July 20th 2017 by PollackSteinberg LLP in Blog

Crashes can cause emotional problems, not just physical

Pennsylvania has over 120,000 miles of roads and highways, the state Department of Transportation reports. Last year, there were approximately 99.8 billion vehicle-miles traveled  along the state’s highways and roads.

Most of the time, it’s safe to get in our cars and head to the store, school or even take a road trip. But sometimes, getting behind the wheel is dangerous if there are negligent motorists driving alongside you.

There were 127,127 reportable traffic crashes in Pennsylvania last year, according to the PennDOT’s 2015 Crash Facts and Statistics report. Those  accidents claimed the lives of 1,200 people and injured another 80,004 drivers and passengers. The figures work out to about 15 crashes per hour statewide.

Crashes involving deaths and major injuries have a lasting impact on victims and their families and friends. Even though most crashes in Pennsylvania are not fatal, they do in more cases than not cause physical problems. And the emotional impact of a collision can last long after the scars have healed.

A study by British researchers determined that even minor car accidents can cause long-term anxiety as well as fears and phobias about driving or riding in a motorized vehicle. The study suggested that at least one-third of all people involved in nonfatal accidents end up suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, persistent anxiety, depression, and phobias one year after the incident.

The author of the British study told WebMD that the emotional trauma of a crash can be crippling.

There are, "rather large psychological complications even when the motor vehicle accidents have medically not been in the least bit serious," said Richard Mayou, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Oxford's department of psychiatry. "In the past, there has been an assumption that people who have more severe injuries are more likely to get psychiatric complications, but that is not so.”

Mayou found that most of 1,000-plus men and women in who had been taken to a hospital after an accident recovered from the psychological impact within three to 12 months. The rest, though, had emotional problems or developed anxiety and other symptoms long after the accident had occurred. Mayou noted that most of the people with persistent anxiety were passengers in the accident, not the drivers.

If you or your family member were injured or killed by someone’s negligent act, the attorneys at The Fighting for People Injury Law Group of PollackSteinberg, LLP can help. We will investigate your accident and help you get the compensation you need to cover your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other costs and damages.  

To schedule your free consultation, contact our office today by calling 800-549-4LAW.

 

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