The Psychological Effects of Hit and Run Accidents

Victims of hit and run accidents are often left with devastating consequences to navigate. It can be a lonely, confusing time as you try to figure out what happened and how you are going to move forward. Physical injuries are expected and talked about a lot, but there are also a number of psychological effects after a hit and run takes place that can be just as serious, if not worse.

What is a Hit and Run?

Legally speaking, a hit and run accident is where a pedestrian, cyclist, or motorist is hurt by a road user and left at the scene. It can only be categorized as this type of incident if the driver failed to stop and fled before the proper procedures could be observed, or help could be called. What are the consequences of this psychologically speaking?


You may find that depression sets in shortly after the accident, especially if you suffered a loss or a catastrophic injury. Depression can seep into every aspect of life if left unchecked, and it is essential to seek help as soon as possible.


Anxiety is common after an accident takes place. If you are feeling stressed, worried, notice a fast heartbeat, or feeling sick, these are all common symptoms that signal you may be experiencing anxiety attacks.


PTSD is a severe form of anxiety-informed trauma response that impacts everything from sleeping behaviors to memory. You may suffer with intense flashbacks of the scene or feel panic attacks rising every time you see a vehicle.


You may also find yourself avoiding any situation that involves cars like walking about near the road or getting behind the wheel of your own vehicle. This is an obstacle that needs addressing.


It is common to self-isolate because of all the above reasons. This is when somebody stops going out, picking up the phone, or seeing people. Neglecting social interactions or the outside world is dangerous and can lead to a rapid decline in mental health.

Ask for Help

If you are going through any of the above, ask for help from a doctor or trained psychiatrist. They will help you engage with what’s happening and find coping strategies that support positive healing as you trudge through the days yet to come.

When to Call the Law Offices of Kyle Pieter

If you are struggling to readjust to normal life post hit and run, it is time to pick up the phone and give us a call. There is a resolution to be found, and we can help you find the right path through. Any form of mental health impact is relevant and worthy of discussion, and it can boost your eligibility for compensation too.

Don’t hesitate to call if you or a loved one are the unfortunate victims of a hit and run accident. These are serious events, and we must do all we can to help. Be mindful of the psychological after shakes because nobody walks away from an accident unscathed, and it is essential that you look after yourself now more than ever.

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