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PTSD After a Motorcycle Accident is Common, Insight From the Best Motorcycle Accident Injury Attorneys


Motorcycle accidents may have the effect of triggering PTSD. Individuals may have different reactions when they get into a motorcycle accident. For some, they may react with fear of riding their motorcycles again. Additional aftermath symptoms may include:

  • Anxiety,
  • Depression, or
  • Psychological conditions that are connected to PTSD. 

When it comes to PTSD, there are a variety of symptoms that could be diagnosed after an individual endures a motorcycle accident. These include:

  • Difficulty sleeping.
  • Having nightmares.
  • Getting flashbacks of the accident.
  • Losing concentration or focus. 
  • Terrifying thoughts.
  • Excessive consumption of alcoholic drinks.
  • Exhibiting reckless behavior relating to self-destruction. 
  • Not partaking in social activities. 

One or a few of these symptoms after a motorcycle accident are normal since it is a scary experience. However, they should disappear after a few days from the initial date of the event. If the victim continues to deal with these symptoms for more than a month, they should seek medical help and get evaluated by a medical expert or physician.

Treatment For PTSD


Once a victim is diagnosed with PTSD, it is important for them to get treatment right away. They will have to attend counseling and psychotherapy for recovery. Doctors may typically provide medication, such as antidepressants, to control their symptoms. Failure to seek treatment will result in the victim’s mental health becoming gradually worse. 

Who Does PTSD Affect In Motorcycle Accidents?


When motorcycle accidents occur, it is common for the victims involved to develop PTSD. However, there are other individuals who may also get impacted by it as well. 

This includes:

  • Witnesses.
  • Emergency personnel who were helping the injured victims or the deceased. 
  • The victim’s family members and friends who were given the news of their loved one’s death. 

Settlement For PTSD


PTSD will make it difficult for motorcycle accident victims to continue living their lives as before. This includes no longer going to work or participating in social activities. Additionally, PTSD has the affect of increasing the likelihood of suicide. 

If you choose to file a lawsuit against the other party involved in the motorcycle accident, you may seek to include your costs for PTSD, along with treatment in your settlement. You may also incorporate any lost wages you suffered due to your absence at work from your recovery process. 

Available Damages


Accidents happen. If you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Below is a brief explanation of damages. Damages are a type of monetary award that is determined by a court of law to help compensate an aggrieved individual for any losses or injuries sustained as a result of someone’s negligence. 

Economic Damages

Economic damages are intended to compensate a plaintiff for losses that a dollar amount can readily be attached to. Economic damages are calculated by determining the amount of out of pocket losses an aggrieved individual has or will expect to incur as a result of their injuries. 

A few examples of economic losses include:

  • Loss of Earning Capacity
  • Medical Bills
  • Lost Wages

Non-Economic Damages

Non-economic damages are essentially intended to cover losses that are thought of as subjective and will not necessarily cover out of pocket losses. Non-economic damages may include compensation for:

  • Emotional Distress
  • Pain And Suffering
  • Loss Of Enjoyment Of Life

Punitive Damages

The third type of damages a California court may award are known as punitive damages. Punitive damages are intended as punishment and are only awarded when a defendant’s behavior is especially harmful. Punitive damages are relatively rare and in fact were only incorporated in 5% of all verdicts.

Furthermore, there is no real set standard for calculating and awarding punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded at the court’s discretion and will vary depending on the specific circumstances of a case. Punitive damages may be awarded on top of the normal compensatory damages an aggrieved individual may be entitled to and are intended to punish a wrongdoer for their negligent or malicious behavior.

Limitations For Damages In California 

For the most part, there is no real cap on compensatory damages following a personal injury claim. This means that courts are able to award any amount they feel is appropriate and reasonable.


However, the only exception is regarding medical malpractice cases. In these cases, the limit for pain and suffering and other non economic losses is $250,000.

West Coast Trial Lawyers Is Here To Help


If you or a loved one has been a victim of PTSD after a motorcycle accident and you believe  that the other party is at fault, West Coast Trial Lawyers will have our skilled motorcycle accident attorneys will get you maximum compensation for your medical care and damages. Consultations are always free, and you don’t pay unless we get you compensation for your injuries. There are no financial risks involved when using our services. Reach out to our legal team 24/7 by calling (213) 927-3700 or emailing [email protected]

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