PTSD and Car Accidents

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder stemming from a traumatic incident, such as a car accident, which causes symptoms that impact daily life.

Physical injuries are often the focus of recovery efforts in the aftermath of car accidents, while the mental impact is largely ignored. PTSD is commonly associated with military combat veterans. Most people aren’t aware that the emotional trauma from car accidents can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder. In fact, car accidents are the leading cause of PTSD in the general population.

This debilitating mental injury often goes untreated because many car accident victims are unaware that they have post-traumatic stress disorder. One study showed that nearly half of all car accident victims experience PTSD. In the United States, 4.4 million people sustain injuries in car accidents serious enough to warrant hospitalization. This means as many as two million Americans experience PTSD from car accidents.

More effort should be made to treat the psychological impacts of car accidents.

CLICK THIS LINK to read a full blog from NSTLAW and find out how you can get resources and representation to help you in the event of a PTSD related car accident.

Free Resources

Resource Network

The Stay Safe Foundation has gathered some free resources for veterans and police officers below.

Please note, we are not affiliated with any of these resources (unless it specifically states so). We have made every effort to verify that they are reliable and viable organizations. However, we do not endorse them, nor can we be responsible for the accuracy or completeness of the information about them.

Community & Family

Military Child Care 
Provides a single gateway for you to find comprehensive information on military-operated or military-approved childcare programs worldwide.

National Military Family Association
Provides advice and information for families of service members who have been wounded or become ill during their term of service.WoVeN Women Veteran NetworkTo provide a unique social network of women Veterans to foster connections and build relationships in local communities and across the nation. Newsletter Signup:Women Veterans Network (WoVeN) (

Education & Training

Able Flight Program-Purdue University 
Mission is to offer people with disabilities a unique way to challenge themselves through flight and aviation career training, and by doing so, to gain greater self-confidence and self-reliance.

Dog Tag Bakery 
Dog Tag Inc. seeks to provide a transformative opportunity for veterans with disabilities by offering an education at Georgetown University and real-life work experience in our small business venture, Dog Tag Bakery. Upon completion of the Dog Tag Inc. program, transitioned veterans are business ready, competitive and employable.

Entrepreneurship Boot Camp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV)
Experiential training programs in entrepreneurship and small business management for post-9/11 veterans with disabilities resulting from their service to our country.

Emergency Assistance

Operation First Response 
Assists families of wounded service members with rent/mortgage payments, utilities, vehicle payments and repairs, food, travel and transportation.

Operation Home Front
Offers emergency financial, legal and other assistance to families of service members and wounded warriors.

Semper Fi Fund
Provides financial assistance and other support services for service members and their families during period of hospitalization and recovery following injury or illness.

Health, Medical, & Wellness

Addiction Group – Veterans Addiction Group is dedicated to help individuals (especially veterans) suffering from substance abuse and prevent new cases through credible information and spreading awareness to as many as we can reach.

Addiction Resource
Our mission at is to connect individuals to treatment centers that best suit their individual needs. Individualized treatment leads to long-term recovery

American Addiction Centers
Below are just some of our free resources available for veterans and military members suffering from co-occurring disorders and PTSD from American Addiction Centers

For those hoping to find help in their local areas they can also use our free directory to locate the nearest treatment facilities or they can use our free text line to start the road to recovery.