THE JOURNEY OF PEDESTRIAN VICTIMS TOWARDS RECOVERY
Road crashes are leading causes of traumatic injury in the world and the pedestrians are always the most vulnerable victims. Motor Vehicular Accidents (MVAs) have been found to be one of the causes of post-traumatic stress disorder and acute stress disorders. They are the most frequent, directly experienced trauma for men and the second most frequent trauma for women (Galovski & Veazey, 2016). This study utilized the descriptive (Husserlian) phenomenology by Edmund Husserl to explore the meaning of a person’s experience. Five (5) male and 5 female pedestrians who encountered a motor vehicular accident within the localities of Cebu participated in the study until data saturation was reached. After consent had been signed a recorded interview was done to explore the experience of these informants. Subsequently, transcriptions were made, the data were then analyzed, compared and condensed to draw a common ground. Using Colaizzi's seven steps in processing phenomenological data analysis, three themes emerged from the 28 significant statements of the informants. The first theme, “Pull Over”, talks about the trauma that caused a standstill. “Caution”, the second theme, refers to proceeding but with caution; and lastly, the third theme, “Proceed”, refers to finally moving on with confidence. Moreover, the results of the study would help assist in reshaping the driver’s mindset when driving and additional measures may be implemented to ensure road safety such as educating drivers of the possibilities of the events that might occur when they ignore the risks of driving.
Keywords:Motor vehicular accident, Traumatic experience, Pedestrian, Lived experience
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