How to Deal with the Physical Effects of a Bad Car Accident

When you are involved in a serious car accident the state of your vehicle could be the least of your worries.

Your insurance policy should look after the job of getting your car back in perfect condition or replaced but what about the physical impact on you? Even if you seem to have come out of the crash unscathed, it is important that you take some steps to avoid the physical effects from causing you any harm.  

Don’t Panic

If this is the first time that you have been involved in a nasty traffic accident then your initial reaction might be to panic. However, this can have a number of unwanted side effects. First of all, you might end up hyperventilating and having a scary panic attack. Another possibility is that the other driver sees your reaction as a sign of anger and you end up in a heated discussion with them. A regrettable road rage incident could even result for this misunderstanding. Finally, you might have suffered more physical damage than you first think and could aggravate it by jumping up and out of your seat. Instead, you should take a few deep breathes and revise yourself for injuries before getting out. If you are in doubt about whether you are badly injured then stay sitting in the car and wait for help to arrive.   

Take a Seat

Even once you get out of the car it is a good idea to take a seat at the side of the road or wherever you can safely sit down. This will give you time to chat to the other driver and sort things out in a calm and orderly way. If the cars need to be towed away then you are probably going to be there for quite a long time anyway. Sitting down will allow you to rest your body and not put any stress on injured areas. Take as long as you like sitting as you try to calm down and come to terms with the accident. If anyone is waiting for you then a quick phone call or text message should put their minds at ease without alarming them about the incident. 

Check for Injuries

In a lot of cases, the injuries sustained in a car crash aren’t immediately apparent. For instance, if you suffer whiplash then at first you might not even notice anything amiss. It might be that you don’t have anything at all to worry about but it makes sense to be sure as soon as you can. A quick revision of your body should help you see whether there is anything obviously wrong with you following the accident. With cases of serious car accidents the risk of internal injuries is also present and this might not be at all noticeable for a while after the incident. For this reason, going and getting checked out by a doctor or nurse is a very good idea.  Even if there seems to be nothing wrong with you, it still makes sense to take it easy after the accident and not do anything too strenuous later that day. If it turns out that you have suffered some sort of injury then you will want to get this seen to as quickly as possible. When it comes to making car accident claims, the process is quick and simple to get started. A serious injury following a car accident can end up costing you a lot of money, so be sure to claim if this happens to you. 

Give Yourself Sufficient Recovery Time

Studies have shown that the impact of a car crash can be long lasting. This refers to both the physical and mental impact. For example, you might be left with a sore arm or leg for months afterwards or you might feel nervous about getting behind the wheel again. In either case, it is a good idea to give yourself time to recover completely before driving again. If you can take some time off work to recover then this will help you get back to full fitness again. Being involved in a car accident is a serious issue and you shouldn’t feel under pressure to get back to work or start driving again too soon. 

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