Consequences of a Car Accident

The consequences of a car accident range from the annoying to the horrific. If you just spent the weekend buffing your car to a high shine and someone sideswipes you on your very first day out and scratches the paint, that’s annoying, but hardly even worth a call to your insurance company. You should always be so lucky. You would be one in about 10 million people who fail to report a minor crash.

Even then, there are a lot of reported car accidents in the US that end in injuries, even fatalities. It is estimated that about one person is injured every 14 seconds somewhere in the US, and one person dies every 48 minutes. And you don’t even have to be driving or even be in a vehicle to be involved in a car accident. Every year, about 60,000 pedestrians are hit by a car and even if the speed is 30 mph or lower, it often causes serious injury, maybe even permanent disability. In too many cases, the pedestrian dies without even knowing what hit him or her, especially in urban areas.

The consequences of a car accident directly impact the drivers/s, passengers, and pedestrians involved. It is often the physical and financial side that hurts the most no matter the severity of the incident. Even for minor injuries, the trip to the emergency room can set the patient back upwards of $1,000, and for the really severe injuries, the costs can be astronomical. Often, the accident victim has to pay out-of-pocket expenses for bills not covered by the insurance company.

The physical and financial pain is often followed by a psychological reaction, such as developing dystychiphobia (fear of accidents) or amaxophobia (fear of riding in a motorized vehicle). These are debilitating conditions, although they rarely occur. But when the accident turns out to have been caused by negligence by one of the parties, the emotional aspect can be overwhelming. The only consolation the hapless victims have is that in such cases, it may be possible to sue for compensation. In order not to be overwhelmed by these unwarranted consequences in a drunk driving or speeding car accident, for example, consult with a personal injury lawyer in your area.

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