Dealing with anger after being injured by a drunk driver

| Mar 31, 2021 | Car accidents

No matter how safe and competent you are at driving, you still need to share the road with potentially dangerous drivers. This is why there is always a risk involved with driving, and why accidents can always happen to the safest drivers out there.

If you were recently involved in a car accident, you may at first question whether you could have done anything to prevent it. However, when it becomes apparent that the other driver was drunk at the time of the accident, you may start to feel a range of emotions. If you or a passenger were significantly injured, it’s likely that you will start to feel a huge amount of anger toward the driver for causing so much pain and suffering. If you are continuing to experience this anger, it could be a problem for your quality of life and for your ability to heal from the incident. The following is an overview of how to deal with feelings of anger after being injured by a drunk driver.

Name your feelings

If you are feeling hate, anger or directing blame, admit it to yourself and others. If you try to repress these emotions, you will bottle them up and they will become more difficult to deal with. Remember that admitting your emotion is entirely different from acting on them. Saying that you are angry is acceptable, but acting on that anger should be avoided.

Find an outlet for your emotion

Ask yourself what you can do to address this anger in a healthy way. It could be through journaling, taking legal action against the driver to hold them accountable or donating to an organization that works to make the roads safer.

Forgiveness can be difficult, but it is the answer if you want to live a happy and fulfilled life. Make sure that you take legal action if you have been negatively affected by the actions of a drunk driver.