It is that time of the year again. The roads are wet and half the people on the road drive like it is dry (FAST) and the other half slow down to half the posted limit. Until your car loses traction and you hit another vehicle, most don’t realize how quickly and easily auto accident injuries can happen. While an accident usually starts and ends in matter of seconds, the neck pain, headaches, back pain, etc. can continue for weeks, months or sometimes, years.
Chiropractic Care and Auto Accident Injuries
In addition to the typical physical aches and pains associated with auto accident injuries, there are legalities to consider as well. Sometimes there are disputes as to who is the guilty party that is responsible for the accident. Many people will deny their responsibility even though their role in the accident is obvious. If you have been involved in an automobile accident, there are a number of things you can do to preserve your legal rights and preserve your rights to receive care for your auto accident injuries.
The following is a summary of some of the most important things you can do to protect your legal rights after a car accident:
1. Do not leave the scene. If you leave the scene of an auto accident, you may be criminally prosecuted. You are required to provide your name, address, driver’s license and auto insurance information to the other driver.
2. Assess yourself for injuries and then, if you are able, help the injured if there are any. If someone has been injured in the accident, you should call for an ambulance / paramedics and assist them to the extent you are qualified.
3. Avoid additional collisions. Make sure your vehicle is not presenting a safety hazard to other motorists. If possible, it should be moved so that it is not obstructing traffic.
4. Notify the police. Typically the police will prepare a report that contains specific information regarding the accident and the parties involved. While you may not be required to call the police, the accident reports they produce could be helpful to you later.
5. Do not admit liability. You may convey facts concerning how the incident occurred; however, it is best not to comment on your responsibility (or liability) for the accident. This is a legal matter that is not always readily and easily ascertainable.
6. You should get the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of any individuals involved in the accident, as well as any witnesses to the accident. You should also obtain the name of the insurance company and policy number of the other drivers involved.
7. Notify your insurance company. If you do not give your insurance company prompt notice, your policy may provide that the insurance company may deny coverage for your claim.
8. Consult a chiropractor to evaluate your injuries. Some auto accident injuries may not manifest themselves until some time after the accident; the fact that you do not immediately feel as though you have been injured does not necessarily mean that no injury has occurred. You should not settle your claims for injuries arising from the accident until you have been advised by your chiropractor as to the full extent of your auto accident injuries.