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Can a Car Accident Cause PTSD?

When you’re involved in a serious car accident, physical trauma isn’t the only thing you need to worry about. Often, the mental impact can be just as difficult to endure and some car crash survivors are even diagnosed with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) that makes it difficult to ride in a car or perform daily tasks.

PTSD is not an uncommon outcome of a car accident and it’s important for anyone involved in a crash and their family members to understand how car crash-related PTSD can affect their lives and how victims can pursue justice for their trauma.

Coping with PTSD

Post-traumatic stress following a car accident can make it nearly impossible to do things you once enjoyed, especially when it comes to getting back into a vehicle. The feelings of anxiety and associated flashbacks can make matters worse. Therefore, it’s vital to adopt coping mechanisms and seek therapy to help you address the trauma.

  • Therapy can help you address the cause of your triggers to either face them head on or avoid them.

  • Having someone you can reach out to during moments of stress can help support your feelings and urge you to calm down.

  • R.A.I.N. (Recognize, Accept, Investigate, Not-Identify) is a popular coping method. This mechanism helps recognize the condition exists, accept that you have PTSD, investigate why it occurs, and not let it identify who you are.

That said, overcoming post-traumatic stress is no easy feat. Treatment options can take years and victims may struggle with the long term impacts in their daily lives.

Legal Options Following PTSD

Because a crash that leads to PTSD can change your life and make it much harder to follow your usual routines, it is vital to pursue justice when a negligent driver was responsible for the crash. That justice can be used to seek compensation for the cost of therapy or other treatment options and help you return to normal.

If you or someone you love suffer from PTSD due to a car crash, we are here for you. If you’d like to schedule a free case consultation with an experienced Columbus car accident lawyer from Ross, Midian & Breitmayer, LLC, please don’t hesitate to call (614) 450-2223 or send us an email.