A serious motor vehicle accident will alter your life in many ways, both in the short and long term. While you can’t read the future, you can prepare yourself for anything that you may have to deal with.
Life after a motor vehicle accident can be challenging for the following reasons:
- Severe physical injuries: When you suffer an extensive injury in a motor vehicle accident, such as a traumatic brain injury or fractured neck, it has the potential to cause long-term issues with your health. For example, if a brain injury affects your mental capabilities, you may not be able to return to work.
- Emotional wounds: Just the same as physical injuries, a motor vehicle accident can take an emotional toll on you. For instance, you may be afraid to ever drive in a car again. Or maybe you have nightmares about the accident, thus making it impossible to get a peaceful night’s sleep.
- Financial concerns: Just because you have insurance doesn’t mean that all your financial needs will be taken care of. From medical bills to lost wages, your finances will take a hit. This is even more so the case if you’re unable to return to work in the near future (if at all).
- Your career: Depending on the types and extent of your injuries, a motor vehicle accident could impact your ability to follow your career path in the future. Take, for example, someone who works as a mover or warehouse worker. If you injured your neck or back in an accident, it’s not likely that you’ll be able to lift heavy objects in the future.
- Your need for ongoing care: If your injuries require long-term care, you must quickly decide on where it will come from and how you’ll pay for it. A family member? A friend? A nurse? There are options available, but they’re all associated with a long list of pros and cons.
With all these challenges to contend with, you must do your part in holding the negligent driver responsible for causing the accident. This puts you in position to obtain compensation for your injuries, lost wages, emotional distress and more.