Car crashes, no matter the severity, are a life-altering experience. Even a mild fender bender can create uncertainty with making an insurance claim and taking the time to get your car repaired. However, after a serious accident, it may take time to recover from injuries, mourn the death of a loved one, or to conquer your fear of being in a car.
In 2015, Illinois saw a 5.5% increase in car accidents compared to the year prior. With 19,675 injuries caused by car accidents in the same year, it is important to know what your feelings after a car accident are valid. Here are our tips for getting back to normal after a car accident.
Take Time to Heal: Car crashes can produce catastrophic injuries. Broken bones and fractures are not uncommon. No matter your physical injury, be patient and let yourself heal. The result of your injuries may have even required surgery, that that kind of trauma takes months to heal. Your body may not feel great even if you did not break a bone. Although a seatbelt will save your life, the belts can cause internal injuries. Concussions and whiplash are also common injuries that car crash victims face that take time to heal on top of anything else suffered.
Remember Mental Health: It is easy to focus on the physical parts of healing, but car crash victims can face a series of mental concerns as well. In a fatal crash where someone died, a survivor of the crash may feel guilty. This is called survivors guilt and it happens when someone believes that the tragedy should have happened to them as well. A person involved in a car accident may experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD. Conditions such as anxiety and depression can also develop. If you are having a hard time coping mentally after a car accident, it is just as important to take care of your psyche and visit with a licensed therapist.
Take Things Slow: There will come a time when you will need to get into a car again. Whether you were driving, or were a passenger during the car accident, getting back into a car can be a triggering experience. Build your confidence back up by taking short drives or trips. You may even need to work your way into sitting in a car that is parked. Go at your own pace and surround yourself with supportive individuals.
You should not have to suffer through the aftermath of a car accident alone. If a person’s negligence has altered your life, contact an experienced Joliet car accident attorney to begin the process to compensate for your pain and suffering. Call our office at 815-726-9200 to schedule a free consultation.