How To Deal With The Emotional Aftermath Of A Car Accident

Emotional-Car-Accident-scaledVictims of car accidents may be forced to deal with painful lacerations and bruises or even more severe injuries, like broken bones and traumatic brain injury (TBI). However, it is essential to remember that collision-related injuries are not always physical. It is common to experience various emotions, such as anxiety, anger, fear, and depression. For some victims, these feelings can persist long after their bodily injuries have healed. 

Victims of more severe car accidents, especially those involving wrongful deaths and grave disfigurements, often develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). If you or a loved one are struggling with the emotional aftermath of a car accident, help is available. In this guide, the Dietrich Law Firm P.C.’s caring attorneys will discuss symptoms of psychological trauma and provide tips for coping with the repercussions. 

Common Symptoms Of Emotional Distress 

Symptoms of emotional trauma often vary significantly from victim to victim. Some victims might show signs immediately after the accident. In contrast, others may not exhibit symptoms until weeks or months later. The following symptoms are a good indication that you may be struggling with acute stress disorder and should be evaluated by a mental health expert:

  1. Intrusive feelings and thoughts;
  2. Uncontrollable anxiety;
  3. Depression that makes it difficult to function;
  4. Extreme anger;
  5. Flashbacks or reliving the accident;
  6. Nightmares about the collision;
  7. Withdrawing from close friends and family;
  8. Finding it much more difficult to concentrate;
  9. Fatigue;
  10. Getting startled easily;
  11. Sleeping more often or struggling to fall asleep; and
  12. Avoiding things that remind you of the accident. 

Advice For Recovering From Car Accident Trauma 

After a devastating crash, everyone copes differently when it comes to healing and recovering emotionally. Some victims may prefer talking openly about their feelings, while others might keep their feelings bottled up inside. Remembering that there is no right way to cope with a car accident is essential. The main thing is finding a way that works best for you. Below are some simple suggestions to help you overcome this difficult time. 

  1. Acknowledge your feelings;
  2. Seek help from a professional;
  3. Find a support group;
  4. Talk about what occurred;
  5. Stay active;
  6. Be patient and allow your body time to heal properly;
  7. Get lots of rest;
  8. Limit all physical activity; 
  9. Avoid self-isolation; 
  10. Take time off from work to relax;
  11. Try to stay positive;
  12. Take care of yourself; and
  13. Seek advice from an elite Buffalo, New York, car accident attorney

Suppose your physical, mental, or emotional health has been affected by a collision. In that case, obtaining reasonable compensation may be the best way to get you back on your feet. Jed Dietrich Esq. and his battle-tested team can help you understand your legal rights and provide crucial guidance to support your healing process. The Dietrich Law Firm P.C.’s compassionate team wants to remind you that caring for your mental health and emotional well-being should always be your top priority. Please call our seasoned team at 716-839-3939 or complete the online consultation form to schedule your complimentary, no-obligation case assessment.

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