Driving Phobia: Real Fear After A Car Accident | Afraid To Drive
The good news is that treatment for fear of driving may be considered a reimbursable medical expense under the terms of the insurance policy of the at-fault driver. Check with your car accident attorney to be sure. Below are some of the most common treatment options.
Therapy. Therapy can help you to regain confidence. You can seek professional counseling or psycho therapy for your fear of driving. Because the treatment is directly related to your car accident it may be covered by the at-fault driver’s insurance. Your personal injury attorney can work with the insurance company to try to get these expenses included in your settlement or verdict.
Driving School. Some people may prefer to regain their confidence by taking a hands-on defensive driving school class focused on collision avoidance and understanding how the driver's vehicle would perform during an emergency situation. This is another expense that may be recoverable from the at-fault driver’s insurance. Again, your car accident lawyer can work with the insurance company to negotiate reimbursement for this expense as part of your car accident settlement. In the Seattle area Swerve is one of the driving schools that offers just such classes.
Self-Help Programs. And still others may be interested in a self-help approach that involves researching and reading about driving anxiety. There is a wonderful self-help program called ‘Driving Fear Program: Learning To Drive Panic Free’ which offers books, CDs and DVDs to help people work through their anxiety. Again, this is an expense that may be reimbursable. Check with your motor vehicle accident lawyer.