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Being in a motor vehicle collision can make you afraid to drive

If you are involved in a motor vehicle collision that happens due to another driver, you might sustain bodily harm coupled with emotional suffering. One after-effect that can have an enormous, perhaps harrowing impact on your life is the fear of driving, called vehophobia. It can develop following a crash. This makes you extremely afraid to get behind the wheel again (or be unable to do so at all) because of the accident you had.

If you are unable to drive, you would not be capable of taking the kids to school, for example, using your car to commute to and from work or doing all kinds of everyday things that require operating a vehicle. In addition, if driving is essential to your job, maybe if you are a salesman or trucker, your ability to earn a living would be disrupted in a big way.

Help is available

There are numerous ways to handle this phobia and eventually overcome it. One technique could work for you more successfully than some of the others. Learning about defensive driving, therapy, medication or participating in a support group could make you feel secure enough to drive again without feeling phobic.

How does vehophobia manifest itself?

You might experience a few or many of these reactions:

  • Chest discomfort
  • Feeling sick to your stomach
  • Perspiring heavily
  • Shaking
  • Having panic attacks when you try to drive
  • Overwhelming anxiety about being in another crash
  • Rapid pulse

Vehophobia can be persistent

This is a serious condition. The criteria for diagnosing it include “intense, irrational fear” that persists for a minimum of half a year. Understanding the total effect of a vehicle collision on you will be crucial to get adequate compensation.