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What ifs about car accidents

We've all had moments in our lives when something didn't go as planned, but we don't know what we would have done differently. We've all faced moments about doubt that we did the right thing, haven't we? Well, when it comes to car accidents, there are often more shoulda-woulda-coulda moments than we can count...and sometimes for years afterward.

Why car accidents are among the most traumatic moments of our lives

Ordinarily, we have time to think through life events ahead of time. Even the most stressful problems give us some amount of warning. Before we lose a job, the handwriting is on the wall or rumors of layoffs circulate around the office. Before a job interview, we may start preparing weeks in advance. We study for important tests. Before filing bankruptcy, we watch our debt soar for years. If we are fortunate, we hold the hands of aging, ill and dying loved ones for days, weeks and even months. But nothing can prepare us for the way a sudden, unexpected car accident can turn our lives upside down - and maybe forever - in less than the blink of an eye.

Asking ourselves 'what if?' isn't the best way forward

As human beings, we are naturals at second-guessing our decisions. After a car accident, our doubts go into overdrive. Did I come to an absolute full stop at the stop sign before driving through the intersection? Should I have been more aware that a car might have pulled out from behind that blind spot? Was I driving over the speed limit? Did that one beer I had over lunch affect my reaction time?

But we should really be asking ourselves a different set of questions, that look toward the future, rather than what might have happened to change the facts. Ultimately, nothing anyone should have done about the cause will change the reality of the effect. You or a loved one in your family now lie injured and your only thoughts now should be how to deal with that future.

Moving on from the accident

First, let the professionals determine exactly what happened at the scene of the accidents. Police investigators and insurance specialists are specifically trained to determine what went wrong and, ultimately, who shares liability. If the accident was caused by another driver's negligence or misconduct (such as driving drunk), then there may be some trauma you need to work through in order to get back to a stable place emotionally. But forgiving the other driver doesn't mean you don't have a right to seek the full amount of compensation you are entitled to.

Discuss your circumstances with a professional you trust, which may include a therapist, a member of the clergy or a doctor. Healing from your injuries should include more than just your physical injuries. And don't overlook the need for solid legal counsel. Fighting to protect our rights may be a necessary part of the total healing process. Talk to an attorney with years of experience representing people who have been (or still are) exactly in your shoes. You will find that the right lawyer is more than just your legal representative, but can serve as an important counselor regarding the best way to move into the future, as well.

To learn more about our legal services for people injured in motor vehicle accidents, please spend some time on our website.

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