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Mental trauma following a pedestrian accident: What you should know

On Behalf of | Jun 7, 2021 | Auto-Pedestrian Accidents |

An automobile and a pedestrian don’t make for a good mix. Most individuals struck by cars are fortunate if they survive the crash, and severe blunt-force trauma injuries are common.

Emotional and psychological issues are common following such injuries.


Once someone has a negative experience with something, they may be hesitant to do something again. The mere thought of engaging in an activity may even cause someone to panic, causing that person’s heart to race and an inability for them to think of anything else. 

If a pedestrian who a motorist struck attempts to go walking once again as they grew accustomed to doing, then they may quickly find themselves feeling overwhelmed, paralyzed with fear and experiencing other symptoms consistent with anxiety. 

Post-traumatic stress disorder

It’s not individuals struck by automobiles to experience flashbacks of what happened. These can control their thoughts, exacerbate their anxiety and the quality of car accident victim’s sleep. What’s often worse about flashbacks is that they can be unpredictable, leaving individuals who experience them vulnerable to a vicious cycle of trauma until they can find help.


Recovery can be a long and lonely process, especially when your pain isn’t necessarily visible as physical injuries might be. Your friends may distance themselves from you as you recover because of your inability to move about. Your relationship with them may unravel over time. The time you spend socially withdrawn may result in you becoming depressed, which can be challenging to snap out of without getting professional help. 

You have a right to fair compensation

Many individuals who have mental health concerns struggle in silence because they’re embarrassed to come forward or feel that it won’t kill them, so they should just grit and bear it. You deserve to live your best life, and California law may allow you to hold the motorist who struck you liable for covering the care you need to restore your mental health to what it was before your crash.

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