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Why might injuries not be noticed right after a car accident?

| Oct 16, 2017 | Car Accidents

Being involved in a car accident in Montana can be a very scary experience. Your body reacts to an accident situation in a unique way that is very primitive. In the past, when our ancestors faced high stress situations, it often meant their lives were in danger. They needed to flee the situation. To do this, they needed extra energy, so the body developed to produce chemicals, such as adrenaline, that boost your energy in times of stress.

According to Arrowhead Clinic, it is these chemicals that block your ability to feel pain right after a car accident. They help you cope after the accident, allowing you to focus on getting out of a damaged vehicle or to get others out. Once the danger is over, the body stops producing the chemicals, but it takes time for them to work out of your system. In the meantime, you may feel pretty good.

Major injuries are usually obvious. They may be visible or you may feel the effects, such as trouble breathing, which are not blocked by the chemicals released. However, other common injuries, such as whiplash and concussions, may not be so noticeable. It can take days for you to realize you may have one of these injuries.

Once the chemicals are out of your system, you can feel pain again. You may notice stiffness in your neck and shoulders, a headache or other signs that you have suffered an injury. If you notice any symptoms, you should seek medical attention right away. This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.

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