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Car Accident PTSD and How It Can Affect You

Published on Sep 25, 2020 at 8:26 am in Auto Accident.

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Physical injuries from car accidents are talked about commonly, but what’s not talked about as much is the emotional trauma that victims of car accidents can suffer from long after the bruises and broken bones have healed. Car accidents are traumatic events that can leave emotional injuries, especially when the collision is dangerous enough to be life-threatening.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can develop after a life-threatening event, like a car wreck. An article published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) reports that PTSD affects around 30 percent of car accident victims.

If you’re suffering from physical and emotional injuries after a car crash that wasn’t your fault, you shouldn’t have to deal with the costs surrounding your treatment for those injuries. At Thomas Law Offices in Cincinnati, OH, we know that dealing with trauma after your accident can be difficult on its own, and filing a car accident claim can add even more complications to your life. That’s why we’re here to guide you through the legal process so that you can focus on healing.

Symptoms of PTSD After a Car Accident

While you might know the symptoms to look for after a car accident to identify if you might have a physical injury, you might not recognize the symptoms that could point to you having PTSD. Emotional disorders like PTSD can have a negative effect on the way you live your day to day life, so it’s important to know what to look for in yourself or a loved one who has been in a car accident.

Here are the symptoms of PTSD after a car wreck:

  • Intrusive thoughts about the accident
  • Dreams about the accident
  • Refusing to drive
  • Avoiding discussing the accident
  • Avoiding thinking about the accident
  • Numbing of emotional reactions
  • Acting detached
  • Easily startled
  • Easily irritable
  • Trouble sleeping

One of the main reasons why car accident victims develop these symptoms is because the accident felt like it threatened their life, whether or not the accident was an actual threat to their life. This feeling that your life was in danger is one of the leading causes of PTSD after a car accident. Seeking treatment for your emotional distress after you recognize symptoms of car accident PTSD is essential and can help you get back to feeling like you did before the wreck.

Lasting Effects of Car Accident PTSD

The distress and imbalance that PTSD can cause on your emotional state can be debilitating on your way of life. If you don’t recognize the symptoms of PTSD in yourself or a loved one after a car wreck, you could be delaying treatment, and thus prolonging the effects of PTSD. It’s important to seek treatment for emotional trauma like PTSD because you could have severe psychological impacts on the rest of your life.

While about 30 percent of car accident victims develop PTSD from their car wrecks and seek treatment, about 7.4 percent of victims with PTSD have the disorder for the rest of their lives. The NCBI article from above states that PTSD from car accidents is a leading cause of PTSD and affects up to 7 million people in the United States.

If PTSD goes untreated, then the symptoms listed above could continue, and could even progress to more devastating versions of the symptoms. Without healthy coping mechanisms, victims of car accident PTSD who go untreated could develop unhealthy coping mechanisms, like drug or alcohol dependency, or partaking in reckless activities.

A car accident can be a terrifying event that changes your life. When it impacts your mental health and causes you constant emotional distress, it’s important to seek help so you can get back to feeling normal.

Thomas Law Offices Can Represent You

After a motor vehicle wreck in Cincinnati, you might be suffering from physical and emotional injuries that require treatment. When the collision wasn’t your fault, you shouldn’t have to worry about the costs related to your hospital visits, medication, therapy, and lost wages. That’s where filing a car accident claim can help you.

An experienced car accident lawyer from Thomas Law Offices can ensure that you get justice for the damages that your car wreck caused. We will fully investigate the accident and compile all of the necessary information to build the strongest case possible for you. Let us handle the legal side of things while you focus on healing. Reach out to us today so we can get started on your case.