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Understanding PTSD after an auto accident

On Behalf of | Sep 14, 2022 | Car Accidents |

Imagine this – someone was driving when a car unexpectedly and abruptly pulled out in front of them. The collision may have injured them and any passengers and damaged their car. After recovering, they may have gone for a drive when they suddenly felt anxious and sick and their handles trembled before they even left their driveway – this could be a sign that the driver is experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 

What is PTSD? Here’s what you should know:

Post-traumatic stress disorder can happen to anyone, even you

PTSD is often a physiological health disorder that’s seen in people who’ve experienced a traumatic event – and can show symptoms similar to people who have gone to war.

PTSD has gone by many names over the years: shell shock, combat fatigue or operational exhaustion. More commonly, people hear about PTSD in combat veterans, but PTSD isn’t biased and can happen to anyone, no matter their race, gender, age or culture. PTSD may cause symptoms such as:

  • Intrusive thoughts
  • Depression
  • Avoidance
  • Memory issues
  • Anxiety 

How does PTSD affect driving? Someone could experience PTSD in a driving incident after losing a loved one or experiencing a near-death experience. Symptoms of PTSD could cause a driver to freeze up while driving, completely ignore their surroundings or drive erratically for fear of their life.

PTSD can be a vicious cycle, affecting other drivers who may in turn affect you after an accident. If you were recently in a car crash and need medical attention and therapy, you may need to reach out for legal help. You have a right to expect compensation for all your injuries and losses. 

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