Will I Ever Feel Like Driving Again?
If you are scared to drive in the days, weeks, or months following a traffic collision, you are not alone. It is common for car accident victims to develop a fear of driving after a crash. Crashes are traumatic events, and if you were injured or witnessed another being injured, you may fear you are putting yourself or others in danger when you get behind the wheel of your vehicle.
The impacts of Clearwater, Hudson, and Tampa car accidents can be far reaching. Emotional distress and physical pain may make it difficult to impossible for you to return to the life you enjoyed prior to the collision. Thankfully, support systems are available. And if there are fees and expenses to access the resources you need, know that it may be possible for your personal injury lawyer to tally your financial losses to land on a full and fair settlement amount.
Chest Pain, Sweating, and Steps to Driving Again
When people experience fear, they can exhibit physical symptoms. If you are fearful of being in a car crash, you may experience the following symptoms when you are in a car or getting ready to drive.
- Chest pain
- Heart racing
- Short, shallow breaths
- Trembling and sweating
- Stomach pain or nausea
Some find sharing the story of their accident with trusted friends and family members provides relief. This could be, in part, because talking about the event can help you to understand what happened. Similarly, it may be beneficial to journal about the event, documenting what happened and in what order. The process of writing and talking about the event may lead to you feeling more in control.
But there are times when the issue can’t be alleviated without the assistance of a professional. There are therapists, counselors, and other mental health professionals who specialize in helping people process a traumatic event.
Defensive Driving Classes Can Rebuild Confidence
Others turn to defensive driving classes to rebuild their confidence behind the wheel after a Florida car crash. These courses can be extremely beneficial as they teach drivers how to recognize road dangers and how they can adjust their behaviors to those risks.
Some car crash injuries have long recovery times, and your healing needs to be your first and primary goal. If you are not comfortable driving right away and are concerned about your fears, ask your healthcare provider about resources for support. There may be a counselor who could talk to you about your worries and help you cope with emotional turmoil. There is even the possibility of having mental health expenses being part of your personal injury settlement. Talk to a Florida personal injury lawyer about what options are available given the details of your car crash event.
Are stress, worry, and obsessive thoughts troubling you following a Florida car crash? Talk to a personal injury attorney about the possibility of compensation for pain and suffering. Additionally, you may be able to access financial damages for medical expenses, lost wages, and property damages. The attorneys at Roman & Roman can help. Schedule your free consultation today.