Imagine that you're driving your children to school. As you approach an intersection, you have a green light and proceed forward. While crossing through the intersection, out of the corner of your eye, you see a quickly approaching car. The next thing you remember, you are laying in a hospital bed with various machines hooked up to your body and tubes and bandages covering your body. Upon waking, you immediately inquire about the whereabouts and condition of your children.
For anyone who has ever been involved in a car accident, it's common to replay the moments both leading up to and preceding a crash in one's mind. This is often especially true in cases where an individual or loved one suffers serious or fatal injuries. While the bruises and broken bones suffered in an accident may slowly fade and heal with time, the psychological and emotional trauma may never go away.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that during 2013 alone, more than 2.3 million men, women and children in the U.S. were involved in traffic accidents. Researchers estimate that approximately 30 percent of individuals who are involved in car accidents develop "long-lasting symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder or other psychological issues."
From experiencing flashbacks and constantly feeling jittery to developing problems with depression and anxiety, for some, the adverse mental and emotional side-effects of a motor vehicle accident can become crippling and debilitating. In some cases, attempting to cope with and heal from the emotional and psychological trauma of being involved in a car accident is more difficult than wearing a cast or undergoing surgery.
For New York City residents who are suffering symptoms of PTSD after a car accident, it's important to seek help from a competent medical provider. The medical treatment of PTSD, like any other medical treatments related to a motor vehicle accident, generally should be covered by no-fault insurance. If you have suffered a significant injury in a motor vehicle accident, you should consult with an experienced personal injury attorney to protect your interests.
Source: Live Science, "Tracy Morgan Car Accident: Crashes Leave Many with Emotional Scars," Tia Ghose, June 2, 2015