Everyone responds to car accidents differently – but the shock experienced from an accident is universal. Car accidents are never planned – and never intentional, whether you are at fault or not. But when you’re not at fault, it can be easy to feel like no one is there to help.
It’s completely normal to feel shock after an accident. Shock can feel different for everyone – but here are the common symptoms to look out for:
- Feeling numb
- Experiencing shakiness
- Emotional distress
- Feeling afraid
- Unpredictable mood swings
Shock immediately after the accident will feel different to shock over the following days. Immediately following the accident, it’s important to focus on your breathing. Blurred decision making and confusion are also normal – so be sure to take a seat, drink some water and take a moment to gather yourself. This is all especially important if you were not at fault in the accident.
Some drivers can respond to shock by displaying anger, irritability and aggression. It’s important to steer clear of engaging in any conflict at the accident scene and to rather take a moment to calm the situation down. Anger can be brought on if the driver at fault feels guilty but it can also be brought on in the case of a not at fault driver feeling wronged by the situation. Anger and irritability are both valid emotions brought on by the shock of an accident – however it’s important to remember to not lash out at other drivers! If you ever feel unsafe at an accident scene, you have the right to call the police to come assist you.
Not my fault – what you need to do!
The moments after an accident are usually fright filled – dealing with the shock as well as other injuries can be scary for anyone. But as the driver not at fault it’s important to remember one thing – our team is here to help you. You need to call us as soon as possible on our dedicated accident support line, we’ll help you with everything.
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