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Getting back behind the wheel after a crash

On Behalf of | Apr 30, 2024 | Car Accident

Not only can car accidents result in severe physical injuries, but they can cause serious psychological trauma. Victims of car accidents often go on to suffer post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other psychological conditions.

The emotional and psychological trauma associated with collisions can make it difficult for drivers to get out onto the roads again after an accident. These things can be helpful.

Share your feelings

It is not uncommon for people to keep their anxieties to themselves. They may feel ashamed or embarrassed about being nervous to get back to driving. Nonetheless, it is perfectly natural to feel anxious about this, and sharing your feelings in your own way can be helpful.

Some people take advantage of sharing their feelings with friends, family members or therapists. For those who don’t want to share every detail with others, keeping a journal can help. By writing your thoughts and feelings down about the accident, you can process them until the fear begins to subside.

Take small steps

Launching yourself straight back into driving long journeys and on the highways may be overwhelming. As you regain your confidence, it can help to begin with small steps. For example, you may start by driving for a short amount of time to collect groceries, and gradually build this up to weekend trips to further destinations. You may consider taking a passenger with you who is an experienced driver that can take over if necessary.

Think about revisiting the crash site

Your natural reaction may be to avoid the crash site. This is understandable, but it may not be helpful. Many accidents occur not too far from home, so it’s likely that you’ll have to drive by the crash site at some point. Remember, it is only a stretch of road, and the chances of the same crash happening in the same place are extremely low.

If you were injured by a negligent driver, you can claim damages for both physical and psychological injuries. Seeking legal guidance will help you review your options.