You hope you can get through your life and never experience the trauma of a motor vehicle accident. Perhaps you know one or two people who can brag that they have never had as much as a scratch on their cars, but you certainly know others whose lives changed dramatically after an accident. If you are a responsible driver, you may keep your cellphone out of reach, your hands on the wheel and your attention on the task of safely operating your vehicle.
Nevertheless, as long as you share the road with others, there is always the chance that you will experience a motor vehicle crash. The first time this happens can be terrifying and surreal. You may not believe it is happening to you, or you may not even realize what is going on. You will suddenly feel a loss of control and a rush of adrenaline as your body automatically kicks into survival mode. This is a kind of shock, and it may last for hours or days.
Seeking medical attention is critical
While the chemical reaction in your body may protect you from the emotional trauma, it also may mask the symptoms of serious injury. You may feel fine, and it may be your instinct to refuse medical treatment at the scene or afterward at the hospital. This is not a good idea for two reasons:
- You will want to have a record of your physical condition, any injuries and the medical treatment you receive when you make an insurance claim or if you decide to file a personal injury claim in civil court.
- You will want the opinion of a medical professional to ensure you have not suffered serious injuries or, if you have been injured, that you receive immediate treatment.
Within a day or two of a violent motor vehicle accident, you can expect to feel some aches and pains called whiplash. However, when your adrenaline is high, it is even possible to suffer a broken bone or internal injuries and not feel the symptoms until your condition becomes worse.
It is a good idea to have friends or family around you for a few days in case you should experience delayed symptoms related to your injuries. It is also wise to seek an evaluation of your case from an Oklahoma attorney who can handle your insurance claims and guide you through any legal matters following your accident.