When you suffer a car accident, there may be a sudden flurry of emotions and activity. You’re shocked, stressed, and anxious. You want to make sure your passengers are alright. You need to call the police, exchange information with the driver, and call insurance. All of this sudden action may make you forget one crucial thing: how is your body? The body can react in different ways when it comes to a car accident. Here are a few of the body’s typical responses:
When in a car accident, your body releases adrenaline, which is a hormone released under sudden stress. This is all in preparedness for the ‘fight or flight’ response. Adrenaline coursing through your body after a car accident will make you feel little to no pain, have a rapid heart rate, and be more aware of your surroundings while also heightening your senses.
Mostly common in rear-ending accidents, whiplash occurs when the muscles and tendons in your neck are stretched. This occurs due to the neck getting thrown backward in impact and then forward again. Whiplash can cause minor or major damage to the neck, spine, and back.
Fast Deceleration and Injury
In a car accident, your car and yourself may suddenly go from 65 mph to 0 mph. The sudden force of this screeching halt is mostly seen in head-on collisions. Resulting injuries may include broken collar bones or ribs, internal injuries, and if you are not wearing a seatbelt, the consequences can even be fatal as you may be ejected from the vehicle.
If you are in a t-bone collision, there is only a thin metal door separating you from the other vehicle that came out of nowhere and sharply struck you. These types of collisions may result in broken bones, crushing of the body (internal organ damage), neck, spinal, and head injuries, as well as upper body and pelvis injuries.
Being involved in a car accident can result in varied consequences. Not only are you dealing with repairs your vehicle may need, but there are also injuries to think about. Because of the adrenaline rush that accompanies a car accident, your injury may make an appearance until later on, and recovering may take awhile. If you were involved in a car accident where the other driver is liable, you may be entitled to file a personal injury claim. For a personal injury attorney in Ontario, reach out to Lerner, Moore, Silva, Cunningham & Rubel.