Have you seen a human body? It is an accident waiting to happen. Every aspect of it is prone to injury. Toes sticking out of the end of our feet are just begging to get stubbed and broken. We are all soft and squishy, making us depressingly easy to puncture.
The sun gives us cancer. Much of the water on the planet is problematical. Much of the air is unbreathable. And don’t even get me started on the brain. It is so easily distracted, it is a wonder we ever complete tasks without hurting ourselves.
You can’t completely stop people being careless and irresponsible. But you can make them pay when their irresponsible actions cause you damage. And it helps. It used to be that people thought drinking and driving was no big deal. Now, people are much more hesitant to do it because there is a price attached.
Places around NYC used to be a lot more dangerous. It is a lot safer today thanks in part to the efforts of people like these Bronx personal injury attorney groups out there that make people accountable for their irresponsibility.
It is not overly litigious to seek remunerations for damages someone else caused. By holding them responsible, you make it less likely that they will cause someone else similar damage.
We used to deal with these situations with blood feuds. Today, we settle it through the law. There are ways to settle disputes without bloodshed.
Reduce your risk
Driving is one of the biggest responsibilities we have. And yet it is taken for granted more than most. How serious a responsibility could it be? After all, we let 16-year-olds do it. And if there is one thing we know about teenagers, especially boys, is that they are the furthest thing from responsible.
Don’t text and drive seems obvious until you watch a teen or young adult behind the wheel of a car. We are evolutionarily predisposed to do unwise things when young. According to the experts, our brains aren’t even fully formed until age 25. Our current laws and what we know about science are at odds.
What can you do? Be excessively responsible when you do drive. Perhaps, take public transportation. Ride a bicycle. Better yet, walk. Don’t just do it for exercise. Do it to reduce congestion on the roads and to make it a little less likely that an accident will clog the highway in the morning.
The bottom line
Besides all the hassles that often accompany accidents like car repairs, hospital and doctors’ visits and the pain of recovering, we should also address the impact on our wallets. While you will probably recoup your expenses and even a bit on top of that, you’re still like to have shell out money for those hassles just mentioned. There’s the deductible on your car insurance for repairs, and if the car gets “totaled” by the insurer a lot of the time the payout doesn’t come close to covering the cost of a comparable vehicle. Then the medical bills, even if you have insurance, could add up. Once you account for deductibles, copays and medicines the total can be financially devastating. Things like supplemental insurance or a rainy-day fund can be a make-or-break lifeline.
The human body is easily damaged. But it also has a brilliant self-healing mechanism aided by modern medicine. When self-healing is not enough, we need to make the people who are responsible for causing accidents in the first place accountable for their actions. We can reduce our accident footprint by driving less. And we can take care of our bodies so that they are more accident resistant.