Living After a Car Accident

Everything feels different after something as terrifying as a car accident. Getting behind a wheel doesn’t feel as casual as it used to be and sometimes, you hold on just a little bit tighter. Driving within the speed limit feels like it’s too fast. When the door closes and you’re speeding down a highway, sometimes it can be too hard to breathe until you can get out and feel safe again.

Some people might tell you that the worst is over once your physical injuries have healed and you can just be on your merry way again right after, no problem. Little do they know that usually, it’s just getting started.

Living after a car accident is always difficult as there is everything to get used to. Out of necessity, someone has to feed you and get you through the motions of the day. There’s also your ability to work as sometimes, this can be hindered by the physical effects of a car accident. But what they don’t tell you is the things that change in your mind’s eye when you look at them.

There are survivors of car accidents who find it difficult to be trapped in enclosed spaces and suffer from severe claustrophobia. Some are triggered into panic attacks by the simplest of unexpected triggers such as road bumps, a car horn, the smell of gasoline, or just the sound of tires on asphalt. Many suffer from insomnia or have vivid nightmares from the accident or wake up with wounds on their body that they’d self-inflicted while asleep because they were trying to wake themselves up. Some people suffer then from clinical depression to the point of having suicidal thoughts and tendencies. These are only some of the more classic signs of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

This website points out steps survivors of car accidents can potentially take after the event. In legal terminology, personal injury is a situation wherein a person has suffered injury (physical, emotional, and/or mental) due to the negligent actions of another person. Psychological trauma and mental illness are difficult to treat but with efficient and effective therapy and medication, it can be survived too – despite all the odds.

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