While you may sustain a variety of bodily injuries after a car accident, we don’t often consider what our body goes through during the collision. Our bodies are equipped with processes to handle what we’re experiencing, both mentally and physically.
While the collision itself may only take seconds, our brain slows the event down. This is called slow motion perception. When your brain realizes something traumatic is happening quickly, it will increase its memory packing abilities. This improves your ability to recall the sights, sounds, smells, and touches of the accident. Because you’re experiencing a burst of senses in a short period of time, the span of events significantly slows down.
As slow motion perception fades, adrenaline kicks in. Adrenaline is a hormone the body secretes under intense conditions of stress – a survival hormone. Blood circulation, breathing, and metabolism rates increase. You’re likely to feel a rapid heart rate, sweating, and shaking. You may become pale and experience blurred or tunneled vision.
Car accidents can cause devastating injuries that are painful and can take a long time to recover. With a skilled Milwaukee car wreck injury lawyer at your side, you won’t have to worry about the financial stresses that follow a car accident. Your compensation could cover pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earnings, and property damage.
Car Accidents and Shock
A car accident is a traumatic experience whether it’s a major accident or minor accident. The accident doesn’t have to be catastrophic for people still go through fear and stress afterward. They may also be worrying about the future because they now have to report an accident, file a claim, and may have an injury or a damaged car.
In 1998, Andrew Wakefield, a gastroenterologist from England, published a case series where he claimed the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine caused behavioral issues in eight children. While this did not prove a connection between vaccines and autism, Wakefield proclaimed his false findings to the media via a press release – against the opinions of study authors. Since then, Wakefield has been discredited by the scientific community; however, concerns still exist among some parents.
Among those parents, are those apart of adamant groups claiming that vaccines cause autism. These groups call themselves “anti-vaxxers” and spread misinformation all over online forums and social media. It is important to understand the facts surrounding autism and vaccines, so you can protect yourself, your children, and others.
The moment you realize you’ve been in a car accident, countless thoughts may run through your head. While there is a general procedure for handling such events, it’s important to recognize there are some things you should avoid doing.
1) Underestimating Your Injuries
Even if you’re only in a minor fender-bender, it’s important to seek medical attention for you and any other parties who may have been injured. While you may feel fine, you could develop the symptoms to serious injuries days later.
A medical professional should perform a complete evaluation after you’re in an accident. You may receive a diagnosis that you need to treat. That diagnosis and treatment plan will also need to be reported to your insurance company for future compensation purposes.
Distracted driving is the number one cause of accidents in the United States. In Wisconsin alone, one in five crashes involve distracted driving and in 2015, a total of 24,089 wrecks were caused by distracted drivers. While there are a variety of types and causes of such distractions, drivers should always strive to remain as focused as possible behind the wheel. A person’s life could depend on it.
Types of Distraction
Visual. Visual distractions occur when drivers take their eyes off the road.
Manual. Manual distractions occur when drivers take their hands off the wheel.
Cognitive. Cognitive distractions occur when drivers take their minds off driving, i.e. zoning out.
If you’re considering filing a personal injury claim, you’re going to need hard evidence to prove you’re deserving of compensation. While police reports, medical records, and eyewitness testimonies will be taken into consideration, the strongest type of evidence often comes in the form of pictures – the right pictures.
Supporting Your Claim with Pictures
As we all know, a picture is worth a thousand words. This is especially true when supporting your personal injury claim. Any photos you take have the potential to:
- Establish how the accident happened
- Provide evidence as to who is at-fault
- Show the accident’s sequence of events
- Convince insurers, judges, or juries that you are entitled to compensation
Dealing with the chaos of a car accident, whether the victim is you or a loved one, can be incredibly stressful and draining; and unfortunately, auto insurance companies don’t always make the process easier for you. The Milwaukee car accident injury attorneys at Urban & Taylor are committed to guiding you through this process so you can take the time you need to recover.
Here are five tips to consider when dealing with insurers after a car accident:
In an age where anyone can pull up a website that verifies their beliefs, it can be difficult to recognize fact from fiction – especially when it comes to hot-button topics like vaccines. While a small percentage of people experience negative side effects from vaccines, anti-vaccine literature perpetuates false information that can confuse parents and educators.
Here you’ll find some of the biggest misconceptions about vaccines:
Four percent to five percent of the personal injury cases in the United States go to trial. Most personal injury cases are settled pretrial.
A settlement occurs when an insurer or defendant makes an offer of payment to an injured person. Accepting a settlement means that the plaintiff must sign a full liability release relinquishing all potential claims against the defendant arising out of the accident or incident.
Settlements are almost always offered in cases involving insurance companies, which is true for the vast majority of personal injury cases. Insurance companies have the money to pay claims, expect to have to pay claims, and fear losing financial control of a claim that goes to trial.
Some injuries may cause pain, require medical attention, and need time to heal, but eventually they do heal and you can return to your everyday life. Catastrophic injuries have a different outcome. These injuries often have long-term consequences and the person may never fully recover. Catastrophic injuries limit a person’s ability to work and often have mental repercussions as well. The trauma of the injury and the change in lifestyle can cause mental illnesses or personality changes.
Catastrophic injuries can also prove fatal. The sudden loss of a loved one is devastating, especially when it was due to negligence. If a loved one has passed away because of catastrophic injuries, you can seek justice for them. A Milwaukee wrongful death lawyer from Urban & Taylor will stand up for your loved one and get you the compensation you deserve.