After a car accident, numerous accident victims are usually concerned about when they can drive again. For many, the worry is that getting back behind the wheel will negatively affect their personal injury claim and the amount of damages they receive. The truth is, whether or not you start driving again is irrelevant to your personal injury case. Rather, the question is what mental and physical challenges you have that may prevent you from hitting the roads.
Physically, the decision as to whether you can safely drive again is best left to you and your doctor(s). Only your physician can advise you if the injuries you sustained in the car accident have healed enough that you can return to driving.
However, when it comes to your emotional health, you (with the help of your mental health professional, if you have one) will have to determine if you can safely operate a motor vehicle. It is typical for car accident victims to suffer from a variety of mental health conditions following a collision, the most common of which is anxiety. Though these feelings usually dissipate over time as you feel more and more comfortable in a car, it may be best to delay driving again if you still feel anxious behind the wheel.
Sometimes, though, the mental effects resulting from a crash can be more severe. If this is the case, you could be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The symptoms of PTSD include: nightmares or trouble sleeping, issues with riding as a passenger in other motor vehicles, a general feeling of uneasiness, irrational anger or worrying, and continued memories of your car accident that you cannot shake or control.
If you are suffering from any of these signs of PTSD, you should consult with your doctor or mental health provider as soon as possible. They can help work through the PTSD with you, and even prescribe medications if necessary. Of course, you will want to ask your physician if you can safely operate a motor vehicle while taking the medicine. In addition, you can try some self-help techniques, such as meditating, practicing controlled breathing, staying active and returning to your normal daily routine. This may eventually include driving again.
Remember, the most important thing you can do for yourself following a car accident is to take care of your health and well-being, both mentally and physically.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident caused by another driver, you need the help of a qualified personal injury attorney to fight for you and get you the compensation you deserve. At the Law Office of Jeremy Rosenthal, our personal injury lawyers have years of experience representing all types of accident victims and are here to help you. We can investigate the causes of your accident and advise whether a personal injury lawsuit or negotiated settlement is in your best interests.
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