Almost everyone will be involved in a traffic collision at one point or another. While it is important to collect the appropriate information at the scene, this is often quite challenging under these chaotic and unexpected circumstances. I would advise you to call the police and file a report, contact your insurance company to report your accident and call our office immediately to schedule an appointment so we can work on getting you back on the road pain free.
What to do after the collision
Many crash victims feel shaken, but otherwise uninjured at the time of the crash. However, 24-72 hours later, they may become symptomatic, experiencing headache, neck pain, or other symptoms. If you are advised by emergency workers at the scene to go directly to the hospital, it is best to follow their advice. Such advice is usually made with the benefit of much experience. If you feel that you are not injured, but will not be able to drive safely after the crash, follow your instincts and refrain from driving. If you do not go directly to the hospital, it is always a good strategy to see your doctor for a checkup soon after a crash.
Symptoms Associated with Auto Injuries
If the collision was the fault of the other driver, your insurance policy will pay for any medical or chiropractic treatment you should require. If healthcare cost reimbursement is ever disputed, your treating doctor will usually continue to treat you and wait until this dispute is settled to receive his or her fees. The most important thing is to maintain active necessary treatment in order to achieve the most complete and speedy recovery.
Do you need a lawyer?
Whether you will need the services of a lawyer will depend on many factors. Your healthcare provider has plenty of experience in treating collision victims and can offer you good advice based on the circumstances of your particular case. Should you decide to seek advice from a lawyer, it is advisable to find one who specializes in personal injury cases and one recommended by your doctor. Cases are usually taken on a contingency fee basis, meaning that you pay nothing until the case is concluded.