Every year, roughly 2 million people are injured as a result of collisions in a motor vehicle. In 2017, the latest year for which figures are available, an estimated 40,100 people were killed in car accidents.
If you’re in a car accident, it can change your life in multiple ways, from everyday annoyances to lasting physical pain and disability to emotional damage. Here are some of the ways in which a car accident can change your life.
1. You will need transportation
If your car is damaged, it will have to be repaired. If the damage is large enough, the car may be a total loss (cost more to repair than it is worth). You may then need to get a new car. While it is being repaired, or while you look, you will need other transportation.
2. Your insurance premiums are likely to rise
If you’ve been in a car accident, whether you were at fault or not, your insurance premiums are likely to go up. You will be paying more for insurance.
3. You or a loved one may be injured
More seriously, either you or a loved one may be injured. Car accident injuries can range from cuts and bruises that heal fairly quickly to serious trauma, such as broken limbs, head injuries, or even spinal cord injuries, which can cause lasting problems with mobility and paralysis. You may be dealing with doctors and other medical personnel, hospitals, physical therapy, and more as a result of the injuries.
Injuries can leave lasting emotional scars as well as physical ones. You also may be incurring high medical bills and, depending on the nature of the injury, be losing time and wages from work.
4. A loved one may have been killed
One of the worst consequences of a car accident, of course, is a death. If a loved one has been killed in an accident, you will suffer profound emotional loss and be grieving. If your loved one was the breadwinner for the family, you may be suffering financial uncertainty as well.
5. You may suffer emotional damage
Many people who have been in car accidents, whether they were physically injured or not, suffer lasting emotional damage. They may experience post-traumatic stress disorder, reliving the frightening incidents over and over again, or they may become fearful of driving, or more.
If You Need a Louisiana Car Accident Attorney
As you can see from this list, car accidents can have multiple effects, from the relatively simply to life-changing and sad. You may suffer grief and trauma. You may be paying for damaged cars, medical bills, therapy, and more. You may have lost a family breadwinner or become unable to work yourself.
If the other driver was at fault, it may be possible to recover financial damages in a legal case. Baton Rouge and Lafayette car accident lawyer Bart Bernard will handle your crash injury case with the utmost care and concern. We are experienced in car accidents and the emotional and financial toll they take.
Our initial consultation on your case is free. Call 337-989-BART (Lafayette) / 225-275-BART (Baton Rouge) or contact me online today.
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- Bomey, Nathan. “U.S. vehicle deaths topped 40,000 in 2017, National Safety Council estimates.” USA Today. February 15, 2018. https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2018/02/15/national-safety-council-traffic-deaths/340012002/.
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Motor Vehicle Crash Deaths. How Is the U.S. Doing? https://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/motor-vehicle-safety/index.html.