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Nationwide, there are more than 6 million car accidents every year. Everyone who has ever been in an accident handles the emotional aftermath differently. Following a car accident, some people may experience:

  • Shock,
  • Anxiety,
  • Anger,
  • Disbelief that the accident really happened, or
  • A constant replay of the accident in one’s mind.

It is quite understandable that many people have some or all of these feelings after being in an accident. Experiencing these feelings, and subsequently dealing with them, allows car accident victims to cope with the emotionally traumatic event. Sometimes, however, these feelings can become so overwhelming that they inhibit your ability to get on with your life.

The key is knowing the difference between healthy and unhealthy feelings. It is normal for car accident victims to experience several different strong emotions immediately following the accident. Then, as time passes, these strong emotions should dissipate so that an individual can continue to live their life- just as they did before the accident.

Sometimes, however, the feelings stay with a person for an extended period of time. Or they may even worsen over time. When this happens, the feelings get in the way of normal, daily life and become unhealthy. If this has happened to you, you could be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. Suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder could cause you any of the following difficulties:

  • Persistent feelings of uneasiness,
  • Problems driving or riding in a car,
  • Excessive anxiety, irritability, or anger,
  • Feelings of disconnection with others,
  • Insomnia and nightmares,
  • Not wanting to undergo medical tests and procedures, or
  • Incessant and uncontrollable memories of the accident.

To effectively manage your emotions, it is important to confront your feelings after the accident. One of the most effective ways to cope with your feelings is to talk with someone who cares. Tell a loved one about the events of the accident, and discuss the thoughts you have in the days after the accident.

Make an effort to return to your daily routine as soon as you are able. Try to stay active, participating in any activities that don’t aggravate injuries you might have sustained in the accident.

Lastly, follow up with your doctor for any prescription medications that may be required to manage your pain. He or she may also refer you to any necessary specialists who can facilitate your recovery, including counselors or therapists.

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At Hull & Zimmerman, P.C., we are honored to help accident victims in their time of need, and take our responsibility as personal injury lawyers incredibly seriously. We know how important it is for victims to secure the full and fair compensation they need following a serious accident, and that is why we take a hands-on, personalized approach to every case we handle.

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