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Emotions that Occur After a Car Accident

Getting into a car accident can be one of the scariest things that may ever happen to you. Whether you caused it or not, you may be dealing with a lot in the weeks following your accident.

You will probably end up dealing with the insurance company as you try to fix your car or even replace it! You might have some medical issues that need to be dealt with, including physical therapy. Then, there is the whole emotional part.

Here are some emotions that you may end up dealing with after a car accident.

Most people feel shock and disbelief when they are first in an accident. This emotion usually comes right afterward. You just can’t believe that someone hit you and your vehicle. If you were the cause of the accident, you might be struggling with denial. You just can’t believe that you were in an accident.

This emotional stage can be really distressing and can last much longer than people around you may think. You may struggle to get through your day, not even wanting to get out of bed some days. You may also suffer from mood swings that are unexplainable. It can be really hard on you and your loved ones.

Another common emotion is anger. If the accident was not your fault, you have every right to be angry at the driver who caused the accident. However, you can’t get out of your car and just yell. It will make everything worse in the long run.

Then, since you are not going to be able to take your anger out on the driver, you may end up taking it out on those you love. If you are not careful, you may push some people away.

If you caused the accident, you might be suffering from guilt. It is very common for anyone who is involved in an accident to blame themselves and beat themselves up. You might relive the moment over and over, thinking about everything that you could or should have done. This is not healthy so you need to find ways to get over your guilt.

Once you are involved in an accident, you may be scared to get in a car for a while. The last thing that you want to do after an accident is to get back into the car. You might even want to give up driving for a while. If you aren’t scared, you might still be anxious every time that you have to get in the car.

You may also feel completely sad and depressed. It is completely normal to feel sad and depressed after an accident. However, be careful that you don’t withdraw from your family and friends as you struggle to get through your day.

Some people even develop a condition called posttraumatic stress disorder or PTSD. PTSD is real in accident survivors so you shouldn’t be ashamed if you are suffering from nightmares and sleep loss. You may also struggle with moodiness and irritability.

Because your emotions are going to be all over the place, you need to take care of yourself. Make sure that you are eating and getting enough sleep. Spend time with those that you love. If you need to talk to someone, don’t be afraid to see a therapist. They will be able to help you get through this difficult time so you can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

It is also important that you hire an experienced lawyer. They will work with you to ensure that you get the compensation that you deserve. If the accident was your fault and you are being sued, he or she will work with you to make sure that you are treated fairly. 

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