If you’ve ever been in a car accident - or are close to someone who has - then you’re probably familiar with the type of trauma it can cause. Even minor accidents and accidents where you are not at fault can cause serious trauma - physical as well as emotional trauma. Emotional trauma can include flashbacks or even PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder).
But have you ever considered - even if you were not at fault in the accident - how the stress of the car accident can affect the emotional wellbeing of your kids? Children can especially be prone to PTSD so it’s important to keep an eye out for the warning signs and to help them cope with the accident.
Please seek professional medical help if you feel that your child is struggling after an accident.
Your children can experience flashbacks of the accident, they can also have nightmares and upsetting memories that can bring up emotions.
How can you help
It’s important to be there for your kids - and to be available to them when they want to talk about the accident. Psychologists recommend letting your children speak openly and freely about the accident and what they remember from it. Letting them speak about the accident is a great tool in helping them to come to terms with what happened as well as to process the accident for themselves.
Children generally open up when they are relaxed and open to sharing. It’s important to be available at this time to properly listen to them.
More than just talking
Some kids don’t want to express their feelings by talking. And that’s ok! There are other ways to get your child to open up about the car accident. You can try letting them draw pictures of the accident and what they remember. Once they’re comfortable with that, you can move onto other activities that will allow them to express their feelings and emotions - such as playing with cars or other toys to recreate their memories. It’s important to not force any conversation but rather let it happen naturally.
Making life as normal as possible - accident replacement vehicles
Life goes on - and it’s important to make things as comfortable as possible for everyone. Getting an accident replacement vehicle can really help - your rental car means that you can go back to your normal life as quickly as possible. If you were not at fault then you may be eligible for a replacement rental at no cost to you - contact our team as soon as possible after your accident, we’ll help you.
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