Mass transit accidents are common and can leave victims not just with disabling and sometimes fatal physical injuries, but also with serious psychological and emotional problems. In fact, violent and traumatic mass transit accidents may leave thousands of Texans with serious emotional scars that can even escalate to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
For instance, these recent Texas mass transit accidents may have left survivors with serious psychological problems, including PTSD:
- As many as 20 people were seriously hurt and one died in an Alabama bus crash in Alabama in March 2018. Passengers in a high school band were coming back to Texas near Houston from Walt Disney World. The driver died, and three dozen people were injured.
- A Greyhound bus accident in Fort Worth in April 2018 sent six passengers to local hospitals with serious injuries. The bus was going from Abilene to Dallas when the accident occurred.
- In April of 2018, 144 passengers on Dallas-bound Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 spent 20 minutes believing their plane was about to crash. One passenger lost her life after she was partially ejected from the plane.
How To Understand PTSD
When someone experiences a seriously traumatic event such as a train accident or a near-plane crash, it is common for them to suffer serious psychological injury in the form of PTSD. While many of us have heard of PTSD in the context of war and military action, it also occurs in other situations, such as accidents.
Incidents such as a mass transit crash may last mere seconds, but the effect of that traumatic event can linger in one’s mind for years. It can take a heavy psychological toll on the victim. You may suffer flashbacks, nightmares, and terrifying thoughts about the accident for months or years after the event.
Those with PTSD after a mass transit accident may experience severe anxiety, mood swings, changes in their routines and a tendency to re-experience symptoms they experienced during the initial accident.
PTSD after a motor vehicle accident is common. The Department of Veterans Affairs states that motor vehicle accidents are the most common traumatic event for men (25%) in the U.S., and the second most common for women (13%). General population studies have determined that approximately 9% of vehicle accident survivors eventually develop PTSD.
There were 265,000 people hurt in various types of vehicle accidents in Texas in 2016, the Texas Department of Transportation states. Thus, there could be up to 24,000 people dealing with PTSD due to motor vehicle accidents. They also may suffer from severe anxiety and depression.
What Are the Signs of PTSD?
If you were in a mass transit or motor vehicle accident, watch for these warning signs:
- You relive the traumatic event in your mind over and over.
- You are suffering from acute anxiety and are having difficulty accomplishing daily tasks.
- You avoid any reminders of the accident.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should speak to a medical professional. Later, if the accident was caused by the negligence of another party, such as a bus driver or bus company, you may want to consult with a PTSD personal injury attorney.
PTSD victims after a mass transit accident may also experience some or all of these symptoms:
- Nightmares and flashbacks
- Physical symptom responses to memories of the event
- Fear of riding in a moving vehicle
- Disinterest in activities you enjoy
- Substance abuse to deal with the anxiety
- Outbursts of irrational anger
- Disturbances in sleep patterns
- Thoughts of suicide
Long-Term PTSD Effects
Post traumatic stress disorder can have serious adverse effects on your life. It can affect your ability to work, deal with life and take care of your children. PTSD is a serious disorder that can damage your relationship with friends and family.
PTSD requires you to seek mental health help and treatment to get back to your normal self. If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in a mass transit accident and is suffering from PTSD, it is important to seek help from a medical health professional. Proper treatment can help the victim deal with PTSD and overcome the serious adverse effects.
And remember, if the accident was caused by the negligence of a driver, operator or owner of the mass transit vehicle or airline, they could be liable in a personal injury lawsuit and be required to compensate you for your physical, mental and emotional injuries, including the cost of your medical treatment for PTSD.
Talk To a Personal Injury Attorney Today About Your PTSD Injury
At Guajardo & Marks, we understand how serious PTSD can be after a mass transit or car accident. The severe psychological trauma of this mental health disorder can prevent you from working, caring for your family, and doing just about anything you need to do in daily life. If another party is to blame for your PTSD accident injuries, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical costs and pain and suffering. Please contact our Dallas offices today for a complimentary consultation.