When you experience a car accident it is likely you will experience shock and confusion. Physical injuries, psychological trauma and property damage could complicate your situation as well.
Even weeks after your accident you might still feel uneasy and frustrated at the cascade of consequences that have followed. Knowing what to expect may help you identify your next steps.
Physical impairments and rehabilitation
The types of injuries you experience in a car accident will vary depending on factors such as the following:
- The speed of the accident
- Where you were sitting in the vehicle
- The angle of the vehicles at the time of the collision
- Any underlying health conditions you have
- Environmental factors
- How quickly you received medical attention
Injuries could range from mild to severe. You could experience cuts, abrasions, impalements, burns and crushing injuries. Internally, you might bleed or suffer trauma to major organs. In serious cases, you could lose mobility, suffer a TBI, experience a SCI or face amputation. Depending on your situation, you may need ongoing rehabilitation that could last for months or years.
Psychological trauma and therapy
Outside of physical injuries, you may also experience psychological trauma. According to the Mayo Clinic, you could develop acute stress reaction which includes vivid flashbacks of your accident. You may experience anxiety, feelings of helplessness and intense fear about driving again.
Sometimes, the only way to overcome such traumas is to participate in therapy. You can learn how to cope with your experience and which tools to use to mitigate trauma symptoms.
The impact of a car accident can last unnecessarily long unless you receive adequate help when you need it most. Recognizing that recovery from a car accident extends beyond the physical aspect can help you overcome the situation in a healthy way.