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4 Stages of Recovery After a Car Accident

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Car accidents can be life-changing events that leave us with long-lasting effects that affect how and when we get back on the road. No one ever expects to be involved in a collision but, unfortunately, someone is killed or seriously injured on UK roads every 16 minutes

The after effects cover many forms, ranging from physical and mental impacts to financial side effects. Recovering after a car accident looks different for every individual person but it typically follows four distinct stages. These are as follows: 

Immediately After 

Regardless of who is at fault, car collisions are traumatic for everyone involved and your adrenaline will be at an all-time high immediately after it occurs. It is essential that you find somewhere safe to pull over if you can do so and turn on your hazards to warn other road users. 

If you or your passengers have obviously suffered an injury, then you should seek emergency medical attention immediately. After a collision, everyone should exit the vehicle and check to see if they are hurt. Exchange names and details with any others involved in the accident, including registration and insurance details. 

Dealing with Physical Injuries 

You can suffer injury from any car accident, regardless of how bad it is. Common car crash injuries range from whiplash and sprains to fractures and head injuries. After initial treatment of your injuries, you may need to see a physiotherapist to regain full motion or use of the limb affected. 

Whether you need to stay overnight or for a few weeks in the hospital, medical professionals will prescribe you lots of rest after a road collision. Take a gentle approach to exercise and make use of ice and heat to soothe any swelling, aches or pains you might have. 

Coping with Psychological Symptoms 

Physical injuries eventually heal but the lasting mental impacts can take longer to settle down. Psychological symptoms such as flashbacks and PTSD can cause you to develop a fear of driving and lead to the development of conditions such as depression and anxiety. 

Seeking help and support from your friends and family can help you work through your fears. For serious phobias and symptoms, you should consider contacting a medical professional or joining a survivor group to work through your issues alongside people who have survived car accidents. 

Thinking of Your Finances 

The financial burden of a car accident should not be at the forefront of your mind when recovering from a collision, but for many, it is difficult to ignore. There are a number of financial aspects to consider and this can fill you with dread. Think about making a claim if you’ve suffered from a car accident that wasn’t your fault and seeking legal guidance. The compensation you could receive will not undo the trauma you have experienced but lessen the financial burden.

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