Every year, just under 40,000 people pass away in car accidents in the United States. That’s 40,000 families that are now missing a loved one. Those losses were all tragic, sudden and unexpected. People often do not realize the full scale of car accident deaths in the U.S., but looking at statistics like this helps to put it into perspective.
While there are many ramifications to these accidents, one thing to consider is the mental and emotional impact it can have on the survivors of these wrecks moving forward. They could wind up experiencing PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder. This can happen after any car accident, but it’s most common when someone close to you passed away.
Symptoms of PTSD
It is true that PTSD is often a bit different for everyone. That said, some of the potential symptoms include:
- Intrusive thoughts
- Persistent avoidance of similar situations
- Distressing dreams and nightmares
- Feelings of depression and anxiety
For example, some people find themselves unable to drive any longer. They can physically do it, and their injuries from the accident have healed, but their PTSD makes it impossible. They feel like they’re having a panic attack when they get in the car, and it gets worse if they have to drive near where the tragic crash took place. They have constant flashbacks and attempt to avoid that situation, even if there is no logical reason to do so.
Trying to move forward after this type of incident can be tough. Be sure you are well aware of the legal options at your disposal.