If you’ve ever been in a car accident, there’s no question about how traumatic it can be. Whether major or minor, it’s usually totally unexpected and takes a minute before you can process what’s happening. It’s a horrible experience at any level. While preparation for an accident is ill-advised, as its best not to put that energy into the universe, it doesn’t hurt to have some idea of what to expect and how you should handle the process of submitting a claim once you’re past the actual accident. The recovery process doesn’t have to traumatize you like the accident did.