Accidents can happen even if you are a safe driver. Getting back on the road after you have been involved in an accident can be difficult, but not impossible if you have some knowledge of what to expect.
A motor vehicle accident is a traumatic event. Every individual copes with trauma differently and not everyone will develop PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder).
Trauma can change the way the brain functions in many ways, but the three most common areas are:
– The prefrontal cortex (PFC), which controls thoughts
– Anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), responsible for emotions
– Amygdala, which provokes fear
A person suffering from trauma is likely to experience high levels of stress, irritation, vigilance, and fear. The person can develop a strong perception of their personal danger and practise extreme vigilance when driving. They may be too afraid to drive, or they may suppress their feelings and thoughts about the accident.
Trauma has to be treated or it can have serious consequences for health and well-being. The important takeaway here is that experiencing trauma after an accident is not uncommon. Seeking medical advice is the first step to getting better.
Accident replacement vehicles
If your car was damaged in an accident, you will need to find an alternative means of transportation. If the accident was not your fault, you can obtain a replacement courtesy car from a not my fault car hire provider.
It is important that at the time of the accident you gather sufficient proof to show that you were not the cause of the accident. The not my fault car hire company will work with the at-fault driver’s insurer to claim the fees for hiring an accident replacement vehicle for you. They provide end-to-end services including delivering the hire car to the location you want and arranging for the car to be at your disposal for as long as it takes to repair your damaged car.
Police and insurance
If the accident requires a police report, you will have to inform them within 28 hours of the incident. In most cases, the police are the first on the scene.
Your insurer will also have to be informed so they can proceed with claims. The sooner you get the process running, the fewer disputes or delays you will have to contend with later on.