Car Crash Trauma: It Could Be Post-Traumatic Stress
Each year more than six million traffic accidents occur in the United States. In Indiana, that number is 188,841 (Indiana University, School of Public and Environmental Health, 2012). Additionally, 718 of those Hoosier accidents were deadly and resulted in 779 fatalities, a 6.5 percent increase from 2011.
With numbers like that it is not uncommon for traffic accident victims to experience many feelings in the days and weeks to follow. For most people these feelings can be normal and they are able to cope and move on. Other people have feelings that are strong and long lasting. Those feelings can include shock, trouble acknowledging being in wreck, confusion and anger, anxiety and worry, nervousness and fear of realizing they could have died, guilt and general trouble moving on. Many of these people also keep going over the accident in their minds, causing them to constantly be thinking about it while trying to work, go to school, or while parenting. The accident has stopped them from being able to carry on with their regular daily activities, especially if they have also been injured. Life can become very difficult for these accident victims and they may be experiencing a condition called post-traumatic stress.
The American Academy of Physicians says if you have post-traumatic stress, you are likely to have other relatable problems such as:
- An ongoing, general feeling of uneasiness
- Problems driving or riding in vehicles
- Not wanting to have medical tests or procedures done
- Irritability, or excessive worry or anger
- Nightmares or trouble sleeping
- A feeling that you’re not connected to other events or people
- Ongoing memories of the accident that you can’t stop or control
Moving Your Life Forward After A Car Accident
If you have been in a car accident and think you are experiencing post-traumatic stress, you will want to see your family doctor. They can evaluate you and may suggest medication to help you. A doctor might advise you stay active and exercise often and take part in your routine activities to keep you busy. Make sure you aren’t doing anything though that would further bother any personal injuries you sustained during the accident. Have your family doctor make a medical note of how much you can do safely. In addition, be sure to talk with a health expert like a counselor and rely on friends and relatives to explain the details of the accident. Talking about what you are feeling can help you cope.
When you are ready to get back on the road, take some lessons on how to become a defensive driver. Experts agree you can also feel better knowing you are lowering your risk of future accidents or injuries by driving defensively and carefully.
Speak with a personal injury lawyer if the accident you were involved in has taken a serious toll on your health and well-being. No one deserves to suffer after being involved in a car wreck.
The accident lawyers at Wagner Reese have decades of experience and success working with motor vehicle accident victims to ensure they are compensated properly for the injuries sustained due to the wrongdoing of another. Call us now for a FREE initial consultation: (888) 204-8440.