Americans love their cars. We each drive an average of 13,450 miles per year, that’s over 1000 miles per month. Of course many drivers put many more miles on their car and many drive less, but even when mass transportation is readily available people still love the independence and freedom of owning and driving their own car, truck, or motorcycle.
Naturally, the more you drive the more likely you are to have an accident, and cautious drivers do have fewer accidents than careless ones, but statistics say each one of us will have 4 accidents in our lifetimes, or one every 17.9 years.
A minor fender bender may ruin your day, but a serious accident may cause permanent injuries or loss-of-life. High-speed collisions are extremely violent events, with devastating damage to victim’s bodies. Many people also suffer from immediate and delayed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, a very debilitating condition that often makes it difficult for people to return to normal life.
What to do Immediately After a Serious Accident
- Before you attempt to move and get out of your vehicle, assess yourself. If you feel that you cannot move, don’t push it because you may do further damage. As long as it is safe, remain in the car until paramedics or police can help you.
- Check your passengers and make sure someone has called 911.
- Do not offer information that is not asked for but do cooperate with authorities. Make no statements until you feel you feel you are capable of doing so.
- Try to have someone record the scene with photographs and get the names of witnesses.
- Call an attorney who specializes in vehicle crash cases.
How to Gain Confidence After a Serious Collision
Don’t rush to get behind the wheel again. It is totally normal to be apprehensive about driving after being in a serious crash, and you should rely on other ways to get around until you are completely sure you can handle it. We have worked with people who literally never regained the desire or the emotional stability and confidence to drive again. There is nothing wrong with these feelings.
Important: Talk to a professional counselor who treats victims of traumatic events.
Fort Lauderdale Accident Attorneys Since 1992
The advantage of working with a qualified accident attorney is that you will receive guidance to receive the proper physical, emotional, and financial help necessary to return you to the life you had before the accident. Your attorney should make sure that your immediate needs are taken care of as well as potential long-term care and financial requirements. The Law Firm of Lazarus and Lazarus has been helping victims get the help they need since 1992, and they understand what it takes to recover. A confidential consultation can be arranged by calling (954) 356-0006 or click here to send an email directly to Mr. Gary Lazarus.