Car accidents are some of the most shocking incidents that can happen in people’s lives, and they are responsible for many serious injuries and deaths.

After a crash, it’s not just your own injuries that you likely have to deal with. You’ll also have to deal with bills from your resulting medical care, problems working or attending school and doing your other normal activities. Everything that is normal in your routine changes abruptly after a bad wreck.

Car crashes do cause mental strain. It would be a lie to say that people can go through a traumatic event and have no emotional reaction or mental consequences as a result. If you’re in a traumatic accident, the likelihood is that you won’t feel like yourself for a while. You may want to seek out therapy or go through counseling to make sure you work through the trauma.

Don’t overlook your trauma.

The mental health of a car accident victim is something that is often overlooked — but very important for a full recovery. The person who caused your accident is liable for your injuries, and that includes injuries to your mental health. If you’re struggling with post-traumatic stress, memory loss, anxiety, fatigue or other cognitive issues from the accident, it’s important to get help. You can seek out a medical exam to rule out any physical injuries and go on to seek psychological help when necessary.

It takes time to recover from car crashes, and you deserve all the help you want and need. Our site has more on what to expect after you’re in a crash, so you know what to do to make your claim.