Accidents are unintentional events which can result in harm to self, others, or property. Accidents can include car wrecks, accidental homicides, plane crashes, train wrecks, shipwrecks, and other personal incidents. Accidents, because they are often traumatic, may result in symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Symptoms of PTSD which may be associated with accidents include (but are not limited to) avoidance of engaging in necessary tasks as a result of fear (e.g., driving a car, flying in a plane), flashbacks, exaggerated startle responses, difficulty sleeping, etc.
At the Center for Traumatic Stress Research, survivors of accidents can be treated for PTSD symptoms. Furthermore, accident survivors can be taught skills regarding how to deal with possible future events.
Other resources available on the web include:
CAR Accident Family Website
National Center for PTSD (NCP)