What Should You Do After a Car Accident?
It is important to know what steps to take after a car accident. Immediately you should assess personal injuries, as well as injuries of the other people involved.
Next, you should exchange information with the involved driver(s), passengers, and witnesses. This includes names, addresses, phone numbers, insurance information, and other relevant details. You should also collect pictures of the scene and vehicles.
You should take notes of everything that happened prior and after the crash. If you are able to recall events during the accident, that is also helpful. Information like this includes, how the accident happened, damage to vehicles, police involvement after the crash, etc.
Should I Go to the Doctor?
Yes, you should see a doctor. The type of doctor you see depends on how serious the accident was. Depending on your injuries, you may need to go to the emergency room. If the accident was not too serious, an urgent care center is also an option.
No matter what, it is important to see a doctor that understands car accident injuries. This will help determine underlying issues that may take a while to appear.
If you feel that you are not seriously injured following a car accident, it is still important to get analyzed. Some injuries can be hidden, and may not appear until a few weeks or months after the accident.
Types of Injuries After a Car Accident
There are a variety of factors that determine injuries in an accident. These include the place of impact. Whether that be a rear-end collision, t-bone, or a head-on collision.
The rate of speed is also a factor in car accident injuries. Whether or not passengers are wearing a seatbelt also has an effect on injuries.
A variety of injuries can result from an accident including; scrapes, bruises, fractures, broken bones, concussions, and lacerations. The most common injury is whiplash.
Whiplash Symptoms and Treatment
Whiplash occurs when the head moves rapidly backward then forward. Whiplash injury symptoms include pain in the neck, stiffness, headaches, and more. The pain can also move down into the spine and shoulders.
In some cases, individuals may not experience initial whiplash symptoms. However, if you are experiencing symptoms of whiplash, you should definitely visit a chiropractor. Chiropractors can assess symptoms, and also provide whiplash treatment through chiropractic care.
Depending on the severity of your whiplash, one chiropractic session, or many sessions may be needed for proper healing.
Should I See a Chiropractor After My Car Accident?
Many victims wonder "should I see a chiropractor after a car accident?" After seeing your doctor, it is recommended that you see a chiropractor within the 72 hour period after the accident. This way, you will not risk losing insurance coverage for your injuries.
Chiropractic care is important for injuries that may not have surfaced yet, especially for a whiplash neck injury. Especially in the case of being the victim, it is important to have medical documentation for your case.
Personal Injury Lawyer
Doehling Law can provide legal advice on how to report the accident to your insurance provider. It is also advised that you never contact the other driver's insurance provider. Especially without consulting legal advice. Unfortunately, they can manipulate you into saying things that might hurt your case. If for some reason they contact you, politely decline to speak to them without your attorney.
Contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as you can after an accident. Doehling Law will set up a free consultation, and begin gathering details and evidence from the accident.