Vehicle accidents can be terrifying experiences, particularly if a person sustains a traumatic injury as a result of the incident. When most people think of vehicle accident injuries, they think of whiplash, concussions, sprains and strains, bruising, broken bones, spinal cord injuries, etc. These are all traumatic injuries that can certainly affect those involved. However, one aspect of car accidents that many people do not think about is how the crash will affect a person emotionally and psychologically. Here, our Phoenix personal injury lawyers want to discuss some steps a person can take to help recover mentally after a vehicle accident occurs.
When we look at the information available from the Arizona Department of Transportation, we can see that there were nearly 130,000 total vehicle collisions during the latest reporting year across the state. Out of these incidents, there were 982 fatalities and nearly 54,000 total injuries.
However, one statistic that is not reflected in the annual data revolves around the emotional and psychological trauma that crash victims sustain as a result of these incidents.
Most people are not aware that motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) amongst the general population in the US. According to data available from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), We can see that nearly 40% of all vehicle crash survivors develop some form of PTSD.
This is a significant statistic because it shows us just how often crash victims develop emotional and psychological issues following the incident. In addition, we need to point out that crash victims can still sustain emotional and psychological trauma that does not rise to the level of PTSD, but nonetheless causes significant strain on their daily lives. Some of the most common types of emotional and psychological problems a person may develop following a crash include feelings of anxiety, anger, guilt, uneasiness, nervousness, and more.