When you think about the impact of a car accident on your life, two things are likely to come to mind: money and injuries.

While financial losses and injuries are sure to alter the way you live, it’s not the only thing to concern yourself with. As you dig deeper, you’ll find that there are many overlooked ways a car accident can impact your life. Consider the following:

  • Unable to work: You know you have a serious injury, but you’ve yet to consider the impact on your career. Depending on the type of injury and the job that you hold, you may find it impossible to work for an extended period of time. Subsequently, you’re unable to earn money to provide for your family.
  • Long-term disability: It’s your hope that you recover from your injuries to the point of being able to resume your normal life. However, this may not happen. Some injuries, such as amputation or paralysis, can result in a long-term disability. This can make it difficult to ever hold a job again.
  • No car to drive: Even if your vehicle only suffered minor damage in the accident, you still want to get it fixed. That typically means being without a vehicle for at least a few days. In the event that your vehicle is totaled, you’re in a much more difficult situation, as you don’t have anything to drive.
  • Scared to drive: Yes, physical injuries have the potential to impact your life. But the same holds true of mental anguish associated with a motor vehicle accident. Depending on the severity and circumstances surrounding the accident, you may find yourself scared to drive in the future. This can hinder your ability to live your life.

In the aftermath of a car accident, your top priority is your health and well-being. Do whatever you can to receive immediate treatment to ensure the best chance possible of making a full recovery.

As your injuries allow, turn your attention to the points above. Doing so will allow you to better formulate a plan for holding the negligent driver responsible for their actions.