Can You Get PTSD From a Car Accident?

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The Mental Effects of Motor Vehicle Accidents

There is no denying that being involved in a motor vehicle accident can be extremely traumatic, regardless of whether you’ve sustained life-altering physical injuries. Although there are many conversations surrounding these accidents and what you can do to pursue compensation to heal from a physical loss, an often overlooked aspect of being involved in a crash is the effect that it can have on your mental health.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), generalized anxiety, depression, and other disorders are unfortunately common side effects of being in a car accident. Some studies suggest that upwards of 7 million people in the United States may be living with accident-related PTSD, and others highlight that car crashes are one of the leading causes of this overall.

Signs of PTSD Following a Crash

It's extremely common to feel a sense of uneasiness when getting behind the wheel following a car accident, and this is not always indicative of developing PTSD. However, if you start to notice that these feelings persist and other issues begin to arise, you may want to consider discussing your symptoms with a medical professional. The following, although not exhaustive, may be signs of PTSD:

  • Ongoing feelings of stress or anxiety when driving or riding in a car
  • Increased feelings of anger or irritability
  • Withdrawal from daily activities and relationships
  • Nightmares or changes in sleep patterns

In many cases, PTSD may come with a comorbidity like depression or a substance use disorder, so it’s important to not neglect these symptoms if they are present. Know that there is no shame in asking for help, and you may be able to pursue compensation to alleviate the financial burden of seeking treatment.

Fowler | Helsel | Vogt is Here to Help You.

The state of California recognizes the deep emotional impact that can come from being involved in a motor vehicle accident. Our Fresno attorneys can help ensure that you are able to obtain the compensation you are entitled to for both your physical and mental injuries. Schedule a free consultation to discuss your case today by calling .

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