Road traffic collisions can cause severe injuries and even fatalities. When talking about injuries, however, it’s important not to neglect psychological injuries.
Psychological injuries can be every bit as debilitating as physical ailments. One of the more common psychological conditions associated with road traffic collisions is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This condition can manifest itself in a number of ways. Outlined below are some of the more common symptoms.
A negative outlook
Sufferers of PTSD may notice that their view of the world changes drastically. Before the car crash, they may have been a bubbly person who always looked on the bright side of things. Now, they have a dim view of the world. They may also become negative about themselves and attempt to push others away.
Flashbacks or intrusive memories generally involve the person having to relive the traumatic event in their head. Often, this happens during dreams or nightmares. However, a person doesn’t need to be asleep for a flashback to occur. A trigger, such as a loud banging noise, may take the victim back to the scene of the accident in their heads.
It’s important to note that the severity of symptoms can vary. In severe cases, sufferers of PTSD will find it very difficult to function each day.
Getting back on track
Sufferers of PTSD also tend to avoid driving again for some time. They may, understandably, have reservations about revisiting the crash site. Nevertheless, it’s important that you try to bounce back after a collision. Obtaining legal guidance and fighting for compensation can give you a chance at doing that.