How to Overcome Fear of Getting Behind the Wheel Following a Car Accident
One Idaho State University Student who was involved in a car accident recently told the Idaho State Journal that he has been frightened to get behind the wheel following his car crash. The young man was involved in a crash that is still being investigated by police. The police report indicates that the man hit the rear of a car driven by a woman who was in the process of trying to run from police. The Idaho State University Student expressed concerns about driving at high speeds following the accident. As a result of the accident, he had to withdraw from school and quit his job. He sustained injuries including a sprained rotator cuff.
Individuals who have suffered from trauma, like the trauma of a car accident, may find themselves fearful when they are exposed to the traumatic situation. These symptoms may be indicative of a more serious condition like post-car-accident Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Individuals who have been in accidents whose anxiety prevents them from getting behind the wheel may wish to seek the help of a medical professional to help facilitate their recovery.
E-How offers some suggestions for individuals who are suffering from fear of getting back behind the wheel. Slowly, and in controlled scenarios, individuals can try to return to a normal routine. First, individuals can try just sitting in the car, without turning it on or driving. Just sitting in a location where the fearful experience occurred can help desensitize you to the experience.
Slowly, and over time, you can try to go on short trips. E-How suggests that you start by driving in an empty parking lot for a while until your anxiety lowers. Later, you can try driving around the block on a low-traffic street. Your first “real” trip should be a trip to a place you really want to visit. The excitement of arriving at a place that thrills you will motivate you to take that difficult step.
Overcoming deep-rooted anxiety can be very challenging and some people find it difficult to sit with the hard feelings of stress that occur following a traumatic experience. Desensitization training, for individuals suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, might be best overseen by a therapist or medical professional. A professional can help you safely work through the challenges or returning to normal driving.
Anxiety that limits a person’s ability to drive can be life-altering and debilitating. It can affect a person’s ability to work, engage in normal life activities, and recover following an accident. If you’ve been facing challenges following an accident due to another person’s negligence, the law affords protections for individuals who are suffering from the effects of PTSD. You may be entitled to receive compensation for your lost wages and pain and suffering. The Law Office of Johnson & Lundgreen is a firm of personal injury attorneys in Meridian and Boise Idaho. Our skilled firm works diligently to ensure that victims of car accidents receive the maximum compensation allowable under the law for their personal injuries.