Following any crash, it is normal to experience feelings of stress and anxiety, especially when the accident is very serious. For example, one driver is dead after a crash with another car on U.S. 189 by Deer Creek Reservoir on Monday Evening. According to KSL.com, around 5:15 p.m., troopers responded to a collision roughly two miles south of Charleston. From early reports, the Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) say a Chevy Trailblazer was traveling north and suddenly crossed into the southbound lanes. A Toyota Camry swerved to avoid the Trailblazer but ended up striking the Trailblazer head-on. The driver of the Camry was killed. The Trailblazer’s driver was rushed to a nearby hospital with critical injuries.
The names of those involved were not released by the UHP. According to KSL, they are currently trying to contact the families of those involved. The reason that the Trailblazer drove into the other lanes of traffic is still unknown. The accident caused U.S. 189 to be closed in both directions for almost three hours as investigations took place. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim who was killed. Similarly, we hope that the driver of the Trailblazer can make a full recovery.
For those involved in a car accident, it is normal to feel a sudden flood of challenging emotions afterword. Although we do not have any particular expertise in the grieving process, we help people every day who have undergone some of the most challenging experiences of their lives. Anyone who is struggling with an emotional burden stemming from their accident should seek help from a licensed medical professional. However, not all car accidents require medical or psychological treatment, but they can still be an arduous process for everyone involved.
Recognizing some of the more common emotions following a car accident can help in your recovery. Merely noting that you are feeling a sense of shock, denial, anger, disbelief, guilt, shame, self-blame, anxiety, worry, or fear can help in better remedying any problems you might be having. Usually, for most people, the trauma and sting associated with these feelings will start to subside after a few weeks. However, if the strength of these emotions has not decreased after about three months, you might want to consider seeking help from a qualified professional counselor. Finding advice should especially be true if these feelings are preventing you from thoroughly doing your job, schoolwork, interactions with family/friends, etc. If it is still affecting your life in a significantly adverse way, consider your treatment options.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns about an accident that you or a loved one experienced, contact The Advocates. We are always ready and willing to help with any concerns you might have.