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Vehophobia After A PA Or NJ Accident


When someone has anxiety and persistent fear of a situation, they could be living with a phobia. Particularly if the onset of fearful feelings in those situations present themselves for many months, over six months, for example. It is common for individuals who were in car crashes or witnessed a serious accident to become fearful of driving and avoid the activity altogether. In these situations, the person could be experiencing vehophobia.

It is possible you will be facing an array of fees following a Pennsylvania or New Jersey car accident. There could be physical recovery expenses and mental health fees due to vehophobia. To learn about what your claim could be worth and how to achieve the damage settlement you need to financial recovery, connect with a Bucks County personal injury attorney.

Vehophobia Symptoms and Treatment Options

How an individual experiences anxiety varies. Some people feel fearful of cars after a collision, seek the help of a mental health professional, and are able to overcome their feelings of fear and stress over time. Others find the symptoms to be chronic. Reaching out for support when you are experiencing any of the following could be a way to connect with solutions for your unique situation.

  • Motor vehicles increase your heart rate or lead to panic, sweating, and feelings of anxiousness.
  • You are having repeating nightmares about the collision and its aftermath.
  • Fearful of losing control and unable to calmly drive or enter a car or truck.
  • Avoiding areas, from refusing to go near the accident site to navigating away from environments, such as highways, where the crash took place.

When you talk through the symptom or combination of symptoms that have been part of your life since the car crash, a mental health professional can walk you toward steps to healing. If you aren’t sure who to talk to, your primary care doctor could be a good resource. They can share names of psychologists and psychiatrists with you. Professionals who may recommend cognitive behavioral therapy or other forms of treatment.

Defensive Driving Classes

Once a person is able to ride in a vehicle without too much fear, a defensive driving class could also be a helpful tool in their recovery. Essentially an advanced drivers education for experienced drivers, a defensive driving course can enhance your driving skills and arm you with additional tips on how to stay safe on Pennsylvania roads and New Jersey highways. It may even be possible to have the driving course fees to be included in your settlement package, talk to a Bucks County personal injury attorney to learn more.

Is vehophobia hindering your life or the daily routine of someone you care about? Talk to the legal team at Kardos, Rickles & Hand about how to restore your confidence and secure the damage recovery settlement that you need. Because our attorneys have extensive experience with car accident claims, we will walk you through each step and gather additional evidence, if it is required to prove your claim. To get your claim started or to move forward with legal action, call 215-968-6602.

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