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The devastation of a car accident isn't just limited to physical trauma

When we think of the aftermath of a serious car accident, we tend to focus more on the physical trauma that victims endure from sprains, strains and broken bones to spinal trauma, burns and traumatic brain injuries.

While this is certainly natural, it's important not to lose sight of the fact that many motor vehicle accident victims also suffer severe psychological trauma that can affect them for their entire lives. Indeed, the American Academy of Family Physicians released a statement roughly 16 years ago that still rings true today: car accidents may be the single most traumatic event that a person will ever experience.

Just how common is emotional and psychological trauma after a car accident?

While it's certainly common for people to feel unnerved in the days and weeks after a serious car accident, statistics show that as many as 30 percent of accident victims will actually develop post-traumatic stress disorder. This rate is three times more common than that found in the general population.

What are some of the realities of a car accident-related PTSD diagnosis?

Those car accident victims diagnosed with PTSD may experience everything from flashbacks to a need to constantly replay the crash in their heads. They may also find themselves suffering from severe anxiety in the presence of certain triggers and/or having what are known as persistent negative thoughts.

Why are some accident victims more likely to experience PTSD?

While there is no definitive answer to this question, scientists have determined that those accident victims who suffer a traumatic brain injury are actually more likely to experience PTSD. This is true even if they can’t always recall the accident in great detail or even remember it all.

Is there any treatment available to help those with a car accident-related PTSD diagnosis?

Fortunately, there are treatments available to help those with a car accident-related PTSD diagnosis. Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, which is essentially talk therapy designed to help people deal with the accident and redefine it on their own terms, has proven to be a successful treatment. There are other treatments, including something called eye movement desensitization and reprocessing.

If you have been seriously injured in a car accident, please consider speaking with an experienced legal professional to learn more about how you can seek justice for the physical and mental trauma you've been forced to endure. 

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