Surviving road trauma

Traumatic events are situations that are either life threatening or have the potential for serious injury to yourself or someone else.

This section addresses common reactions to road trauma, strategies to cope initially, and when it may be time to seek additional help, for those who have experienced road trauma through:

  • being directly involved in collision as a driver (either responsible for the collision or not),
  • being a pedestrian who was hit by a motor vehicle,
  • being first at the scene of an collision,
  • witnessing a collision, or
  • learning that a close family member or friend has been seriously injured or killed on the road. 

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The following facts sheets have been produced for those who have survived road trauma:

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