If you get injured in a car accident and you’re considering potential compensation, you likely start by considering the medical bills you’re facing for your injuries. You may also factor in lost wages if you were not able to work — either while you healed or on a permanent basis.
These are good places to begin, but it’s wise to think about the long-term ramifications, as well. What if the accident means you can’t drive again?
Two ways a car accident can leave you unable to drive
Most people can drive again eventually, as injuries heal, but not all. The first way that this happens is if you suffer from a disability after the crash. A severe brain injury or a spinal cord injury may never fully heal. You could still have physical limitations that keep you from doing the very complex task of driving a motor vehicle, and that can change everything — your personal freedom, your career, etc.
Another potential issue is post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. A serious car accident can trigger this, and you may have mental and emotional issues that mean you can’t drive. Some people have panic attacks when they get behind the wheel, for instance, or when they’re driving near where the crash occurred. If you did not cause that crash, you may feel even more afraid, as it shows you how there is often little you can do to avoid getting hit by someone else.
Seeking full compensation after a crash is your right
Make sure you know what options you have to seek full compensation for both your immediate costs and the changes you may see in your life moving forward. An attorney can advocate for you against the insurance companies involved in your case.