Were you involved in a truck accident recently? Has the lockdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic added to your challenges of navigating your way through the aftermath of the accident?
The global population has been through several extremely tough times in the last couple of hundred years.
The first pandemic known as the Black Plague or Bubonic Plague swept through Europe and Asia in the mid-1300s, resulting in the deaths of between 75 million and 200 million people. The second iteration of this plague swept through England during 1665 and 1666, killing 25% of London’s population in eighteen months.
The smallpox epidemic was the third major epidemic to sweep across large parts of the world. This time it was the turn of the New World where the smallpox virus arrived with European explorers in the fifteenth century, killing tens of millions of the indigenous peoples living in this part of the world.
Until the arrival of COVID-19, the most recent major pandemic was the outbreak of the Spanish Flu in 1918. It is estimated that 500 million people or 33% of the world’s population was infected with this flu virus, killing over 50 million people worldwide. And, finally, the current global pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus, COVID-19 has currently infected 4.66 million people across the globe and resulting in 312,000 deaths worldwide.
The salient point of this discussion is that, while global pandemics are severe, and should not be underestimated, history demonstrates that this pandemic will pass, and life will continue. It will probably never be the same again. However, it will be possible to navigate the new normal.
Managing a truck accident during COVID-19
The good news is that there is help available. You do not have to navigate your way through the aftermath of the truck accident during the global pandemic by yourself. Here are a few pointers to help you cope:
Hire a legal expert
The lawyers at MG Law are proficient at managing the repercussions caused by a truck accident. They will negotiate with your insurance company as well as the truck owner’s insurance company and file a personal injury claim on your behalf should it be necessary. They will also collect witness statements, police accident reports, and medical bills to determine the cost of the accident.
Seek medical help for PTSD
The COVID-19 pandemic, the need for social distancing, and the resulting economic downturn have negatively impacted people’s mental health and wellbeing. Statistics show that 45% of American adults have reported that their “mental health has been negatively impacted due to the worry and stress over the virus.”
And, the emotional aftermath of being involved in a road accident can include feelings of shock, anger, anxiety or nervousness, fear, guilt, and trouble believing that the accident happened. Under normal circumstances, these feelings should go away. However, combined with the stress and anxiety caused by the COVID-19, these feelings will probably escalate.
Thus, it is essential to seek medical advice so that these anxious and out-of-control feelings do not escalate.