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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders and Car Accidents

Posted on January 14, 2015

Oklahoma residents may be interested in learning more about the impact post-traumatic stress can have after being involved in a car accident. For some people, the overwhelming feelings caused by a car accident never wane or go away for good. These preoccupations can intensify and change the way some people think and act in their everyday lives. When these feelings begin interfering with normal daily activities, the impaired ability may be referred to as a post-traumatic stress disorder.

Post-traumatic stress can lead to a number of negative experiences, such as trouble sleeping, nightmares, irritability, problems driving, a fear of riding passenger and persistent memories of a previous accident, among others. Some accident victims feel as if they can’t think of anything else but memories of the horrific crash. Some of the feelings that people typically experience after a car crash include shock, disbelief, anger, guilt, fear, uneasiness or nervousness.

Researchers estimate that over six million car accidents occur in the country ever year. Feeling a lost connection with others after an accident may also be symptoms of developing a post-traumatic stress condition. A bad accident may cause some people to develop paranoia about undergoing medical treatment. When the fears and anxiousness begin interfering with normal life, accident victims are advised to cope with the trauma experienced in the crash. Consulting friends and improving driving skills are two strategies recommended for overcoming these negative feelings.

People who suffer physical or mental trauma as a result of a car accident caused by another person may benefit from consulting with a lawyer. Legal counsel might be able to investigate the accident and help identify anyone who may held liable for the resulting injuries. Victims injured in such car accidents may entitled to recover compensation that can help offset repair expenses, medical costs and loss of income.

Source: FamilyDoctor.org, “Post-traumatic Stress Disorder | Post-traumatic Stress After a Traffic Accident”, accessed on Jan. 13, 2015

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