Can you get PTSD from a car accident?

On Behalf of | Sep 9, 2021 | Personal Injury |

If you feel shaken after a car accident, you may expect those feelings to pass. You may think that you’ll get over your fear and anxiety. You tell yourself it will just take time and you’ll get better.

But what if you don’t? Could you actually develop a long-term condition like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from a car accident? If you do, how is this going to change your life?

The highest cause, other than combat

Traditionally, the most common cause of PTSD is combat, and the experiences of soldiers are really what has helped medical professionals figure out what PTSD is and how it works. It has been called many things over the years, including “shell shock.”

Other than war, though, car accidents are the leading cause of PTSD. While most of the population will never go to war or even work for the military, many are involved in at least one crash in their lives. PTSD is more likely to occur after a serious accident where you or another person suffered critical injuries or where someone was killed.

Will things ever be the same?

If you do have PTSD, you may find that you can no longer drive due to panic attacks and fear. This can negatively impact your career and potential earnings, and it can lead to unneeded pain and suffering. You may need treatment by a mental health professional. You have a right to seek compensation from the driver who caused the crash for this treatment as well as medical care and other expenses and damages.