Car accidents can be traumatic. Sometimes that scene where you or the other car is coming on and there is no escape plays over and over in your head. You wonder what you could have done differently. It’s even worse when there are personal injuries involved. Then there are legal and financial issues. You have to figure out how to get your vehicle repaired or even how to get a new one. But beyond the physical trauma and the financial and legal side, what about your emotional state? Stress and trauma from mild shock all the way up to post dramatic stress disorder can be incurred from a terrible car accident. How can you get over a car accident and get back on the road again?
This all depends on how affected you were by the accident. If you are just jittery about driving again, that is understandable but it shouldn’t take you too long to get back out on the road. Talking with a close friend or family member can help. For those more traumatized, therapy could be an option. Seek out a therapist who specializes in phobias or trauma if you can. Make sure it’s a therapist you like, can relate to, and trust. Attending driving school, just to help ease you back into the process, or practicing with someone in an empty parking lot, may be a small step you can take to make driving again easier. The division of motor vehicles in your state gives driving safety or defensive driving classes. Most insurance companies will give you a discount if you take such a course. That way, you can save some money while also gaining valuable advice and skills that can help you feel more confident about driving again following your accident.