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Car Accidents and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Loud noises. Flashing lights. Intense pain.

Car accidents can feel like a sudden trip to hell itself. The initial shock of the crash followed by the realization that you may be injured is sure to leave more than simply physical marks. In the event of a life-altering or life-threatening injury, the memory of the accident itself can do as much harm as the accident itself.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can happen to anyone involved in stressful, intense situations. With automobiles weighing thousands of pounds and moving in excess of 80 miles per hour, it’s no surprise that mental trauma accompanies physical injuries.

PTSD sufferers can find their lives altered for months or even years. This disorder sets the human brain into a constant state of “fight or flight” that can manifest itself in a variety of ways including:

  • Disturbing and/or suicidal thoughts
  • Nightmares
  • Avoidance
  • Increased stress-response to “triggers” related to the causing factor
  • An overall change in demeanor and behavior

After an automobile accident, someone might find it very difficult to enter a vehicle. Sudden crashing sounds and changes in speed may terrify the accident survivor. They may choose to completely shun automotive transport.


PTSD after an automobile accident can manifest itself in a number of ways. Fortunately, there are options to help the sufferer return to a normal life. Certain things about cars may become triggers for extreme mental and emotional distress.

Psychological therapy has made much progress since the horrors of the Vietnam War. Exposure therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and even meditation have been proven to help rehabilitate a PTSD victim. Medical science has advanced to the point that medication can help a person function until therapy is completed.

No matter what course of action is taken, there are two important things to note about PTSD. For those of us who meet a PTSD sufferer, we must know that this does not make them weak or inferior. For those of us who have post-traumatic stress disorder, we must know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Car Accident Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Mental trauma is as relevant, and can be just as debilitating an injury as a broken bone. It can make returning to a normal life after a car accident incredibly difficult. If you or someone you love is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, contact the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess. Our car accident specialist will work with you to get you compensation for both your physical emotional injuries.


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Meet Graham. The only human ‘designed’ to survive a car crash.

Graham the Crash Test Not-So Dummy

Created in a collaboration between an artist, a trauma surgeon, and crash investigation expert, to build “an interactive lifelike sculpture … designed with bodily features that might be present in humans if they had evolved to withstand the forces involved in crashes”.

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Graham is part of the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) in Australia’s new Toward Zero road safety campaign to raise  safety awareness. He took six months to build and cost approximately $149,000. Lots of research and time and money went into his design….clearly very little effort went into his not-so-stunning good looks.

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Motorcyclist Dies on LA 82 in Vermilion Parish

Abbeville, LA- Shortly after 8:00 a.m. this morning, Louisiana State Police Troop I responded to a two vehicle fatal crash on LA 82 at West Jane Street in Vermilion Parish.  The crash claimed the life of a 35 year old motorcyclist. Continue reading

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Toddler dies after falling out of moving vehicle

A toddler who fell out of a moving vehicle near Church Point Monday evening has died.

According to State Police, 2-year-old Mitchell Watson was riding unrestrained in the front passenger seat of 32-year-old Amber Watson’s Ford Edge. Troopers said the child fell out of the front passenger window on La. 365 north of La. 1099 in Acadia Parish.

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One dead after crash in Evangeline Parish

A 43-year-old man died Tuesday in Evangeline Parish after his pickup truck was hit by a trailer that came loose from another truck.

James Erwin, of Ville Platte, was headed south on La. 1171 when a trailer came loose from a Ford F250 pickup truck heading northbound, State Police spokesman Master Trooper Brooks David said. The trailer crossed the centerline and slammed into Erwin’s truck head-on.

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Two arrested in March fatal hit and run near Jeanerette

State Police arrested two people Saturday in a March 13 fatal hit and run on LA 182 east of Jeanerette in which the victim was struck by two vehicles, neither of which stopped.

 Brian Timken, 46, of New Iberia, and Kayla Norris, 25, of Franklin, were booked into the St. Mary Parish Jail, said Brooks David, a Louisiana State Police spokesman, in a news release.

Timken was booked on counts of hit and run and obstruction of justice, while Norris was arrested for hit and run.

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1 person cited in Lafayette crash

One person was cited in a crash that happened on Bertrand in Lafayette.

According to Cpl. Paul Mouton, the crash happened in the 1200 block of Bertrand at 11 am. A car and a truck were both traveling north on Bertrand. The truck swerved into the right lane to allegedly avoid another car. The truck struck the car in the right lane causing the car to flip.

The driver of the truck was cited for improper lane usage with a crash.

Minor injuries were reported and no one was transported to a hospital.