The Reality of Car Accident Injuries
According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are over 2 million car collisions a year in the U.S. They are extremely common, and there are around 32,000 fatalities annually. With numbers that high, car accidents are one of the leading public health crises affecting the U.S. in the 20th century.
If you have ever been involved in a car collision or other vehicle accident, then you understand how terrifying and life-threatening they can be. Once the crash occurs, however, you may find yourself wondering what comes next. If you have been injured, you could be left with lingering questions about what to do and who to talk to.
What to Do Immediately After an Accident
It can be overwhelming to experience a car crash, especially if you have never been in one before. Even though you’ll have a lot on your mind, try to keep the following steps in mind if you find yourself in that situation:
Once you’re safely away from your damaged car and traffic, call 9-1-1 and report the accident. If you or another driver or passenger are injured, you may need to call an ambulance as well.
Obtain and Record Identifying Information from the Other Driver(s)
It’s critical to get all the contact information from other drivers and passengers at the scene while you’re waiting for the police to arrive. Make sure you write down the name, phone number, address, and insurance company for all present parties.
Beyond asking for identifying information, avoid discussing the collision with anyone, especially the other driver. Never admit fault in an accident. This includes saying things like “I’m sorry” or “May bad” as both can be construed as an admission of guilt.
Record License Plates and Witness Identifying Information
Make sure that you take extensive notes while you’re still at the scene of the collision. Write down all license plate numbers as well as the make and model of the cars involved if you have the time.
It’s also a good idea to ask any witnesses for their names and phone numbers so they can be reached later.
Provide a Statement to the Police at the Scene
Only provide a statement to the police officer(s) at the scene of your accident. Inform them of what happened to the best of your knowledge but make sure that you do not speak to anyone else at the scene about what happened.
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Common Car Accident Injuries
If you end up injured after a car accident, you may need to undergo medical treatment to help in your recovery process. There are a few common injuries you may experience after a collision, including:
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Bone Break/Fracture
- Soft Tissue Injury
- Spinal Cord/Back Injury
- Neck Injury
- Internal Injuries
- And Others
All of these injuries might include medical treatments, and some of them, if severe enough, will require that you go to the hospital directly from the scene of your accident.
Why You Should File a Personal Injury Case
When you’ve been injured in a car accident, you’ll find that your medical bills can start to add up– and fast. One of the best ways to receive compensation for your injury is to file a personal injury claim. If you contact a personal injury attorney, they can walk you through the process of filing a case.
There are plenty of reasons to file a personal injury case if you have been harmed as the action or inaction of another. If you hire a legal representative, you may be able to collect damages, or a settlement, to help you earn some money back to aid your recovery. Some of the things you can earn compensation for include:
- Wage Loss
- Pain and Suffering
- Loss of Companionship
- Emotional Distress
- Medical Expenses
- And Others
Earning back some compensation from an injury that isn’t your fault can help you recover faster and gain back some of your quality of life.
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