Cleaning Up after Your North Carolina Car Accident

May 31, 2011, by Michael A. DeMayo

Whether a truck dinged you in a Winn-Dixie parking lot or your motorcycle got essentially demolished when a teen gabbing on her cell phone blew through a red light and hit you, your North Carolina car accident has thrown your life into a kind of chaos. What can you do to “dig out” from the destruction and regain a semblance of control, security, and relaxation again?

In terms of dealing with the legal loose ends, a North Carolina car accident law firm can provide systematic guidance, strategic knowledge, and compassionate advice, so that you can, for instance, collect compensation for medical costs that you suffered, property damage to your vehicle, your work wages lost, and much more.

Your insurance company can also (hopefully) give you tools, resources, and, potentially, money to manage the fallout of the accident.

But even with these good support structures in place, you may still face chaos and confusion in your life. You might feel angry about the accident, depressed, overwhelmed by the logistical crisis this has stimulated, and just generally “thrown off your game.”

One good tactic to start to regain some control is to simply get out of every concerning thought you have out of your head and down onto paper or onto a computer document. This way, you don’t have to try to brainstorm solutions in your head. You can literally see what’s bothering you and then make an action plan to resolve the biggest concerns.

Give yourself permission to write down as much as you want — even about vaguely tangential thoughts that may or may not be related to the accident. For instance, your list might look something like this:

• Frustrated that the car is going to be in the shop for two weeks
• Angry that my sister didn’t pick me up after the accident
• How am I going to go to school now?
• My necks sort of hurts. Do I have whiplash?
• Should I go to the doctor? Will insurance pay for it? Or will the other driver pay for it?
• This isn’t fair. Why do these things always happen to me?
• I have to remember next time I go on Waylay Avenue to watch out for drivers like the one who hit me. People are always speeding over there.

Once you have these and other thoughts down on paper, you can start to come up with solutions. For instance, after reviewing your list, you may decide that you need to have a talk with your sister about her actions after the accident; or you may brainstorm an alternative route around Waylay Avenue so that you don’t drive on a road that makes you feel uncomfortable.

More Web Resources:

Getting thoughts out of your head and on paper

Relaxed Control with GTD


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