We all know that accidents happen, and that from those accidents, a loss can occur. But do you often think of how enormous those potential losses can truly be? Have you ever thought all the way through in the long term what happens in the aftermath of a tragedy? A specific viewpoint to look at would be considering a loss financially, but there are also social, emotional, and structural events to note.
Even though we never want accidents to happen, thinking about the consequences in advance can help us to prepare for them or potentially also prevent them. Think of the example of a car accident. We do everything we can to avoid them, but knowing what we would do if it did happen can help us to react to the situation more appropriately.
There is also the matter of medical costs. Any accident where an injury occurs can potentially bring with it a lifetime of medical needs. Then there is the future of your job. If you get in an accident and can no longer perform your professional function, what are you going to do? It is thinking about these questions in advance that will help you build a less reactive future.
As a defensive driver that I’m sure you are, you probably feel like you’re never going to get in a car accident. If you’re lucky, this will be true. But a majority of people at some point at least get into a fender bender. Do you know what to do when that happens? Are you prepared for the consequences in the aftermath of an accident?
What happens if it is more severe than you know how to handle? Thinking about those questions in advance of getting on the road can help you react appropriately when things do happen that might be considered accidents.
After an accident where there is a personal injury, there can be a tremendous number of medical bills that pile up. In some instances, people even go bankrupt because of medical costs. The health insurance industry is all kinds of messed up right now. Even if you think you are covered in many instances of life-changing accidents, your insurance may not provide the support that you need. That’s why going over the potential for these accidents in advance is so important.
The Future of Your Job
The future of your job can potentially be at stake in the event of an accident as well. If you look at the world’s most dangerous jobs, one thing that you will recognize is that most of the accidents that happen at these jobs prevent you from being able to continue performing that professional function. Safety training is paramount at any job. But, especially when you are around anything dangerous like chemicals, heat, or cutting devices, you must understand the potential loss for even a small misstep.
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