6 Tips If You Are A Victim of a Car Crash
Few instances shatter our world into pieces more quickly than an auto accident. Never expected, a wreck causes bodily injury, stress, and, in some cases, dealing with a law firm about ongoing financial litigation issues.
Unfortunately, there are vast number of vehicles on the road today, many with a weakness for distracted driving. This combination of drivers dramatically increases an individual's chances of being involved in a car accident. If you already suffer from an injury or medical condition, it is important to ensure it is not aggravated or exacerbated.
So what happens if you're involved in a car crash? It is essential to recognize and follow these six tips to keep you safe and keep your injuries to a minimum.
1. Immediately analyze the situation.
The way you react seconds after a crash impacts the situation tremendously. First, determine where you are injured, and if you are in imminent danger in the vehicle. For example, if the automobile is on fire, or you are sinking into a lake, rescue yourself as quickly as possible. Otherwise, stay inside your vehicle.
2. Evaluate your injured areas.
How injured do you appear to be? Keep in mind that you are probably not a doctor. Therefore, even if you feel fine, your neck or back could still have been impacted. Identify which areas of your body hurt, and note the intensity of the pain.
3. Wait for the authorities.
Stay calm inside your vehicle and wait for the police and ambulance to arrive. This is imperative if your vehicle has flipped and you are hanging from your seatbelt. Occasionally, a crash can leave it's victims upside down. As a result, many head and neck injuries occur from automobile occupants releasing their seat belts.
4. Inform the emergency technicians.
Once help arrives, it's vital to explain to them, if you can, the areas of injury. If you have previously suffered from injury or a medical condition to your neck, back, or spine, let them know that as well. This information helps them formulate the form of extraction and emergency treatment that minimizes the chance of creating further harm. Be calm and specific when you relay the information. Also, use simple language and the 1-10 pain scale to describe your level of discomfort.
5. Visit your chiropractor.
Hopefully, your injuries are deemed minimal and you are released. Be happy and grateful that you were not hurt worse! Next, make an appointment with your chiropractor, and explain the nature of the wreck. On occasion, certain injuries may take a few days and up to 10 days to show up. The crash could have impacted bones, joints, and ligaments that went undiscovered during the initial after-crash exam. Ask for a complete examination, and talk with your chiropractor about any chiropractic care deemed necessary to help restore your injuries and overall health.
6. Minimize the chances of being injured in another automobile accident.
While you cannot control being in a wreck, you can take measures to guard against one reoccurring. If a crash does happen, you can also give yourself a greater chance of avoiding injury. Always wear your seatbelt, and avoid distracted driving (this means your cell phone). Additionally, maintain your vehicle's brakes and tires, and understand the current traffic laws. Commit to driving at a safe speed depending on the weather conditions, and never, ever drive after drinking alcohol.
Being in an automobile accident is scary business, and we hope it never happens to you. As well as, your family or friends.
Unfortunately, there is an increased risk to individuals who already deal with medical conditions or bodily injuries from sports, work, or falls. However, by maintaining a clear head and following these six tips, you can minimize the chance of being seriously injured in many car wreck situations. These steps will help you to return to your normal life quickly, hopefully putting this awful incident behind you.
So what should you do if you have been a victim of an auto accident or personal injury and live in the Fargo or West Fargo North Dakota area? Give us a call and schedule an appointment to get evaluated to find out what it will take to Finally Feel Good.