The aftermath of a car crash is a very traumatic experience for all who were involved. Shock, bewilderment and feelings of guilt can plague a person all at once. The all too familiar “why me?” will follow, as well as flash backs to the events that led up to the car crash. But how can a person heal emotionally and regain the confidence required to get behind the wheel or passenger seat of a car again?
How to recover following a car crash #1 Talk about the car crash
People react differently to car crashes. Some people clam up and want to forget that it ever happened. Others will want to confide in a close friend or family member about what happened. Talking about what happened may help to clarify the events and make sense of what happened. In any case, the police will need to have a statement, so it is best to talk about what happened honestly.
How to recover following a car crash #2 Be honest with yourself
If you were responsible for causing the car crash due to alcohol or drug abuse, then be honest with yourself. Such an event could have been prevented. It can be a wake up call that a person needs to admit that they have a problem and to seek professional help in order to help overcome the addiction. But not all crashes are preventable. Inclement weather, an ongoing medical condition such as epilepsy or an animal running out into the road could have been the causes of the car crash. In such circumstances, drivers and passengers should be made to see that there was nothing they could have done to prevent the accident. No one is to blame for car crashes under these circumstances.
How to recover following a car crash #3 Drive again
The last thing many drivers and passengers want to do again is get into a car. The very thought of it can be all it takes for the flash backs and bad memories to return. It is not the same as getting back on a bicycle again. But it is necessary to conquer the fear and learn to feel comfortable sitting in a car and driving one again. If a car is required to get to work, it will be important to get back behind the wheel again as soon as possible. Putting it off will make it harder and more nerve wracking. It will also be a burden on others. At first, the victim may require some assistance from a friend or family member. Having someone else sitting beside you as you start to drive again can help you to rebuild your shattered confidence.
How to recover following a car crash #4 Let go of regret
It is not possible to turn the clock back and avoid the car crash. Regret will not help the situation, but will make a person broody and depressed. It is best to accept what happened and try to learn from it. Is there anything that you could do differently next time you drive? Survivors of car crashes often make great drivers, as they are more cautious and observant of road conditions, other vehicles and their own driving technique.
A car crash is a terrible experience to go through. It can leave a person scarred physically and emotionally for many years to come. But survivors need to concentrate on the fact that they are still alive and that they will overcome their overwhelming flood of feelings over time. So many people are not quite so fortunate as to walk away with their lives.