can have a severe impact on your lifestyle and finances. The decisions you make early on will often guide how your recovery goes, so here are a few things to consider when putting together your approach.
Set Yourself Up Right Legally (Even if you may not go to court)
Chances are that you may be a bit frazzled after the accident takes place, but there are little steps you can make here that may pay off later. In a minor crash, you may be able to take pictures and get details in writing. The reason for this is that your notes may help the court and insurance agencies decide who is responsible. By the same token, you will want to try and put together a diagram of the crash site and even talk to any witnesses to clear up matters. Be sure to get their contact information.
As a note, though, this approach only applies in minor crashes. Anything major will require police involvement, who will likely take care of most of the steps mentioned before themselves, especially if someone was seriously injured or even killed. However, in both cases, you should be sure to not admit fault due to insurance reasons, and by no means leave the scene, even if things seem minor. If someone was to pass away or get severely injured following the crash, you would be liable as a hit-and-run driver.
Follow Your Doctor’s Instructions (Don’t make things worse for yourself)
If you are active, being sidelined due to a physical injury is extremely frustrating, but don’t fall into the trap of going too far. Trying to exert yourself could potentially aggravate an injury you already have, creating permanent damage and loss of function. Your doctor will be able to determine what your body is and is not capable of, and help put together a regiment that will get you moving at an appropriate pace. Don’t fall to the other side of the equation as well, though. Rest is essential, but a completely sedentary lifestyle will not promote your recovery. Light exercise is helpful. The key is figuring out how light your body needs to go at first.
There Is A Mental Toll (Be ready to address it)
Even minor accidents can have an impact on your mental health. Even those with no driving anxiety may feel it afterward. Where issues can spiral out of control is when those feelings don’t go away. According to the Rehabilitation Counseling Unit of the University of Sydney, 30 percent of car accident survivors have to deal with a “negative psychological response.” This can vary from minor effects to full-blown PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). The best thing you can do is be sure to keep a regular routine, like a good sleep cycle and proper nutrition. Moderate physical activity is helpful too if you are able, as it releases endorphins which promote feelings of happiness. If things worsen, see a therapist or mental health professional to put together a proper plan.
Putting this mindset at work will put you in the best position to handle your car accident, no matter what your final decision is. If things are minor and you just want to move on, you will be on the proper path to physical and mental recovery. If you have severe injuries or other losses and they are proving too much to deal with, you will be ready to bring on legal help. In addition, the preparations you made beforehand will help your chances of earning said compensation. Depending on the severity of your injury in an auto accident, your life may never be the same. However, even if what led to the accident was out of your control, how you choose to handle it is not.