Initially After the Crash
Breathe. It's easy to become in a state of panic after a sudden collision especially if you are dealing with injuries. Take deep breaths in and out, short shallow breaths can quickly lead to hyperventilating and will aggravate injuries.
If the accident is minor, move to a safe area away from traffic. Check for Injuries. Adrenaline pumps through the blood after an accident.
It's common to overlook injuries. Take things slow let others come to your aid.
Call the police. Even if the accident is minor. A police report is a critical piece of evidence. Do not sign any forms from anyone other than the police.
Do not tell anyone the accident was your fault. Even if you think it was; be polite but let all the facts come out before placing blame.
What you say in the police report is important. It often takes days for injuries to make themselves known due to adrenaline and inflammation block pain receptors in the body. It is better to answer "Yes" than "No" when in doubt. If it very common to initially think you are okay after an accident only to go into the hospital the next day with severe pain and find out you need surgery. WHEN ANSWERING QUESTIONS TO THE POLICE, IT'S BEST TO PLAY IT SAFE WITH A "YES" THAN "NO". Insurance Agencies aim to pay as little as possible, police reports are an important tool in that objective. Have a family
Have a member of your family reach out to the appropriate parties i.e. lawyer, insurance agent immediately so they can start building a paper trail for your defense. The more points of contact the better.
The Next Day
Go home. . If you’ve been in a car accident, no matter how minor, your body has suffered real trauma. The adrenaline and inflammation can dull your pain receptors. your body needs ice, fluids, and rest. The day after an accident is critical for healing. If you had surgery you wouldn't be up on your feet the next day! Trauma is trauma. The next 72 hours after an accident is critical for your body to heal. Risk vs. reward! You don't want to pay for it later. You may think this is an exaggeration but it isn't. Neglecting much needed recovery can add six months or more to your recovery. In the end it will cost you more in medical care and put you in a vulnerable position for chronic health problems. One of the most common injuries we see is damage to the lungs and ribs. A sudden gasp of air coupled with slamming on the ribs will make it hard to get any deep breaths for the next few days. ICE!
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