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Don't underestimate the toll a crash can take on your life

Imagine you are driving home from work. You are tired, hungry and ready to relax for a few minutes before making dinner for your kids. Suddenly, everything goes dark. After a few moments, you realize your car is stopped and you have been hit by another vehicle.

In the span of a few seconds, your world can be turned upside down if you are seriously injured in an accident. In fact, a crash can affect every part of your life.

Professional life

Serious crashes can require you to take time away from work to get the medical treatment you need. This can be devastating for people who depend on the income from one or more jobs to make ends meet. Even if you have vacation time or sick days to use, you could lose essential wages, benefits and possibly your job.

Family life

Victims aren't the only ones who suffer after a crash; their families suffer as well. For instance, parents may not be able to pick up their child because of their pain, or they could be spending nights in the hospital and not at home with their children. Accident injuries can also take a toll on spouses and partners who may experience a dramatic shift in their relationship.

Physical and mental health

The physical and emotional injuries of a car accident have the potential to be devastating. Victims might experience catastrophic injuries like a brain injury or spinal cord damage; they can also develop depression, anxiety and even mood disorders in the aftermath of a crash. These injuries can be difficult -- and sometimes impossible -- to treat.

Social and personal life

Serious accident injuries can prevent you from playing sports, taking trips and engaging in other activities you love. You might also develop fears or disorders that prevent you from visiting certain places or getting in certain types of vehicles.

Accounting for these and other damages

Sadly, more than 7,000 people are injured or killed in Montana crashes every year, according to statistics from the Montana Department of Transportation. In other words, a crash is not an imaginary scenario for thousands of victims.

The reality of a how a crash affects your life can be overwhelming, even when you don't realize it right away. To protect yourself and the compensation you may deserve, it can be wise to discuss your case with an attorney.

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