Can a Motorcycle Accident Cause PTSD?

A significant percentage of motorcycle accidents result in injury to the rider. Some of the most common injuries include traumatic brain injury, fractured and broken bones, and spinal cord injuries. However, the consequences of these traumatic collisions can also be psychological. Some people develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after their motorcycle accidents.

What is PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is often defined as a psychiatric or mental health disorder that can occur in people who have experienced a traumatic event. Similarly, it can develop in people who have witnessed a traumatic event. Natural disasters, war and combat, assault, and serious motor vehicle accidents are among the most common examples of things that can trigger PTSD. 

Symptoms of PTSD 

It is normal to feel on edge or have trouble sleeping after a motorcycle accident. You may also recall upsetting memories related to your collision. The problem occurs when these reactions do not go away or become so strong that they interfere with your daily life. That can signal PTSD.

People with PTSD can experience:

  • Flashbacks and nightmares
  • Intense or disturbing thoughts and feelings
  • Strong adverse reactions to certain triggers
  • Feelings of fear, sadness, anger, and anxiety

Can You Sue for PTSD After a Motorcycle Accident?

Personal injury lawsuits allow victims to sue for emotional distress after motorcycle accidents. PTSD can be the basis for an emotional distress claim that may award monetary damages. If you were diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, you could be entitled to compensation.

Suing for PTSD can help relieve the financial burden that you may be facing. You likely have medication and therapy costs to think about, as well as time spent away from your job. 

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Are you experiencing emotional distress after getting hurt in a motorcycle collision? Call 303-993-8685 today to arrange your free personal injury consultation at Jeffress Law. We proudly serve clients in Boulder, Broomfield, Longmont, and the surrounding areas of Colorado.


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