One of the most unexpected and stressful situations one faces in life, is that of a car accident. As drivers, we work to avoid such instances, but accidents do happen. Here are some tips for relieving the stress of a car accident.
1. Invest in Good Insurance
Knowing you have good car insurance can seriously relieve the immediate stress of a car accident. Depending on your situation, it may make sense to spend a little more a month on your premium for a lower deductible.
2. Call Police
If you are able to do so, call local law enforcement for assistance. This is obvious in major crashes, but you may not feel it’s as necessary after a small fender bender. Call the police to fill out a report. This will make insurance paperwork less of a headache later on. A police officer can help determine who was at fault during the accident which also helps with insurance.
3. Receive Immediate Medical Attention
No matter how “fine” you may or may not feel after a car accident, go to the hospital or urgent care. There is peace of mind in knowing you don’t have a concussion, whip lash, or any other injury. Many times, in the adrenaline-filled moments after the accident, victims do not realize they have been hurt. Receive medical attention whether you feel you need it or not.
4. Legal and Insurance Help
Even more difficult than the actual accident itself, is often the paperwork that comes after. Depending upon the circumstances surrounding the accident, it may make sense to hire an attorney. Contact your insurance company as soon as possible to report the accident, and help gauge how difficult this paperwork will be.
Take a day or two to relax. Let your body and mind recover from the stress. Take a warm bath, watch a movie, and do whatever else relaxes you. Remind yourself to be grateful that everything worked out how it was supposed to, to keep you safe.
Car accidents are scary events that no one can really plan for. Give yourself the peace of mind that comes from good insurance, law enforcement, medical attention, and legal help. Take time to relax your mind and body and hit the road again, knowing you are as prepared as you can be for an accident.
Author Bio: Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max. Information credited to Cummings Andrews Mackay LLP, car and motorcycle accident lawyers.