Understanding Vehophobia and the PTSD from a Car Accident

When you are involved in a car accident, the last thing you may be thinking about is the potential for developing post-traumatic stress disorder. However, this is a real possibility for many people who go through such a traumatic event, and the symptoms can make it difficult to return to your normal life after the accident.

PTSD can develop after any type of traumatic event, including a car accident. It can manifest in the form of Vehophobia, which should be treated with professional help. 

How Vehophobia Is Treated Post-Car Crash

Vehophobia, also regarded as the fear of driving, is a real and debilitating condition that can impact a person’s life. While there are plenty of different treatment options available, the best course of action will vary depending on the individual.

Some solutions include:

Psychotherapy. Psychotherapy can address any underlying issues that could be contributing to the fear of driving. A qualified therapist can help you to understand and work through your fear, providing you with the tools you need to cope with your anxiety. 

Defence Driving. Defence driving courses are another option for treating Vehophobia. These courses teach people how to drive defensively and can help to instill confidence in those who have been afraid to get behind the wheel.

Hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy is another treatment that might be effective for Vehophobia. This type of therapy may change the way you think about driving and may help reduce your anxiety and fear. 

Medication. In some cases, medication could also be prescribed by a medical professional to treat Vehophobia. Please refer to your GP or doctor for further medical advice. 

How Vehophobia Affects Drivers Post-Car Crash

Vehophobia can affect drivers post-car crash in several ways. It can cause them to experience anxiety and fear when driving, leading to avoidance of driving altogether. In some cases, Vehophobia can also lead to other mental health problems.

Those who suffer from Vehophobia may find that their fear is so great that they cannot drive at all, limiting their mobility and preventing them from living their lives normally. 

How Vehophobia Is Included in an Accident Claim

If you’ve been in a car accident and lodged a claim and are suffering from Vehophobia, you may include it in your accident claim. This can help you recover damages for the mental anguish and distress you have suffered. This can be difficult to prove, however, as there may be other factors that contributed to the avoidance therefore it will be in your best interest to engage with a reliable and experienced car accident lawyer regarding your claim.


Vehophobia is a condition that can have a significant impact on your life. If you are suffering from Vehophobia, you may be entitled to compensation from the party responsible for your accident. 

If you have been in an accident and made a claim, contact D’Angelo Legal for further advice. 

D’Angelo Legal is a 15-year-old full-service law firm with injury lawyers in Perth, WA. Start the conversation today.

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