“More than 330,000 commercial truck accidents occur each year, contributing to about 10 percent of all traffic-related fatalities in the U.S.” – Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
Accidents can happen at any time. It does not come with any warning signs and you need to stay aware of keeping yourself safe every time, especially when you are driving.
The increasing number of vehicles on the road and the amount of traffic are what has also increased the chances of an accident to happen. We’ve often recorded accidents during the rush hour traffic and in the bustling freeways, and when changing lanes. However, if things go wrong, your life can be jeopardized any moment and if you are not prepared to deal with such situations, you need to start taking actions and learning the basics of what needs to be done to protect yourself.Advertising
Here are 10 ways to protect yourself after an accident.
1. Check yourself
The first thing to do after you get in an accident is to check yourself. You need to make sure everything is alright. Yes, you might lose your common sense for a while, but take a deep breath, focus on things around you and see if you and your car is okay. Always pay special attention when you are on a busy roadway to make sure that you don’t get hit again.
2. Call the police
Once you assess the situation you are in, call the police immediately. No matter the size of the accident, you need to call the police to perform the inspection and prepare a report. Also, if you or anyone is hurt and has sustained an injury, you need to call the ambulance right away.Advertising
3. Offer assistance
As you slowly step out of the vehicle, assess the details involved in the accident. If you find anyone injured, help them immediately. You don’t need to wait for the ambulance or the police to arrive to help someone who is in danger. Also, make sure that you don’t blame anyone for the accident and make a scene for yourself.
4. Gather details
Once you find yourself in a safe position, it’s time to look for details associated with the accident. If you’ve been hit by another vehicle, get the name, address, phone number and details of the driver. Also, check the policy number, model, and license plate number of the other vehicle right away.
5. Take photos
It’s always useful to take photos after you get involved in an accident. Though there are police who do all those things related to the law, you can do too so that you can access that information anytime you require without needing to call the police. See if your camera or smartphone is working and document the complete location of the accident and those who are involved.Advertising
6. Consult a doctor
If you sustain an injury, no matter how small it may be, always consult a doctor. You always need to stay aware about your health and even if you don’t see any scratch in your body, you need to seek for a medical care. Doctors perform a full extent analysis of your body to check if you’ve been injured. If any legal actions need to be taken, a thorough analysis should be done as well.
7. Seek legal advice
What I’ve seen with most people involved in an accident is that they get paid much lesser from the insurance companies than what they actually deserved. This is why you need to seek legal advice to assess details regarding the accident and the insurance costs associated with it.
According to Just Great Lawyers, “An experienced car accident lawyer can carefully review the facts and evidence of the case to determine which drivers (and/or other parties) are liable, helping victims maximize their recoveries.”
Never try to settle the case on your own as a prompt payment from insurance companies might tempt you to do so. This will jeopardize the chances of making future claims if you settle immediately.
8. Keep a note
You might not be able to remember all the details regarding the accident in the future when you need to. This is where a note can help you with. Write down everything about the entire process during the accident, detail about any conversations you made, include details about visits to the doctor and injuries sustained from the collision. You can keep yourself organized this way and help you when you need to take any legal actions.
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Last Updated on July 8, 2020
18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life
The act of writing in a journal often seems daunting or unnecessary to many people. Even authors who work on novels might shun the idea of daily diaries. What purpose does jotting down words on a regular basis do if not contributing to the next novel, play or song? I know from experience many benefits of journaling that I wish to share.
1. Understand Yourself Better
Though many people and even writers avoid keeping journals, I vow to do it more often. Not only do I desire to take up daily journaling but also I plan to do it with pen to paper.
Some of the benefits I’ve found from my more active days include finding myself in the sense of understanding what matters to me and what I want out of life. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to find a spouse who is my best friend and advocate in raising children. I attribute this and much more to what I learned about myself in keeping journals for years.
2. Keep Track of Small Changes
I’ll admit that I never got very far with my guitar lessons, but in writing in a journal, I have seen the ability to track small changes like those that come when you practice anything.
Those learning a musical instrument often fail to see the small improvements that come with regular practice. Writing won’t help you switch chords any faster, but it will help you to develop a better sense for language and grammar just by doing it.
3. Become Aware of What Matters
As you continue to write in a journal, following a stream-of-consciousness feel, you can look back on the topics that you chose to write about. Those issues and emotions that poured out of you will provide insight on to what matters most to you.
You may not even realize that you’re job is depressing you or that you want to spend more time with your kids until you look over your thoughts that you weren’t really thinking about.
4. Boost Creativity
The idea that the brain and its neural activity across hemispheres encourages learning also shows up in increased creativity. Just like with learning an instrument, your increased activity will inspire your thoughts to connect and reconnect in different ways.
When I wrote in a journal, I often wrote poetry as well as just my thoughts as they came out. I started to hear poems more in my mind; so much so that I took to scrawling lines on napkins and finding metaphors in mundane activities.
You really are what you do, so writing helps grow more than being a writer. Writing boosts the way you communicate and structure language, which really is a creative process.
5. Represents Your Emotions in a Safe Environment
A journal is as private as it gets. You can lock it in a safe or tuck it under a pillow and no one will accidentally share it on social media or have an opportunity to “leave a comment.”
Write about your sorrow as much as your happiness and frustration and know that you don’t have to keep your emotions inside your body. You can put them on paper.
6. Process Life Experiences
When you take the time to look back over what you’ve written, be it a week or a year later, you will have the distance you need to more objectively interpret your raw feelings.
Everything from losing a job to losing a loved one can emerge in a new light for a fresh perspective. Figuring out how the benefits of journaling affect your perspective on life will create connection and increase creativity.
7. Stress Relief
In combining the exercise inherent in fine motor coordination that comes from the act of writing with the emotional release of self expression, those who maintain a journal relieve stress.
Try it out. Go home and write about your day. Write about the traffic. Write about the coffee order the barista got wrong but you didn’t have time to change. See how you can physically purge some of that pent-up stress by putting it on paper.
8. Provide Direction
Though journaling is often conducted as an activity without much direction, it often provides direction.
One of the biggest benefits of journaling is that your chaotic thoughts merge to show a direction in which to head. Asking the right questions is the only way to achieve the best solutions, so look to your journal to find your way toward your next goal.
9. Solve Problems
Just as in practicing math problems, we all get better at finding hidden solutions through the act of processing.
Think of your next goal as X and solve your life problems by reading your journals as word problems. The benefit of journaling here is that you write, explore and process to recognize and then solve problems.
When life is too in-your-face, you have to step back to see reality. Living in the moment allows us to write in the moment and use that expression to solve problems.
10. Find Relief From Fighting
Solving your problems only comes after time to process, recognize and strategize. Just as in the benefit of journaling where relief comes from the act of writing, relief from fighting comes when you decide to “sit this one out” and communicate one-way.
Fighting is only productive when the fighters care to communicate and find common ground. When the emotions are as high as the stress levels, writing will function as the best time out.
11. Find Meaning in Life
Journaling will show you why you are living, whether you are wallowing in things you wish to change or striving to make the changes. Your life will begin to take on new meaning and your own words will reveal the actions that got you where you are so that you can assess and pave a new path for your future.
12. Allow Yourself to Focus
Taking even a small amount of time out of every day will provide you with not only peace of mind but also increased focus. Taking a break to meditate in writing and journaling will sharpen your mental faculties.
13. Sharpen Your Spirituality
When we write, we allow all the energy and experiences to flow through us, which often provides further insight into our own spirituality. Even if your parents didn’t raise you to follow a specific religion, your thoughts will start to show you what you believe about the universe and your place in it.
14. Let the Past Go
I’ve mentioned a few examples where going back over your writing offers advice and direction, but the simply truth is that writing down our feelings can be the best way to let them go. We can choose to literally throw these pages away when they’re filled with negativity and hate.
15. Allow Freedom
Journaling is the perfect way to not only express yourself but to also experience the freedom of being who you are. Your books can stay private or you can publish them. Your freedom stems from your sense of self and your perception of your thoughts.
16. Enhance Your Career
Again, the private act of pen-to-paper processing provides the benefits of journaling mentioned above, but you can also enhance your career when you take similar ideas and categorize, edit and publish them in an online blog.
Your thoughts will often be personal and express emotions, but another benefit of journaling is uncovering fresh ideas about your work.
17. Literally Explore Your Dreams
All the benefits I’ve mentioned explore ideas, thoughts and emotions, which is also what our dreams and nightmares do. Through writing down your dreams from the previous night, you can enhance your creativity as well as connect some of the metaphorical dots from the rest of your journal.
18. Catalog Your Life for Others
No one wants to think about dying, but we all die. Leaving a journal will act as a way to reconnect with family and friends left behind. The ideas you wish to keep personal while you process the life you’re living will serve to rekindle and inspire those who loved you through the process.
We consider our partners our life witnesses, but writing provides a tangible mark on the world.
Now that you’ve learned all the benefits of journaling, it’s time to start writing a journal:
- 5 Powerful Ways Journal Writing Changes Your Life
- How to Bullet Journal to Skyrocket Your Productivity
- Need Journal Inspiration? 15 Journal Ideas to Kickstart
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