An estimated 1.35 million people lose their lives in road crashes every year. An additional 20 to 50 million individuals experience non-fatal injuries that result in long-term disabilities, according to ASIRT. On 3rd December, two teenagers were ejected from their car following a road accident. The teens, identified as Skylor Brown and Garret Haddon, are aged 18 and 17 years. Family members say the two were traveling to view Christmas lights when the crash occurred before 10 pm at Mickler Street and Highway 301.
According to the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office, one of the teenagers was ejected from the car. NCSO added, the two teens were transported by road to the University of Florida Health in Jacksonville with trauma alerts. Family members say the two are still recovering. As of 5th, Saturday afternoon, Garret Haddon’s mom said, “Skylor Brown seems to be recovering quickly.” While children tend to be more resilient after traumatic events, protecting your family after a car accident should be a top priority. You want to make sure your children can cope with the aftermath and recover quickly. Here are tips to help your child overcome emotional trauma after a car crash.
Make Your Child Feel Safe
In the wake of a road accident, it is your duty as a parent to reassure your children that they will be safe. Give them extra hugs, cuddle more often, and most importantly, listen to their concerns about the disturbing event. However, do not force them to talk or think about what happened if they are not ready or willing. With this in mind, embrace the small conversations your child is willing to engage in, as they lead to more revelations. Also, choose the right words to say after an accident to ensure your toddler or teen feel safe throughout the recovery process.
Seek Legal Help
There are many reasons for hiring a personal injury attorney when your child is involved in a road traffic accident. Legal experts will help you learn more about personal injury law to ensure you protect your child’s legal rights. They will also negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf to secure the compensation your child deserves to cover medical expenses, property damage, and pain. Receiving the right amount of settlement reduces the strain on your finances. Instead of worrying about how you’ll settle hospital bills, you can focus on your child’s well being.
Consider Trauma Therapy
Most children overcome the effects of car accident trauma on their own after some time. But some are unable to cope with the situation and even develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Children with PTSD experience nightmares, flashbacks, and become anxious. If you notice any of these symptoms in your child, make sure you consult a therapist.
After a traumatic event like a car crash, children need their parents’ help and support to cope and recover. Ensure you listen to their concerns, maintain the usual routine, and reassure them you’ll keep them safe. Also, seek help from mental health experts and personal injury attorneys to ensure your child has the required resources to overcome emotional trauma quickly.