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Adrenaline’s impact on car-accident injuries

by | Mar 25, 2019 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

On March 24, 2019, a major car accident took place in Hamilton Township, reports the Pocono Record. Part of Business Route 209 had to shut down temporarily as emergency services responded to the scene. Fortunately, officials did not report any fatalities at the scene. 

Regardless of the severity of the car crash you were in, it is paramount to go to a hospital immediately. You may feel fine, and you just want to go home after such a traumatic event. However, your body will produce excessive amounts of adrenaline, which can mask symptoms of injuries.

What is adrenaline?

Adrenaline, which experts also refer to as epinephrine, is your body’s fight-or-flight response. After any dangerous or frightening event, adrenaline will flood into your bloodstream. When this occurs, you produce more sweat, your pupils dilate and your heart rate increases. The purpose of adrenaline is to prepare you to either fight or run away. You cannot really do either in a car accident, but the presence of adrenaline will affect you in other ways. 

You could have more injuries than you realize

Another impact of all of this is that you will not feel as much pain. Adrenaline blocks your body’s pain receptors due to stress-induced analgesia. You could have sustained more injuries than you realize, but you ultimately feel fine. It is for this reason it takes some people several days to realize they have whiplash or other injuries. 

This is why you need to see a doctor after a car accident no matter what. If you wait a week to see a doctor, then it will be harder in court to prove your injuries relate to the car accident. You need to get a full medical examination to make sure there are no injuries hiding underneath the surface. With other evidence at the scene, your claim process will go by much more easily.