Most people are able to drive again without an issue after a minor accident. However, if you were involved in a major accident – maybe someone else passed away, or perhaps you or another individual suffered life-altering injuries – then it may be harder to get past the emotional impact of that crash. Some people even feel like they can no longer drive and they are afraid to get in the car.
Of course, there are those who are simply somewhat nervous the first time they drive, but then they work through it. Others, however, may see long-term ramifications and almost have panic attacks or anxiety attacks when they think about driving. What is going on and how is it connected to that initial accident?
PTSD is a very real concern
This could be an example of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. It’s quite a real concern for those who have been involved in car accidents, especially when they are exceedingly traumatic, like the ones described above.
PTSD is a bit difficult to treat because it can be different for everyone. You may feel like you never want to drive a car again, while someone else may be fine to drive as long as they aren’t near the location where the accident happened. Either way, rest assured that this is a real medical condition that can be treated, and your inability to drive is not simply all in your head.
What does this mean for your future?
Post-traumatic stress disorder could have a major impact on your future. If you can no longer drive, does that mean you are unable to get to work? How is it going to impact your career? What does it mean for your personal relationships or even your romantic relationships? Driving is such a common and expected thing in much of the United States that it can massively hinder you to be unable to do so.
As a result, you may want to consider PTSD when looking at all of the potential costs stemming from that accident and trying to seek financial compensation from the driver who was responsible.