The physical and mental strain of crashes can be severe. If the accident was a fender-bender with no injuries, you may not need much rest to recover. When crashes are more significant, consult your doctor and don’t resume life as normal until you’re absolutely sure it’s safe to do so.
Let’s look at a few considerations you should make when determining how long to rest after a car accident.
Your Injuries Will Dictate How Much Physical Rest You Need
The more severe your injuries, the more recovery time you’ll require. This is one reason it’s so important to get medical treatment after a crash. You likely don’t know how serious your injuries are until your healthcare provider examines you. Even then, there are lingering effects which could also require additional treatment. Even a rear-end collision might have deeper injuries that you won’t feel from the beginning.
Whatever you do, see a doctor after your crash, even if you aren’t sure how badly you’re hurt. Stay in touch with your doctor about any additional pain or symptoms you’re experiencing. Once you know the extent of your injuries, you’ll get a clearer picture of how long the road to recovery will be.
Don’t Underestimate Your Injuries or Rush Your Recovery
It’s important not to quickly resume life as normal after a crash, whether that’s doing chores around your home or going back to work. If you resume these activities before you’re ready to do so, you could risk worsening existing injuries.
If you attempt to “power through” your pain, you might also be unintentionally signaling to insurance companies that your injuries aren’t serious, which they’ll use against you if you file an injury claim to get compensation for the damages you’ve suffered. You also may cause them to worsen, especially if you put too much stress on injured ligaments, tendons, and muscles.
If you’re unable to go back to work, your doctor can provide you written confirmation of your injuries to show your employer.
Mental Rest Is Also Important After Crashes
Resting after an accident is important for your mental and physical well-being. After a crash, people often experience a form of mental shock. It can lead to depression, anxiety, and difficulty concentrating. This puts them at risk for additional accidents if they attempt to drive or operate heavy machinery.
The aftereffects of a crash might also include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Recovering from crash-related trauma could take months or years. You might feel nervous anytime you get behind the wheel or ride in a vehicle as a passenger. Be patient with yourself and consider speaking to a counselor if you feel overwhelmed with anxiety or memories of your crash.
Keep Track of All the Bills and Lost Income You Face
If you do need your insurance company or an at-fault driver’s insurance company to cover the crash-related costs you face, it will help to have proof of those costs. Keep copies of all your medical expenses and make note of the income you’ve lost because of your injuries.
You might also consider keeping a journal of the challenges you face because of your injuries. Document the ways in which your injury restricts your daily activities, the physical and emotional pain you experience, and the rate of your recovery. This journal can help you get a clearer picture of the damages you’re owed from the insurance company.
If You Need Legal Help, You Better Phone Stone
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This content has been reviewed by Jason D. Stone.