“In July of 2021, I was in a bad car accident,” Joanie said. “I was actually driving my mother to her doctor’s appointment when another car crossed the median and hit us head on. We both had quite a long road to recovery, but I was able to get behind the wheel and drive after just a few months. ”
“Then, in March of this year, I was in a tiny little accident. Just a fender bender – a small parking lot collision. But after we exchanged information and I had the car towed to a auto body repair shop in Southeast MA, I just couldn’t drive anymore. I’d get behind the wheel and just cry and cry. What is going on?”
Trauma After a Car Accident: What It Takes to Heal
It’s not unusual for someone to experience symptoms of trauma after being in a car accident. We’re an auto body repair shop in Southeast MA, not therapists, but from what we’ve seen, it’s the people who take steps to address their emotions who do the best job getting back behind the wheel safely.
What we’ve found is many people have some degree of nervousness about driving their car after it has been in an accident. Part of the reason we do such a thorough inspection of each and every vehicle we work on is that damage from an accident isn’t always easy to see. Mechanical, electrical, and glass damage all needs to be addressed to ensure a car can be safely operated. Our technicians are highly trained and we have a wide array of tools to use to make sure these inspections don’t miss any damage. At any time, our technicians will be happy to explain what they’ve done and show you the repairs done – including old parts! – so you can be confident the work has actually been done.
Don’t ever feel bad about asking questions about repair work done to your car. It’s important that you understand what was fixed, so you can return to the driver’s seat with confidence.