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Car Accidents and PTSD

Posted by Yari Lawson | Apr 06, 2022 | 0 Comments

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) estimates that about 39.2 percent of motor vehicle accident survivors develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (“PTSD”).  Most commonly, survivors of motor vehicle accidents strongly perceived their lives to be danger as far out as 6 months post-accident, according to a study from the Journal of Anxiety Disorders. Other studies found that survivors have wanted to avoid driving or even being passengers in vehicles at all following motor vehicle accidents.

In Georgia, when survivors of motor vehicle accidents have been physically injured and suffer from diagnosed PTSD following a motor vehicle accident, the injured survivor can be compensated for emotional distress. Survivors of motor vehicle accidents who start to: avoid wanting to drive or ride in a motor vehicle, experience changes in their emotional reactions, experience flashbacks or nightmares, or experience frequent mood changes should consult a clinical psychologist or other behavioral health physician.  It is important to follow any treatment plan developed to treat any diagnosed anxiety, PTSD, or depression that may be the result of a motor vehicle accident.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, we are car accident lawyers in Gwinnett County, Georgia who will fight hard for you.  When your emotional distress following a motor vehicle accident has impacted your life, you deserve compensation for those struggles.  We look forward to speaking to you about your case and to being your fierce advocate.

A sincere message from Your Lawrenceville Personal Injury Lawyer.

About the Author

Yari Lawson

Yari D. Lawson is a native of Eatonton, Georgia . He is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta , GA. Yari received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, School of Law.  Yari focuses his practice primarily on personal injury. Before going into private practice, Y...


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