When you're involved in an auto accident, you should seek immediate medical attention first and foremost for the sake of your health. Even if you feel like you aren't hurt and are "normal" after an accident, you should still seek medical treatment because pain and symptoms often show up a few days or weeks after an accident. Secondly, it's also necessary to document your injuries in order to receive full and fair compensation for your damages. Failure to see a doctor timely after an accident may harm your claim. Insurance companies will argue that you really aren't hurt from the accident if you didn't seek prompt medical care.
While you might consider the other driver to be at-fault, there are two sides to every story. Your recollection and account of what transpired could be vastly different from the other driver. Personal injury claims are routinely contested and the job of any insurance adjuster or defense lawyer is to do what's necessary to diminish any financial obligation. Therefore, going to a doctor will not only help you determine the extent of your injuries, but it will help document accident and injuries too.
An auto accident is a serious event, even if it is just a "fender-bender." The impact of an auto collision can be felt differently by each person involved, but there are some common injuries know to occur from an auto accident. Even low-speed crashes could be enough to cause the need for hospitalization. Low impact crashes cans cause numerous injuries such as whiplash, which is an injury to the neck that is caused by a sudden backward movement of the head. Other injuries range from back strain to more severe issues like brain injury, head, spinal or joint trauma. Victims in low impact collisions often face substantial hurdles proving their injury claims because insurance adjusters and their defense attorneys are disbelieving and will do whatever they can to reduce their exposure. It is important for you to seek medical treatment to make sure you are okay and to receive treatment if you've been hurt in an accident.
It is obvious fatalities are much rarer in crashes where speeds are 15 mph or less. However, that changes substantially when speeds increase. For instance, at speeds between 25 mph and 35 mph, fatality and [serious injury] rates more than double, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
Simply put, high speed auto accidents are often very serious or deadly. However, regardless of how fast you or another driver are driving, both bodily injuries and property damage can occur.
It's important to take care of yourself. After all, as NFL coach, Chuck Pagano, once said, "If you don't have your health, you don't have anything." You should be thoughtful about your body and long-term health if you're in an auto collision. Below are some thoughts as to why seeking immediate medical attention is important:
You need peace-of-mind after being involved in an accident. Even if you're involved in a fender-bender and no ambulance is dispatched, you should seek medical attention for your own peace-of-mind. After all, as the old saying goes, it's better to be safe than sorry.
You might not yet realize the true extent of any injuries you could have. If you believe you have minor injuries, you might think these aren't worth the time and effort to seek medical attention right away. However, you should seek medical attention immediately because you don't know what the true extent of your injuries might be. You could have injuries which take time to manifest and that's something you should not leave to chance. Whiplash and brain injuries have often subtle symptoms. It's important to be examined to either rule these out or to get treatment.
The more you delay seeking medical attention, the more impact it can have on your body and legal claims. Not only will delaying seeking medical attention may place your body and health at-risk, it could also have a very big impact on your legal claim. Simply put, the more you delay, the more it will be argued you are "faking," or don't really have serious injuries.
The bottom line is, you should seek immediate medical attention after you have been involved in any type of car accident to protect your health and to have documentation to support your legal claim.
After car accidents, check that everyone involved is OK. Call 911 immediately if anyone needs assistance. You will probably also have to call the police; it helps to have a police report filed in any accident. Most insurance policies state that the police must be contacted in a given time frame if a hit-and-run occurs. Try to find a safe place away from traffic to wait for emergency services to arrive. Most people will have their adrenaline pumping after car accidents and it may be difficult to keep a level head. Simply trying to stay calm can be difficult, particularly if others around you are excitable, too. No matter how emotional you are, try to avoid admitting guilt even if you feel the accident is your fault. That can make things a lot less complicated further along the line.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an auto, motorcycle or truck accident, it's important to seek the advice of an experienced personal injury attorney to learn and help protect your legal rights. Accidents can be costly in more ways than one. Vititoe Law Group can help shoulder the burden so you or your loved one can simply focus on getting better.