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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Car Accidents

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 more than 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 speed changes may terrify the accident survivor. They may choose to completely shun automotive transportation.


PTSD after an automobile accident can manifest itself in several 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 Attorneys will work with you to get compensation for both your physical and emotional injuries. The initial consultation is free. We work on a contingency fee basis. Don’t Delay, Call Clay!

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