Recovery After a Fatal Accident

There is no way around it: fatal accidents ruin lives. Family members and friends are killed in Philadelphia fatal accidents every day, leaving those closest to them to make sense of the loss and to eventually go on with life. Moving on may be especially difficult for those who survive fatal accidents. There are several reasons why survivors of accidents which were fatal to others can have a more difficult time with emotional recovery, according to Bucks County personal injury attorney, Michael L, Saile, Jr. of Cordisco & Saile LLC. 



Many survivors of fatal accidents will probably feel some sort of guilt at the death of others. This is especially likely if the survivor was responsible for the accident; anyone can make a mistake while driving, but some mistakes turn fatal. An example of this is a drunk driver who is clearly responsible for the accident, but who did not intend to cause injury or death.


Physical Reminders

If an accident was severe enough to be fatal, it will most likely leave survivors with personal injuries. Physical injuries and their eventual scars are everyday reminders of the horror of the accident. A survivor may be reminded of those who were killed every time he or she looks in the mirror or at a certain body part that was injured.



In some cases, family members or friends traveling in the same vehicle suffer differently. One of the occupants may be fatally injured while another may be left with less severe injuries. Survivors in this situation will have to deal with the loss of a loved one and may find themselves wondering why they survived but others were killed.


Emotional Difficulty

One of the simplest ways to begin to accept and understand a fatal accident is to talk to someone about it. Many survivors, and many people in general, have a difficult time speaking with anyone about their feelings, and therefore may have a more difficult time recovering emotionally form a fatal accident.

Therapy has shown to be helpful to those who struggle to cope with surviving a fatal accident, but it may not be helpful for everyone. Ask your family doctor to recommend a psychologist with experience in fatal accidents and the loss of loved ones.

If someone you love was injured in an otherwise fatal Pennyslvania accident, you may be wondering what you can do next. Contact the experienced Bucks County fatal accident and personal injury lawyers at Cordisco & Saile LLC to schedule a FREE consultation to find out what your next move should be. Plus, download your FREE instant copy of our PA Car Accident Book for answers to many common car accident questions.