Obstacles to Enjoying Life Following a Car Accident
Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it. Michael Jordan
In addition to lasting physical damage, many car accident victims suffer post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health issues. These obstacles can prevent victims from pursuing their dreams long after they’ve secured settlements.
Fear of the Road
Many car crash victims suffer road-based anxiety for years, even decades following their accident. Your solution may be to stay far away from the driver’s seat. Buses, carpools and Uber make it possible to avoid driving on your own indefinitely. You might not actively need a car, but you’ll feel far more confident once you’ve conquered lingering fears of driving. Enroll in driver’s education or practice in quiet neighborhoods with a trusted friend. Face your fears head-on.
If a drunk, inattentive or otherwise negligent driver caused your accident, you have every right to feel angry. Let that anger fester, however, and you’ll never find true satisfaction in your new life. Embrace the challenge of forgiveness, which Mayo Clinic experts refer to as “a commitment to a process of change.”
To hasten the forgiveness process, write a list of all the ways the responsible driver’s behavior harmed you. Develop a second list, detailing your contributions to the accident (if any), and reasons for self-anger. Read each listed item and mentally affirm, “I’m sorry and I forgive you.” You may not believe the mantra at first; continue the exercise for a week and your feelings will begin to change.
The team at Smith, Wallis and Scott, LLP is committed to delivering a favorable resolution so you can move on with your life. Reach out today to learn more.