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Can a car accident change your personality?

On Behalf of | Oct 5, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Crashes

When you suffer physical injuries in a car accident, they may heal in time. This could take weeks, months or even years and certainly should not be something you take lightly. But you also don’t want to assume that you only have physical injuries. 

The truth is that you could also have some mental or emotional issues that you need to deal with after the crash. These can alter your entire life. Today, let’s take a look at two ways that a car accident could potentially change your personality. 

The wreck could leave you with a TBI

First and foremost, you could suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the wreck. Depending on what part of your brain is injured and how severe that injury is, this could lead to personality changes. Many people report feeling anxious or worried. Family members sometimes say that people change to become short-tempered or irritable. In the most serious cases, spouses have even said they barely feel like they know their partner anymore. 

You could also have PTSD

A car accident may also be the most traumatic event of your life. This can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. You could suffer from nightmares and flashbacks. You may find it impossible to drive or even ride in a car. PTSD is different for everyone. Like a TBI, it could cause you to struggle with your temper, or it could fundamentally alter your personality forever. 

Getting treatment for these disorders can be expensive, and the changes could irreversibly change your life. If someone else caused the crash, you need to know if you have a right to compensation.