When you get behind the wheel of a vehicle, you have to accept that there is an element of danger to your health. For the most part, you never experience that danger. Still, it doesn’t mean that it will never happen. Hopefully, it will never happen to you because you want to avoid an accident at all costs. Aside from the obvious physical trauma, there is a lot more damage to an accident that you might not consider. Here are the four reasons it is important to avoid a car accident.
#1: Long-Term Effects
Yes, you know that you will feel some pain, but you don’t know how long that pain will last. In some cases, the pain can last for months and years. And, in severe consequences, it can last forever. But, there is more than physical pain too. The mental pain is also pretty severe. Even if it only happens once, it can put you off driving for life. It can also put you off getting into a vehicle if the mental scars are that deep. These are the kind of effects that can last for a long time and affect your entire lifestyle. As such, they are better off avoided.
#2: The Cost
The odds are high that you are going to be subject to a lawsuit at some point in time. It doesn’t matter whether it is your fault or not because frivolous lawsuits exist in all forms. And, people are opportunistic enough to take advantage. In the end, the cost of the suit could be enough to cripple you financially. The worst thing is that there is nothing you can do about it. Yes, you can hire a lawyer and hope that they can limit the damage. But, you are still very vulnerable.
If you are at fault for the accident, you can expect the DMV or the MVD to revoke your license. They do this for two reasons: to punish you and safeguard other road users. As a result, MVD suspensions and DMV suspensions are not kind. In some cases, the suspensions can range for years, which will hurt your lifestyle. Okay, it isn’t the most damaging part of the side-effects of a car accident, but it is still a hindrance. Instead of getting in the car and going to work, you will have to catch the bus or the train. And, that will just add extra minutes onto your commute. Having a car is easy, but not having one is a hassle.
#4: You Could Go To Jail
Whether you mean it or not, you may cause severe enough damage to go to jail. Your freedom depends on the prosecutors, but it is at risk. When you cause an accident, you have to deal with the consequences. Even though the consequences are severe, you can’t get away from them because they are the law. Car accidents can escalate out of control and lead you down a difficult path. To avoid the path, you need to avoid the accident.
It isn’t nice to contemplate, but all of the above are realistic outcomes when you have an accident.