“It was an accident!” Those words, often spoken mournfully, demonstrate that as common as accidents are, we are often unhappily surprised by them. And indeed, accidents are very common. In the United States, every 7 seconds a disabling injury is caused by a motor vehicle crash,* and 1 in 5 Americans visit the emergency room at least once a year.**
When you or a family member is injured, you know that your medical insurance will take care of a good portion of your medical bills, but there are additional expenses (medical and non-medical in nature) that can accumulate quickly. How can you financially prepare for this unhappy situation?