I was so excited to meet my friends in Pensacola this past March for spring break. I never get to go to the beach because I live in Tennessee. When the opportunity arose, the ten-hour drive didn’t even phase me. I knew I’d have to stop many times along the way to make sure I got enough rest and stayed aware of my surroundings, but I was ready for the ride. When I finally made it to my destination, I knew the fun was about to begin.
An Unexpected Accident in Pensacola
I must have done something to build up bad karma, because within an hour of arriving in Pensacola, I was T-boned by an SUV at an intersection. The driver who hit me was texting behind the wheel and totaled my car. Thankfully, I made it out alive, but I broke three ribs, hit my head, and had to go to the hospital. My trip was cut short and my dreams of getting in the blue water of the Gulf of Mexico were crushed.
After calling my parents, they flew down immediately to be by my side during recovery. They also hired a Pensacola car accident lawyer because it was clear the other driver was at fault. I thought that my only injuries were some broken ribs and a mild concussion, but as time went on, my concussion symptoms didn’t go away.
The Long-Term Effects of the Crash
I continued to suffer from terrible headaches and neck pain for months after the accident. I went to multiple doctors and explained my car accident injuries. After investigating my concussion further with a brain and spine MRI, I found out I had bulging discs in my neck. I also had chronic migraines that developed from my head injury. I had to be put on daily medication.
My lawyer used my medical records as evidence to increase my car accident claim in court. I’m glad I found out the extent of my head injury sooner rather than later so I could hold the driver accountable and get compensation for all of my medical expenses. At first, I was frustrated that my Pensacola vacation was cut short. But now, I’m angry that my life has been changed because of this distracted driver.
If it wasn’t for this driver’s negligence, I’d be living without pain. I wouldn’t have to take daily medication for migraines, wouldn’t have excessive medical expenses to worry about, and wouldn’t have to go through the courts to seek justice. All I can do know is accept what happened and move forward. Thankfully, with the help of a strong legal team, I was able to move on more easily.