Any person who has been in a vehicle collision is at risk for developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In fact, nearly 50 percent of people who have been in a crash that resulted in injury are at risk.
Not everyone who is in a wreck will develop PTSD. Some people will experience anxiety when driving for a few weeks and suddenly realize that they are no longer checking their rearview mirror or looking over their shoulder as much as they were. For others, however, the feeling of anxiety doesn’t dissipate.
When someone is in a car accident and they have previously experienced a traumatic event, they are at a higher risk for developing PTSD. When a person has been in a car accident previously, a second car accident, motorcycle accident or truck accident can cause an emotional shift.
Studies have been conducted in an attempt to determine who is most at risk for developing PTSD after a vehicle collision. Risk factors that have been determined to increase the risk include:
One study found that if a person involved in a car accident perceived their life to be in danger, whether or not the perception was accurate, that perception led to avoidance. For example, if a person is involved in a serious collision, they may avoid driving down a certain stretch of road or may insist on driving instead of being a passenger. When people practice this type of avoidance, they are more likely to develop PTSD.
Not everyone will experience PTSD in the same way, but there are commonalities. There are a number of symptoms associated with PTSD, and a person may experience one or more as part of their own disorder. Common symptoms include:
You can’t control the responses that your body has. These automatic responses are designed to keep you out of harm’s way. They alert you to potential dangers and prevent you from finding yourself in the same situation. Unfortunately, your body is being hypersensitive and reacting when there is no actual danger present.
It is when the symptoms described above don’t go away within a few weeks that you may want to consider getting help. When these symptoms begin to interfere with your daily life or your health, it’s time to speak to someone.
If you believe that you may be suffering with PTSD following a car accident, no matter how minor or serious the accident was, it’s important that you seek help. There are trained counselors and therapists available to assist you in your recovery. PTSD is incredibly difficult to “get over” on your own.
Some therapies include exposure therapy where you are presented with what you fear. Other therapies include individual and group sessions. The type of therapy or treatment you receive will depend on the severity of your PTSD, your needs and your desires. Reach out to someone for help today.
When a person is involved in a vehicle collision and the other driver is found to be at fault, the victim may be entitled to a variety of compensations. If a person is unable to return to work, either temporarily or permanently, they may be awarded lost wages. If a person is saddled with medical bills, the at-fault party may be ordered to pay those bills.
Every vehicle collision in West Palm Beach is unique. If you have been involved in an accident, call our team of experienced attorneys. We will review the details of your accident and advise you of your legal options. You may have the right to compensation for your injuries, property damage and more. Call today to schedule an appointment for a free case evaluation and discover more about how we can assist you and your family.