It is stressful to be in an accident and usually you can’t think as clearly as normal and making decisions and taking action can be very difficult. So what do you do?
First of all, let’s start from the beginning and take a minute to discuss vehicle safely and how to avoid an accident:
BE PREPARED & PREVENT AN ACCIDENT:
1. Make sure you have the following in your vehicle
- A Flashlight, Flashers & Triangles
- Pen, Paper & Coins
- First Aid Kit & Water Bottle
- A Disposable Camera or you have a camera phone
- Your Insurance Information
2. Keep your car running in top shape
- Check tire air pressure monthly
- Check brakes every 30,000 miles
- Get tune-ups regularly & check lights
- Replace windshield wipers regularly
3. Ensure safety inside the vehicle
- Minimize use of a cell phone and other distractions while driving
- Keep car clean; keep from loose items locked in glove box or stored away.
- Adjust your headrests (the top of the headrest is level to the top of the head)
- Adjust seats/mirrors so you sit straight
- Place children under 5 in car seats (rear-facing for children under 1 year)
What To Do After An Accident
4. After an accident, act quickly and carefully
A. Stop immediately if safe
B. Assist serious injuries immediately
- Provide first aid as needed for bleeding (compress gauze over wound) or for those who are unconscious
- Do not move a seriously injured person unless absolutely necessary
Call 911 for an ambulance if:
- There appears to be severe injuries
- Someone is delusional or very dizzy
- Someone has difficulty moving
- For the police (if a minor accident they may not be sent but call will be logged)
5. Assess the scene if possible
- Warn approaching vehicles with emergency flashers, triangles or flashlight.
- Sketch how accident occurred (Write in street names and numbers. Draw the involved vehicles as boxes and identify them with numbers. Indicate your path before the accident by a solid line and after the accident by a dotted line. Show North by drawing an arrow next to an “N.”
- Take pictures of the accident with your cell phone
6. Note accident details (date, time, location, weather, visibility, road/traffic conditions, your speed at impact, if the other car signaled, towing company, etc.)
F. Assist the police
- Relate the basic facts.
- Ask who was determined at fault for the accident and request the police report.
- Remember: Any statement you make can be used as admission. You have the right to first consult with an attorney.
7. Write information about the other driver (Name, Address, Phone-work and cell, Driver’s License #, make of car & year, car license #, Car damage, insurance company name, policy number, and phone number)
8. Obtain witness information (Get names, addresses, and phone numbers and ask for written statements.)
GET EXAMINED BY A SPECIALIST IMMEDIATELY (Not at a hospital unless you’ve had life threatening injuries or broken bones, etc.)
A qualified chiropractic doctor is the specialist who is highly skilled at determining the presence and severity of whiplash. A chiropractor will also prescribe the specific care you need to recover and heal from the damage caused by whiplash or other related injuries. Common Symptoms of Whiplash:
- Headaches/Neck Pain
- Back Pain/Numbness in hands/legs
- Sore Throat/Nausea/Vomiting
- Loss of Smell/Taste
- Weakness/Lost Grip/Fatigue
- Stiffness/Tension/Muscular Spasm
- And many others
We carefully customize our care programs to maximize your healing potential with special techniques for whiplash and other acute injuries. We not only provide fast relief but work toward correcting and stabilizing your body so you get and stay at your best.
If you have felt any of the symptoms listed above or even if you haven’t yet, come to our office for thorough exam just to be sure you are OK and let us to look for “hidden” injury that you may not feel until later. Sometimes serious and costly injuries take weeks or months to show up.
Your auto insurance covers 100% of the cost of chiropractic services regardless who was at fault for the accident. This enables you to get the necessary treatment to feel better and to fully heal to restore your health. NEVER procrastinate getting yourself checked! The sooner you receive needed treatment the better your results become, limiting your risk of living with chronic pain and other disabilities.
If it is in your best interest to have an attorney involved in your case, your chiropractic doctor can recommend one skilled in this area.
9. Report your accident
- Report to your insurance company promptly and use the accident information you gathered in this pamphlet; failure to do so may affect your rights under your policy.
- Ask your insurance company to send you a personal injury protection (PIP) application form so you can apply for the utilization your medical benefits (if necessary).
- Arrange to get your automobile repaired.