“I wanted to race cars. I didn’t like school, and all I wanted to do was work on cars. But right before I graduated, I got into a really bad car accident, and I spent that summer in the hospital thinking about where I was heading. I decided to take education more seriously and go to a community college.” – George Lucas
This quotation by George Lucas highlights the life-changing circumstances for anyone involved in a motor vehicle accident. Fortunately, in Lucas’s case, he went on to become a well-known and successful American filmmaker, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is best known for his Star Wars and Indiana Jones film franchises.
However, the consequences of the motor vehicle accident could have been debilitating or even fatal. And, not every car accident has similar results. Thus, while it is essential to “take heart” from this case study, it is equally necessary to make sure that, if you’ve been involved in a severe car accident, (passenger or driver, victim or committer), you put measures into place to help make the best of a potentially harmful situation.
Tips to help you determine what to do after a car crash
Let us assume, for this article, that you have been involved in a head-on collision, and you have serious injuries as a consequence of the accident. You were not the driver of either of the two vehicles involved. Nor, were you the person who caused the accident. In the strictest sense, you were an innocent victim.
Thus, the question that begs is: How do you survive the consequences of the accident? Here are a few pointers that will provide an answer to this question:
Contact a legal expert
A car accident lawyer is a specialist attorney whose specialty is the Tort law arena and is well-versed with the intricacies of the civil courts.
Because you were seriously injured, or even if you walked away uninjured, it is essential to employ a professional to complete the necessary legal processes within the specified timeframe. Ergo, vehicle insurance claims must be submitted as well as personal injury claims, should be filed at the nearest civil court.
Additionally, it is vital to gather any supporting evidence to support these two claims. Without evidence, the claims will not stand legal scrutiny, and they will more than likely be thrown out of court.
Concentrate on recovering from the injuries
Your primary focus must remain on recovering from the accident. There might, unfortunately, be severe, life-threatening injuries, or there might only be minor injuries. The severity of your injuries is not the pertinent point. It is a proven fact that it is often “mind of matter” when it comes to healing and rehabilitation progress.
According to the article titled, “Mind over matter? The Psychology of Healing,” a study was conducted in 2010 by a Health Psychologist at the University of Nottingham that proves that “people suffering from… foot ulcers show different rates of healing according to the way they cope and their psychological state of mind.”