Tragically, over 1.35 million people die in road accidents around the world every year and millions more are injured. If you should happen to be involved in a major collision, here’s a look at what to expect and how to overcome the physical and psychological pain.

When You Sustain Physical Injuries, Always Follow Your Doctor’s Advice

Even if you’re involved in a minor collision, you’re likely to experience some physical aches and pains. If the collision is more serious, your injuries will probably be more severe.

You could find yourself in significant physical pain and, depending on the injury, it could take months of healing to recover.

Whether you sustain an injury due to being thrown forward into the dashboard, being hit by flying debris, being jerked sideways against the windshield, or any other way, you should always seek immediate medical attention.

Injuries like fractures, spinal cord injuries, and severe traumatic brain injuries require emergency care. But even if you don’t have any noticeably serious injuries, you should see a doctor. You could have internal injuries that worsen over time.

To help your injuries heal and overcome the pain, make sure you follow your doctor’s instructions.

You’ll probably be told to get lots of rest and you could be prescribed medicine and other treatments to reduce pain and quicken the road to recovery.

Overcoming Physical Pain

You could also try alternative treatments for overcoming the physical pain you experience after a major collision.

Many people find that using essential oils, having massages, seeing a chiropractor, or having acupuncture treatment, helps to ease their pain.

Simple things like staying hydrated, getting plenty of sleep, and staying busy with activities to get your mind off your pain can all help, too.

Overcoming the Psychological Effects of a Major Collision

Being involved in a major collision doesn’t only cause physical injuries. It can also cause psychological problems.

Many people suffer from things like anxiety, PTSD, and depression after being involved in a major car accident.

You could find yourself having flashbacks or nightmares about the collision, experiencing mood swings and aggressive behavior, and having difficulty concentrating, to name just a few symptoms of the psychological effects that you could experience.

If that’s the case, speak to your doctor about your options. Counseling and therapy sessions can certainly help to ease the pain of psychological problems after an accident. Sometimes, medication can help too

Seeking Compensation

If the accident that you were involved in was someone else’s fault, you’ll probably be feeling angrier than you would in another situation.

To ease your troubled mind, it can help to hold the driver to account by filing a lawsuit. Though, that should not be your sole reason for filing a personal injury claim.

When you hire a detailed and communicative legal team, you can gain compensation to cover things like your medical expenses, lost wages, and the pain and suffering you have experienced as a result of the collision.

With medical bills and lost wages taken care of, you won’t have to worry about your financial situation and can instead focus on recovering from your injuries.

Take Things Slowly

After being involved in a major collision, regardless of how severe or minor your injuries are, it can take time to feel confident enough to get behind the wheel of a car again.

But as long as you take things slowly, you can gradually build up your confidence and move forward.

Don’t push yourself too hard, to begin with. Instead, start with a drive around the block and then slowly increase how often you drive. Then, move on to driving on major roads and highways. Also, make sure you have a loved one who can support you through each stage of your recovery.