Surviving Your First Car Accident: What to Do and Not to Do

Surviving Your First Car Accident: What to Do and Not to Do

If you've just had your first accident, there are some things that you should and shouldn't do.

A car accident can be life-changing, but most of us will go through at least one in our lifetime. If you've just had your first accident, there are some things that you should and shouldn't do.

Don't Leave the Scene

Panic can make us do crazy things. Your first instinct may be to flee the scene out of fear, but keep calm and stay put. Leaving the scene of an accident is illegal.

Stop the vehicle and protect the scene if you can do so safely. If you're in the middle of the road, pull over to somewhere safe. Make sure that everyone is okay.

Do Call the Police and Get Medical Attention

Once you are safely out of the way of traffic, call the police and get the medical attention you need. Your health is your top priority.

Even if you don't have any obvious injuries, you should see a doctor. Sometimes, injuries take some time to present themselves. If you wait too long to get medical attention, the insurance company may argue that your injury was not related to the accident.

When the police arrive at the scene, you will need to provide a full account of what happened. The police report will help support your case.

Don't Argue with the Other Driver; Don't Admit Fault

Don't argue with the other driver – even if the accident appears to be his or her fault. Placing blame and berating the other party won't make the situation any better. In fact, it may make the situation worse, especially if it escalates into a physical fight. Apart from asking if the other driver is okay, you may want to avoid any verbal communication with the other party.

While some people are inclined to argue, others are inclined to take the blame. Do not admit fault to the other driver, the police, or anyone – even if you think you're at fault.

Do Speak to Witnesses and Write Down an Account of the Accident

If you're not seriously injured, take the time ask witnesses for their contact information. Their accounts of the accident will also help support your case.

While you're at it, write down your own account of the accident. Include every little detail you can remember. What time did the accident occur? What was the weather like? What were the road conditions like?

Write down this information as soon as you can, while the incident is still fresh in your memory.

Don't Speak to the Other Party's Insurance Company Without a Lawyer

The insurance company will do everything in its power to get you to settle for as little as possible. Do not speak to the other party's insurance company without your lawyer.

You will be asked to give a recorded statement of the accident, and your statement may be used against you during the claims settlement process or in a lawsuit.

Your lawyer will talk directly to the insurance company on your behalf.

Do Call a Lawyer

Speaking of lawyers – don't forget to call one. A lawyer will advocate for your rights and help ensure you get a fair settlement from the insurance company.

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A Love Letter To The Girl Who Cares Too Much About Everyone But Herself

This one's for you.

You, the girl with a heart full of love and no place big enough to store it all.

Our generation is so caught up in this notion that it's "cool" not to care about anything or anyone. I know you've tried to do just that. I'm sure there was a brief moment where you genuinely believed you were capable of not caring, especially since you convinced everyone around you that you didn't. But that just isn't true, is it? Don't be ashamed of this, don't let anyone ridicule you for having emotions. After everything life has put you through you have still remained soft. This is what makes you, you. This is what makes you beautiful. You care so deeply and love so boldly and it is incredible, never let the world take this from you.

Have Your Voice Heard: Become an Odyssey Creator

You are the girl who will give and give and give until you have absolutely nothing left. Some may see this as a weakness, an inconvenience, the perfect excuse to walk all over you. I know you try to make sense of it all, why someone you cared so much about would treat you the way they did. You'll make excuses for them, rationalize it and turn it all around on yourself. You'll tell yourself that maybe just maybe they will change even though you know deep down they won't. You gave them everything you had and it still feels as if they took it all and ran. When this happens, remind yourself that you are not a reflection of those who cannot love you. The way that people treat you does not define who you are. Tell yourself this every day, over and over until it sticks. Remind yourself that you are gold, darling, and sometimes they will prefer silver and that is OK.

I know you feel guilty when you have to say no to something, I know you feel like you are letting everyone you love down when you do. Listen to me, it is not your responsibility to tend to everyone else's feelings all the time. By all means, treat their feelings with care, but remember it is not the end of the world when you cannot help them right away. Remember that it is OK to say no. You don't have to take care of everyone else all the time. Sometimes it's OK to say no to lunch with your friends and just stay home in bed to watch Netflix when you need a minute for yourself. I know sometimes this is much easier said than done because you are worried about letting other people down, but please give it a try.

With all of this, please remember that you matter. Do not be afraid to take a step back and focus on yourself. You owe yourself the same kind of love and patience and kindness and everything that you have given everyone else. It is OK to think about and put yourself first. Do not feel guilty for taking care of yourself. You are so incredibly loved even when it doesn't feel like it, please always remember that. You cannot fill others up when your own cup is empty. Take care of yourself.

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6 Simple Steps You Can Take To Start Overcoming Your Morning Anxiety

Getting through your rough mornings the right way.


I have struggled with anxiety almost my entire life. Anxiety feels like you are drowning in a pool and no one can see that you can't swim. It takes a lot of work and self control every single day to overcome anxiety. The worst time of day for me and I think for a lot of other people is in the morning. Your mind races at night when you sleep and you wake up and feel as if a train has hit you. Here are some life hacks I use everyday to help with my anxiety.

1. Go to Sleep Early and Wake Up Early 

I know this sounds kind of lame for most of you. But, if you are a sufferer of morning anxiety, making changes to the times you get to sleep and when you wake up will be beneficial to your body's mental state.

2. Sleep with the Fan On 

According to sleeping in a cold room is helpful in areas of mood enhancement, reducing stress, and even prevents insomnia. For anxiety suffers, we all know that staying asleep at night is a process and it is often impossible to stay asleep because your mind is racing all night. Making sure your room is cold can be beneficial in lessen your morning anxiety.

3. Avoid Using Your Phone an Hour Before You Sleep

As young adults we often are drawn to checking our phones constantly. Whether it be for a snap chat or a text. How ever, taking your eyes off your phone before you go to sleep is only going to make you feel better in the morning. Getting in the right mindset and straying away from stimulating behaviors before you sleep will help with the anxiety.

4. Yoga in the Morning 

This is one that I do every single morning without fail. Doing yoga does not mean you need to attend a full blown hour class of hot yoga every morning. But, doing some small stretches when you first wake to make connections with your mind and body will give you a nice start to your morning. Thanking yourself for waking up to the day and giving yourself a little boost of motivation.

5. Upbeat Music in the Morning 

It's all about your morning playlist! Now I know some people really enjoy their silence in the morning and that is okay! Personally the first thing I do in the morning is turn on my speaker and play some really good music. I will always lean more towards upbeat music because it gets me excited for the adventures of the day.

6. Have a Green Drink instead of Coffee

All my fellow coffee lovers will not like this one… I LOVE coffee, when I say I LOVE it I mean I would drink it as a replacement for water if I could. Coffee actually is not the best thing for you. Having a green drink with spinach, pineapples, and orange juice will give you a natural energy boost and also give you some good calories first thing in the morning.


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