Billions of people around the world are affected directly or indirectly by roadway collisions. In the United States alone, approximately 3 million people every year sustain auto-accident injuries, which often become lifelong disabilities.

In the months following a devastating collision, survivors and their loved ones are often overwhelmed dealing with the aftermath. Survivors may feel like they’ve been transported to another planet where they’re drowning in a sea of pain and heightened emotion. They may no longer feel like the person they once were, and often experience new, frightening symptoms in the weeks following the accident. Many survivors begin to wonder if they will ever get back to fully living and enjoying life. The emotional, physical, legal, and financial effects of a crash can be catastrophic for survivors and their families.

Read more at Psychology Today.