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Can a Motorcycle Accident Cause PTSD?

Can a Motorcycle Accident Cause PTSD?

Motorcycle accidents cause some of the most deadly and serious injuries on the road. They can happen in an instant and there is almost no way to prepare for them. Many of these types of injuries can take months or years to recover from. The psychological impact of a motorcycle accident can stay with a victim long after their physical injuries have healed.


Post-traumatic stress disorder is one of the most common psychological injuries that motorcycle accident victims develop following an accident. PTSD can be a difficult burden to live with, and victims may:

  • Relive memories and the pain of the accident

  • Avoid certain situations where they know that they could potentially hurt again

  • Never get back on a motorcycle for fear of an accident happening again

Causes and Symptoms

PTSD is an emotional disorder that develops after a traumatic experience. Because motorcycle accidents are so violent, victims are at a greater risk for this type of emotional injury and can develop this disorder months or years after the accident. Symptoms of PTSD include:

1. Behavioral

  • Agitation

  • Hostility

  • Hypervigilance

  • Self-destructive behavior

  • Social isolation

2. Psychological

  • Flashbacks

  • Fear

  • Severe anxiety

  • Depression

3. Mood

  • Loss of pleasure or interest in activities

  • Guilt

  • Loneliness

4. Sleep

  • Difficulty falling asleep

  • Insomnia

  • Nightmares


PTSD and the psychological damages caused by a motorcycle accident can be pursued for compensation. In order to do this, the victim must prove that the accident or incident was the direct cause of the emotional damages. Insurance companies will oftentimes try to decline these types of cases because they treat them as less severe. However, it’s important to realize that these injuries can cause just as much damage to victims as physical ones.


If your emotional health is causing you to take off work or skip activities in your life, keep all related documents and contact an experienced personal injury or motorcycle accident attorney. These could help prove your case for emotional damages and win you the compensation you deserve.


Contact our firm at (800) 905-8777 if you or someone you know has suffered PTSD or emotional damages following a motorcycle accident. We’re ready to help you.


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