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The psychological effects of a car accident

On Behalf of | Apr 28, 2023 | Car Accidents

Physical injuries are usually the first thing that comes to mind when an accident happens. However, the psychological effects of a car crash are equally significant, and they can have a long-term adverse impact on the victims.

In some cases, the psychological harm a crash victim suffers can be more severe than their physical injuries and interfere with everyday life. Below are some potential psychological issues that may arise after a car accident.

Anxiety and stress disorders

It’s not uncommon for people involved in an accident to become anxious about getting back on the road. It can be due to a fear of being involved in another accident. The anxiety can be debilitating and prevent them from driving altogether, which can have a significant impact on their quality of life.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is another potential psychological effect of a crash. People with PTSD can experience flashbacks, nightmares and other symptoms similar to what soldiers experience after combat. PTSD can be particularly challenging to deal with because the person constantly relives the accident in their mind.

Depression and other mental disorders

People can feel sad, hopeless and overwhelmed after an accident, putting them at risk of slipping into depression. This is particularly true if they sustained severe injuries or if the accident resulted in the death of a loved one.

These feelings of depression can impact a person’s ability to function and even lead to suicidal thoughts. Brain injuries can also lead to mental issues such as a sudden change in a person’s temperament and personality, substance abuse and trouble sleeping.

The costs of treatment for the psychological effects of an accident are among the damages you are entitled to with a car accident claim. The expenses of managing some of these conditions can be significant, and it is only fair you receive compensation that will help improve your quality of life.