Sometimes, the most frightening part of a car wreck happens after the crash is over. You may, for instance, find yourself sitting in a wrecked vehicle and not knowing for sure if you’re hurt. When adrenaline kicks in, our perception of pain is vastly diminished. This means, for instance, that you may not know you’re bleeding until you actually see the blood or may not know that you’ve broken an ankle until you try to walk. Any vehicle accident attorney sees plenty of cases where the damage suffered from a wreck manifested a bit after the incident had passed.
If you’re in a car accident, personal injury is always a concern. Start by checking yourself for obvious signs of injury. Look around to see if you’re bleeding and check your face in the mirror to make sure that you’re not injured there. Car wrecks happen fast, and it’s quite possible to bounce your face off of your steering wheel or console without really remembering it. Make sure your vision is clear. If you have double vision or trouble focusing, you may have a concussion or other head injury. Look for signs of those injuries in any passengers, as well.