Auto accidents are often emotionally traumatic, especially for those who have suffered personal injuries as a result of someone else’s carelessness. After a crash, many accident victims find themselves hesitant to drive and may even suffer panic attacks at the thought of getting behind the wheel. If you’ve been injured in an accident, the tips below may help you feel comfortable driving a vehicle again when you’re ready.
How to Ease Back Into Driving After an Accident
1. Be a Passenger First
Many accident victims are afraid of getting into a car at all, whether or not they have the responsibility of actually driving. Letting someone you trust drive you to the grocery store or down quiet residential streets can help relieve your anxiety and slowly get you used to the idea of driving.
2. Take Someone With You
Feeling alone in a vehicle can heighten your anxiety, so take someone with you every time you drive for a while. Not only can they help you stay focused, but they can also take over driving duties if you find yourself getting overwhelmed.
3. Don’t Avoid the Site of the Crash
Staying away from the area where you were injured may seem like a natural reaction, but it may be counterproductive in the long run to give strength to your anxiety. Try not to let fear dictate your route, and consider talking to a therapist if you simply cannot drive past the scene of the accident.
4. Purchase a Safer Vehicle
Your personal injury settlement should include compensation for the damage to your vehicle along with your medical bills and pain and suffering. Investing those funds into a vehicle with more safety features and a better crash test rating will provide the peace of mind you need to reclaim your daily driving routine.
If another driver has caused an accident in which you’ve been injured, the personal injury attorneys at Carey & Hamner, P.C. care about getting you the compensation you deserve. Their attorneys have backgrounds in corporate finance and insurance adjustment, giving them unique insights they use to fight for the rights of clients throughout Enterprise, Ozark, and Dothan, AL. Visit their website for more on their personal injury services or call (855) 435-4797 to schedule your free initial consultation.