Accident Victim? How To Make The Most Of Your Ordeal

Unfortunately, given how much time we spend in our vehicles, it’s almost inevitable that we’re going to be involved in an accident. Every year some 40,000 Americans lose their lives on the road, and hundreds of thousands more are injured.

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Today I want to talk about what to do if you’ve been involved in an accident and how to make the most of a bad situation.

Cover Yourself

If it’s a minor knock, make sure that you make a note of all the relevant details immediately after the accident. Things like weather conditions, signage, road names and car number plates. If there are any witnesses, get their details too. If you find yourself on the receiving end of litigation and the accident wasn’t your fault, witnesses can aid your defense.

Some automotive organisations, like the AA, also recommend you take a quick sketch of the scene at the time of the accident. This is called contemporaneous evidence and is valuable in a court of law.

Once you’re safely away from the scene of the accident and all the details have been exchanged, you need to inform your insurance company. It’s a legal requirement to tell them that you’ve been involved in an accident, even if you don’t want to make a claim.

Seek Legal Advice

Let’s say that you’re injured in a traffic accident and it wasn’t your fault. Think about all the costs associated with the collision. There’s the physical pain of being injured. There’s the risk of ongoing medical costs, including increases in your medical insurance. And there’s all that money you lose from not being able to work whilst you are recovering.

Most insurance companies won’t take the effort to recoup all these losses from the other side on your behalf. A solution, should you ever find yourself in this situation, is to seek independent legal advice. Companies like the Wilber Law Firm specialize in making sure that the guilty party pays the full cost of the accident.

Often these law firms will actually liaise with the insurance company on your behalf. This is good news, especially when you’re trying to recover from potentially life-threatening injuries. Somebody else doing all the donkey-work saves you a lot of hassle and gives you space to focus on recovery.

Be More Connected

Traumatic experiences like car accidents change who you are. Suddenly you realise how fragile life can be, and how easily it can be taken away. It gives life a whole new perspective. People with a growth mindset are able to harness this confrontation with mortality and put it to work for them.

When you eventually go back out into the world, you’re less likely to be afraid of the little things in life that blocked your progress before. Maybe you were afraid to take that next leap in your career, or take a relationship to the next level. An accident can motivate you to make the most of your life. Unfortunately, none of us are here forever.

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