Picking up the pieces following vehicle accidents

john lewis dodge durango accident pickup truck

John Lewis’ Dodge Durango was totaled in his accident last September. He now has a pickup truck.

MARK KULAW / Northwest Florida Daily News
Published: Monday, February 11, 2013 at 06:03 PM.

Problems vehicle accident victims face don’t end after the wreckage is removed from the road, a citation is written or the driver at fault is charged.

Some victims face months of recovery, years of discomfort or a lifetime of hurt.

“A lot of times, it’s a downward spiral from the moment they’re involved in the accident,” said Jon David Simpson with the Simpson Law Firm. “It starts with not having your vehicle. Then there’s the daily inconvenience of not being able to do normal activities because of the injury, losing time from work, dealing with unpaid medical bills and dealing with the insurance company if they deny a claim for coverage made by the victim under an insurance policy.

“From the moment of the accident, it’s a downward spiral of inconvenience, and as time goes on the nature of what they’re going through increases.”

Moving on

Every time John Lewis turns onto Airport Road near Crestview, he instinctively turns down the radio and grips the steering wheel a little tighter. He knows where the utility pole sits with the marks made by his sport utility vehicle just five months ago, but he won’t turn his head to look.

Lewis, 44, says driving is getting easier, but he doesn’t think he’ll ever be calm when passing the scene of his accident.

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