Getting into a crash with an intoxicated driver can have serious, life-altering repercussions.
What are the resulting primary impacts? How do they actually affect a crash victim’s life in the aftermath directly and in the years to come?
The lifespan of an injury
Forbes talks about important information to know when handling a crash with an intoxicated driver. First, understand that physical issues can take time to appear and that it is not always possible to predict a healing path.
Some injuries last days or weeks. Others last months, years, or even a lifetime. One injury could potentially render a person incapable of continuing on their current job path or introduce further health problems and complications later down the line.
Different areas of impact
The financial repercussions cannot be understated, either. If a person loses their job due to injury, they also lose their ability to support themselves. This is an even bigger problem when dealing with a physical injury because that will come along with medical costs, which are often quite high.
Many people need therapy after a crash, too, or they risk being plagued by mental health issues like anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder. This is another expense to add onto the tab, as well as an additional stressor that can have a negative mental impact.
It is impossible to foresee the financial, physical, mental and emotional toll over time that a single crash may cause. Thus, it is important for crash victims to understand the uncertainty that they may face moving forward and what it could mean to them.