Labor Day is one of the worst days for traffic accidents. are you ready?

I got my last hot dog and hamburger off the grill and hit the highway this Labor Day weekend. The last thing we think of is a car accident, but according to the National Safety Council estimates, tens of thousands of accidents will occur over the weekend, and more than 52,000 people will seek medical attention for injuries sustained in a car accident this weekend. And nearly 500 will, unfortunately, suffer fatal injuries.

What you do immediately after you get into an accident, whether it’s bending the fender or something more serious, will determine whether you increase or decrease your loss. As an attorney practicing in 18 states and advising thousands of victims over nearly three decades of legal practice, some of the key steps on the scene are critical.

The truth is that when someone gets into a car accident, the first thing that comes to our mind is to run away and get around. Most people think this feeling has to do with relief, but this reaction is already embedded in our DNA as a survival instinct.

When something painful happens, our heart rate rises. We start pumping more oxygen into our blood and our pain receptors go down. That’s why sometimes, even after a serious injury, we can walk away from the accident and not feel the extent of the pain until later.

Car accidents are scary and messy. In the aftermath, everything seems to move very quickly, and many things can be forgotten. Since our minds are going to be racing, it might be a good idea to make a checklist to stow in the glove box in case you get into an accident. This is why it is so important to be aware of some of the procedures to follow should the worst happen.

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