Car accidents occur on a daily basis, and yet most people don’t know what mistakes they should avoid immediately following an accident. While we hope that you never find yourself in this position, we are here to offer the help you need to get relief from pain due to auto accidents. Contact Wellspring Health in Orange City, Daytona Beach, or Altamonte Springs today to schedule a chiropractic adjustment to alleviate the pain from injuries you may have incurred.
1. Not Moving to Safety
You should maneuver your car further out of harm’s way if it is still functioning. If you are able to get out of your car without risking further injury to yourself, exit from the side opposite traffic. If you can’t move or get out of your car, then be sure to turn on your hazard lights in order to alert other vehicles to the fact that you’re not moving anytime soon.
2. Not Contacting Police
One of the most important ways that you can protect yourself after an auto accident is to call the police so that the incident is documented. Verification from police that you were not at fault will go a long way with insurance companies working with you and releasing the money you need as a result of your accident claim. Don’t ever trust another person when they tell you not to call the police because their insurance will cover everything. More often than not, they are lying and will make themselves sound like the victim.
3. Forgetting to Take Pictures
It is important to take pictures of the accident scene from a variety of angles so that you can make sure that all relevant details are captured. Unless you are in an ambulance on your way to the hospital, you should take photos of the light, intersection, skid marks, and anything else that might be relevant to the crash. Don’t assume the police will take pictures, because they may not..
4. Delaying Medical Evaluation
It is easy for many people to convince themselves that they don’t need to see a doctor after a car accident. As surprising as this may sound, there is an astonishing number of people who believe that they will be fine in a few days. This is a big mistake that you will want to avoid as car insurance companies in Florida are required only to give you access to your personal injury benefits if you seek medical treatment within 14 days of the accident. Unless you have a serious or life-threatening injury, going to the hospital can use up nearly all of your available benefits in a single visit, which is why we recommend that people refuse to be taken there after an auto accident.
5. Getting Treatment From the Wrong Doctor
It is important to make sure that you see a doctor who is experienced in treating injuries that are caused by auto accidents. Victims of car accidents frequently have a number of injuries that primary care doctors are not used to treating, which is why it is crucial to see a doctor who knows what to look for and how to treat your injuries. Primary care doctors (PCP) rarely accept auto insurance. Common injuries from auto accidents include: sprains, strains, ligament tears, and herniated discs in the spine.
At Wellspring Health in Orange City, Daytona Beach, or Altamonte Springs, we have helped many people recover from injuries they received in auto accidents, and we are here to help you. Our doctors have the experience to identify the source of your pain and provide the relief you need. Chiropractic adjustments can help with a number of pain sources, including injuries from accidents. Call today and let the doctors at Wellspring Health assist in restoring your health and well being.