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Psychological trauma can come after a car crash

| Dec 24, 2020 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

When some people think of a trauma they’ve experienced, they may think of things like the death of a loved one or something similar. Most people wouldn’t classify a car wreck as a traumatic event unless it was a very serious crash. It’s imperative for anyone who’s been in a car wreck to realize that this is actually a traumatic event. And, it’s one that can lead to psychological problems in the future. 

How can car wrecks cause psychological distress?

It’s possible that you can develop post-traumatic stress disorder because of the wreck. There are a host of other mental health conditions that can also develop. These include:

  • Anguish
  • Anxiety
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Depression
  • Nightmares
  • Fearfulness

All of these things can make it harder for someone to get back in a vehicle or function normally in their day-to-day life.

What can victims do about these psychological issues?

If you were involved in a crash, you should pay close attention to how you’re handling it mentally and emotionally. As time progresses, the symptoms you’re experiencing should begin to abate. If they don’t, you may consider seeking mental health help like therapy or medication. A strong support system is essential when you’re suffering from the emotional aftermath of a wreck.

Anyone who’s dealing with the consequences of a serious car crash shouldn’t overlook the psychological effects they may be suffering. This is a big consideration if you’re seeking compensation from the negligent driver who struck you. You may also have other damages, such as those from lost wages or medical bills that you can claim.