When you think about a car accident, images of damaged vehicles, ambulances, and flashing lights of police may come to mind. These can certainly happen following an accident, but what happens after that?
You may have to plan to spend a lot of time getting your car repaired and finding ways to get around while it is in the shop. If the mechanic is very busy or your parts are on order, this can turn into a major problem. The costs of auto repairs have skyrocketed these past few years too, so be sure to get a few estimates first, and follow your insurance provider’s directions closely.
Besides waiting for your car to be repaired, you may have to spend a considerable amount of time speaking with insurance adjusters, going to doctor appointments, picking up medications, and attending physical therapy sessions. The more serious the accident, the more it will affect your life.
Severe injuries from a car accident can be temporary or permanent, and you might not be able to take care of yourself or return to work. Others may need to help you with daily tasks, like eating, bathing, and getting dressed. Some people end up having surgeries, ongoing medical treatments, needing to use wheelchairs, and having to be on lifelong medications.
The emotional stress of a car accident can stay with you temporarily or permanently as well. Many car accident survivors are diagnosed with PTSD, which can make it difficult to get through each day and to get enough sleep. This kind of suffering can also include anxiety, depression, and other disorders that require professional care.
How Expensive Is a Car Accident?
Car accident expenses vary widely and depend on many different factors. You might receive a costly traffic ticket plus an increase in your insurance premiums. Those repairs can be costly, you might even need to get a new car if yours was totaled.
Accident survivors who are unable to return to work temporarily or permanently can also face loss of income or even lose their job.
Additionally, severe injuries can be costly, costing tens of thousands of dollars.
As a result of all this, it is not unusual for a serious motor vehicle crash to put an individual or family in financial hardship. Even if some costs are covered, you may have to shell out a lot of expenses until you are reimbursed.
After a car accident, you may have to deal with all of these expenses as well as lifestyle changes. If you have been severely injured by a negligent driver, you may have options, and you should speak with a lawyer.
Chester County Car Accident Lawyers at Eckell Sparks Can Offer Legal Advice
Has your lifestyle changed due to a car accident? If you need legal help, speak with one of our experienced Chester County car accident lawyers at Eckell, Sparks, Levy, Auerbach, Monte, Sloane, Matthews & Auslander, P.C. Call us at 610-565-3701 or complete our online form for an initial consultation today. We are located in Media and West Chester, Pennsylvania, and we serve clients in Delaware County, Chester County, and Montgomery County.