The Impacts of a Car Accident

2-collision-repair-advertisementWhen a person’s car is damaged in an accident the impact can be grave. The severity of the impact upon the car will depend upon the nature of the accident, the degree of force applied to the vehicle, the area impacted by the force and the angle at which the force arrived to impact the vehicle. All this is governed by the laws of Newtonian physics. However, this physical impact is not the only impact the accident will have. This other impact of which I speak is the psychological impact of damaging and perhaps loosing the use of such an important tool used on a daily basis. This psychological impact is definitely not governed by the laws of Newtonian physics.

 

When a person’s car is damaged in an accident and taken to an auto body repair Salt Lake City the mechanics will get to work on the car. Most of the time, however, the mechanics can do little work on the emotional impact the owner of the car will undergo. Perhaps from time to time a car owner who has been in an accident will encounter the kind mechanic with compassion and empathy. But it is rare indeed for a mechanic to have the counseling skills that a trained psychiatrist would possess. After all, that is not their job. Their job is to fix the impact suffered by your car in the accident.

 

Now how to deal with the psychological impact of a car accident is certainly beyond the scope of a three hundred to five hundred word article intended for web bots to read. Probably the best thing to do is talk to someone about it if the emotions feel overwhelming. This can certainly be someone in the mental health field such as a psychologist or psychiatrist. But it could also be a trusted friend with a sympathetic ear. Probably, it is best to leave the mechanics in the auto body Salt Lake City shop free to do their job.

Road Trip Adventures

auto-enthusiastsI am now going to tell you the story about how my wife and I found ourselves sitting in the lobby of an auto body shop in Salt Lake City. There is a little bit of background information I need to lay out before we get to that point but don’t worry. I will get you there.

So we planned a road trip of the southwestern United States because neither of us had spent much time in that region. We flew to Phoenix, Arizona and spent a few days in a nice hotel. When we went to pick up our rental car the dealer did not have the model we reserved and upgraded us to a Cadillac. Let me tell you it was one sweet ride.

From Phoenix we drove north to the Grand Canyon. We hiked down the Kaibab trail. We both grew up in the northeast and had never seen such scenery before. I remember having the experience upon first seeing the canyon that my brain did not believe what my eyes were seeing. At the bottom of the canyon we ate a glorious hiker’s stew in a cabin mess hall and then spent an uncomfortable night camping at a campsite that must have had thousands of previous occupants because the ground was as hard as cement. The next day we hiked up the Bright Angel trail which was longer, but not as steep as the trail we hiked the day before. This hike taught me to carry only what I need and nothing more, bring plenty of water, and never wear boxers hiking because they ride up the legs and chafe my inner thighs. By the time we made it back to the Cadillac our legs were dead tired. From the Grand Canyon we drove north to Sedona. On the way we stopped for gas. I could barely lift my legs out of the car to get to the pumps.

Little did I know, in less than a week I would be sitting in the lobby of a collision repair shop in Salt Lake City.

To be continued…