Walking away from a motorcycle crash unscathed is a rare occurrence. Common injuries include broken bones, road rash, and head injuries. And yet there is another type of injury that may be too easily overlooked just because it lacks physical signs.
Not many people talk about emotional trauma—but it’s a real and serious byproduct of Florida motorcycle collisions. You’ve just endured a stressful, possibly life-altering experience, and thinking you’ll get through it without suffering some kind of emotional toll is unrealistic. If you’re a victim of a Daytona motorcycle crash, you may experience psychological effects that prevent you from living a normal life.
- Anxiety. If you were involved in a crash, experiencing anxiety whenever you think about the accident or attempt to get back on your bike is common. Ranging from mild to severe, the anxiety can cause sleeplessness, anorexia, anger and lack of energy. The anxiety can become so overwhelming, you may not think you’ll ever be able to resume your regular life.
- Depression. Becoming injured in accidents often causes victims to become depressed, as they are unable to go about their normal lives, especially if riding on a bike was a favorite activity. Depression is also common when others involved in the crash were hurt or worse.
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Many people believe that post-traumatic stress disorder is something that only soldiers experience. The truth: PTSD can affect those involved sudden, violent, and life-changing events of all sorts, including motorcycle accidents. PTSD is a pathological anxiety disorder that occurs when the brain is unable to turn off the “fight or flight” reaction and anxieties associated with the event. Medication and therapy are often needed to help treat the problem.
Living with such emotional effects after a Daytona motorcycle crash is difficult and unfair, particularly if you were the victim of the accident. Along with the expenses of doctor’s fees and medication, you may also be able to seek compensation for pain and suffering.
The attorneys of Johnson and Gilbert understand what you are going through and want to help. Schedule a consultation with us so we can discuss your situation and find out what we can do for you.
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