It only takes a few seconds for your life to change forever.
That’s how quickly a drowsy driver could nod off and cross the center line. That’s how quickly a teen could look at their cell phone and run through a stop sign. That’s how quickly you could end up seriously – and perhaps permanently – injured because of someone else’s careless mistake.
In 2013, motor vehicle crashes injured 2.3 million people, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
An injury from a car accident can turn your life upside down. You may end up needing extensive medical care, find yourself with a lifelong disability, having to use personal leave time or even lose your job.
Even if you don’t have any obvious injuries, a car accident can be a traumatic event that could affect you for a year or more. A study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry found one-third of people involved in non-fatal accidents had post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, persistent anxiety or phobias a year later.
If you are suffering because of a car accident, you may want to talk to an attorney. Even in states with no-fault automobile insurance laws, you could be entitled to compensation if an accident is caused by negligence. However, you may not know for sure unless you talk with a lawyer who understands your state’s laws.
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