A father strapping his child into a car seat before going for a ride.

Accidents are unexpected events that can have serious consequences on your children. Even if your child was not involved in your accident, they can be exposed to unfamiliar and unpleasant aspects of injuries and medical care. It is no secret that accidents can have emotional and psychological effects on children, and every child copes differently. Coping mechanisms of children are often quite different than adults but should never be brushed off or ignored. Some common responses to trauma after a car accident include emotional changes, physical changes, change in thinking, difficulty concentrating, changes in their social life, change in behaviour, and changes in sleep.