For the victims of car accidents in New Jersey, particularly pedestrians, the psychological damages may last much longer than physical injuries. The New York Times recounts the experiences of several of its own employees who werepedestrians struck by vehicles. These victims explain how their lives have been forever changed by that one event, including the loss of confidence and security as they go about their daily lives. Oftentimes this type of event leads to increased phobia, or even post-traumatic stress disorder.
The article reports that for more than half of the pedestrian accidents over a five-year span, the pedestrians were acting legally. In other words, they were crossing at a designated spot at the appropriate time. That statistic highlights the potential danger pedestrians face around motor vehicles, even when exercising caution themselves.
Mental health professionals have the enormous task of helping their patients cope with the psychological effects of a car accident. According to Psychology Today, one of the challenges that must often be overcome is developing an accurate picture of the client’s needs before providing treatment. For example, some victims suffer from multiple health issues as a result of their accident, a condition known as polytrauma. Some may even have suffered traumatic brain injury, in which case they should be referred to another specialist for diagnosis and treatment. Others may have chronic pain or PTDS. Whatever the exact psychological effect, victims of car accidents often need help to cope with their traumatizing experience in order to return to everyday life with confidence.