If, after a car accident that was not your fault, the idea of driving, or even getting in your vehicle causes you to suffer extreme anxiety, you may be experiencing vehophobia after a car accident. The Bishop Law Firm represents personal injury clients in NC and we do not get paid unless we win your case.
According to the American Psychiatric Association, anxiety disorders are the most common mental disorder, affecting nearly 30 percent of adults at some point in their lives. Anxiety disorders cause people to avoid situations that trigger or worsen their symptoms. Vehophobia is frequently seen with other anxiety disorders. Vehophobia, like PTSD, can occur after being involved in or even witnessing a car wreck. Unlike PTSD, vehophobia can occur without a negative past experience.
Phobias can result from trauma or unexplained fear. According to the ADAA, fear of something bad happening while driving in or to a location that is far from home, fear of having a panic attack while stuck in traffic, or fear of dying in a car accident can all be indicators that you are suffering from vehophobia.
Depending on the severity of your car accident and your injuries, you may understandably be extremely frightened to get behind the wheel again. This is especially true if the car collision was not your fault. Your psychiatric pain and suffering can also contribute to your fear of getting behind the wheel. Vehophobia arises when you are unable to overcome this persistent fear of losing control and are unwilling/unable to drive.
If you are experiencing vehophobia, treatment is available. Treatment is aimed at empowering you to overcome your anxiety regarding driving. Behavioral therapy, virtual therapy and medications to reduce anxiety are all options (Via Wikipedia). Taking driving classes and even driving short distances (like your driveway) can help drivers regain confidence and overcome anxiety. There are support groups as well that may help. Here are some helpful resources on anxiety from N.C. State University.
If you are experiencing vehophobia after a car accident that was not your fault, you should contact a personal injury lawyer to discuss if a personal injury claim is the right choice for you. Medical treatment for your car-wreck related injuries (mental and physical) can be expensive and time consuming. You should not have to pay for someone else’s mistake twice.
The Bishop Law Firm represents car accident victims in Raleigh, Cary, Durham, Fayetteville, Rocky Mount, Wilson, Chapel Hill and other areas in North Carolina and we offer free case evaluations. Call us today, (919) 615-3095.