PTSD Following a Vehicle AccidentTexas Legal News
What is PTSD?
It’s no secret that highly stressful and traumatic events are damaging to us as individuals. We often hear about those who have been involved in war, who have survived deadly situations, and who have dealt with an extremely trying time, experiencing issues that make their lives very difficult to live. Many times, these people will need to seek help so that their lives can try to return to normal. Most of us know that these issues are known to be a part of PTSD, which is a disorder that occurs following one of these sorts of events.
PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, is a disorder that can occur in anyone who has experienced an event that was particularly harrowing. While we don’t usually see it in this light, it’s true that victims of car accidents are typical patients of PTSD treatments, and that these people face issues that prevent them from leading a normal life following a car accident. These accidents usually involve serious injury, a death or near-death of someone involved, or long amounts of time being trapped in the accident with no escape. Following these accidents, a victim can be left wondering what they can do next to help them work past their fears, and for many, they may think there is not much that they can do if they cannot afford the therapy they need.
After an accident in which you are not at fault and are suffering from PTSD, call a personal injury lawyer who can help you figure out your next step in getting you the help you need to move forward after your accident.
How Can Car Accident Victims Suffer From PTSD?
PTSD can present in many ways following an accident and it can be difficult to treat if a victim does not seek the proper treatment needed. If you suffer from any of the following issues after an accident, it would be wise to seek professional help, as you might be experiencing PTSD:
Cannot get into a vehicle: After a vehicle accident, victims of PTSD will avoid being in a vehicle at all costs. Today, this may be difficult to see since there are so many services that allow us to not need to travel. Still, if you notice that someone who used to drive a fair bit in their life is suddenly choosing other methods to get errands done following a serious accident, they may be suffering from PTSD.
Avoiding areas similar to where the accident happened: When an accident occurs somewhere specific, a victim may avoid going to areas similar to the place the accident happened. If a victim was in an accident on the highway, a victim will more than likely avoid the highway following their accident. If their accident happened at a major intersection, they may try to avoid similar intersections. These avoidances can cause a victim’s life to become more complicated, which will cause compiling issues for them as time goes on.
Becoming panicked in traffic or other claustrophobic situations: When a victim of a vehicle accident does get into a vehicle, being stuck in situations where traffic is high or they have no quick escapes can cause them to panic. This panic, of course, is not good, and can cause issues for a victim since being in traffic is a part of driving. This can ultimately mean a victim will eventually stop driving or getting into vehicles altogether, which is a step back from the healing that they need to do.
Texas Vehicle Injury Lawyers Here to Help You
After being involved in a serious accident, you should discuss your case with someone who can help you figure out what you should do next. At DeHoyos & Connolly, PLLC, we are ready to supply you with the lawyer you need to fight for your rights in court so that you can get the compensation you need to help you heal. We are waiting to hear from you, so call our office today to speak with our team at (832) 767-3568.