Right after a car accident, you experience a lot of emotions. You may be angry, frustrated, in shock, and be processing what has happened. When adrenaline and emotions are high, it is easy to overlook signs that you are injured. This is important, however, to make sure that you are safe and healthy, and that you get the coverage you need.
If you are seriously injured in the accident, you will most likely be taken to the hospital by ambulance. Adrenaline and endorphins mask pain, and that means you may not realize you are at all injured until hours or days after the accident. But that doesn’t mean the injury isn’t already there.
Here are some things to consider about how to check yourself for injuries, even if adrenaline and endorphins are flowing:
- Give yourself a once over for signs of bleeding, cuts, breaks, or immediate bruises.
- Are you nauseous or vomiting? These may be signs of a concussion.
- Did you lose consciousness in the accident?
- Move your arms and shoulders and check for signs of stiffness or pain.
- Take cautious steps as you exit the vehicle. Are your ankles and knees working properly?
- Did you hit your head at all in the accident? Document where, and if there is a visible injury.
Even if you only find a few minor bumps or bruises, it is a good idea to see a doctor within two days of any car accident. Not only is this recommended because it preserves your health, but it also helps to validate claims that you were injured. This is important if you are filing an insurance claim.