Motor Vehicle Accidents and PTSD: What You Need to Know
Hi everyone, and thanks for tuning in to another one of our frequently asked questions. Today’s question is about a complex type of personal injury. It is known as PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder. Today, we will focus on how it sometimes results from serious car, truck, or motorcycle accidents.
Motor vehicle accidents are a common occurrence today. The Annual United States Road Crash Statistics report that more than 38,000 people die every year on U.S. roadways, and an additional 4.4 million are injured. It is not just the driver who can be injured in an accident; passengers, other drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists may also suffer injury or death.
Many of these injuries will result in physical pain as well as emotional trauma such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). According to psychiatry.org, PTSD is a mental health condition that sometimes develops after a serious car, truck, motorcycle accident, or another traumatic event.
Symptoms of PTSD may include flashbacks, nightmares, and intrusive thoughts about the event. The feelings they have during these episodes are intense and often painful. They may avoid anything that reminds them of the traumatic event. A person with PTSD might startle easily or be constantly on guard for any potential danger.
It is important to know that everyone’s body reacts differently when a traumatic event occurs. For some people, the symptoms of PTSD show up soon after they experience trauma, for others, it may take months or years before they notice any change in their lives.
If you were involved in a serious car, truck, or motorcycle accident through no fault of your own and have been diagnosed with PTSD or suspect you may have it, you may be entitled to compensation and benefits. Don’t let the insurance company push you around. Call us now at 800-567-7575 or go to our website at jimadler.com.