AUSTIN, Texas. Guilt after a car accident can be an overwhelming emotion. Whether or not the car accident was your fault, you might be struggling with feelings of guilt. Researchers have also found that some people are more guilt-prone than others. QZ reported that people who were more guilt-prone were found to be more trustworthy. So, the same feelings that might be making you feel bad right now are likely the same feelings that help promote good relationships with others.
Still, guilt can be a difficult emotion to deal with. To make the situation more complicated, there are few resources available to people who have been in accidents where another person was hurt or killed. The New Yorker reports that there are self-help books for virtually every affliction, but when it comes to resources for people involved in car accidents where another person died, there is nothing. The New Yorker writer found no therapists that specialized in these cases, no therapeutic protocols for individuals involved in accidents where another person was killed. In fact, the best resources may be therapists who work with soldiers, but these cases are not quite the same. And some individuals who have been in these kinds of accidents may even have trouble finding therapists who have the resources to handle the case.
The Centers for Disease Control also doesn’t have much specific data on car accident deaths. We know, for example, how many people die in car accidents, but we don’t know exactly the statistics on how people die. For instance, do people die in solitary accidents where they struck a tree or in a crash involving someone else? How often are other people involved?
One woman who was in an accident where she struck a child as a young woman started a support website called “Accidental Impacts.” The site offers some suggestions for readings, dealing with one’s feelings of responsibility. In some cases, readers are guided in quiet ways to take action. There are links to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. Readers are also encouraged to consider contacting attorneys, where appropriate. In some cases, individuals face wrongful death lawsuits or personal injury lawsuits after these kinds of accidents.
Guilt is an emotion that encourages the person to repair the wrong done. In some cases there may have been no wrong done. It might have just been an accident. However, in other cases, there may have been others at fault. Sometimes paying a recovery can lead to some healing on both sides.
Accidents involving accidental injury or death can be highly complex. Determining who was at fault can also be challenging, especially if multiple factors were at play. If you’ve been involved in a serious accident, it is important to get help. Call the police, seek medical attention, and consider contacting a car accident lawyer like the Robson Law Firm in Austin, Texas. If you’ve been in an accident in Austin, Texas, reach out to us at https://robsonlawfirm.com/ to learn more today. You are not alone.
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