Auto Accident Chiropractic Care
The traffic light turns green and you start across the intersection when all of a sudden out of what seems no where you are hit on the drivers side of your car by a large SUV. The person in the SUV was texting and not watching where they were going and ran the red light at the intersection. The crash sent you spinning onto the side of the road and against the curd facing in the opposite direction. As you sit there in shock you realize that you have just been in a car accident and you think to yourself, "am I hurt, are my passengers injured, what should I do now?"
The first thing you should do it make sure your car is in a safe and secure place before you get out of it. Make sure you and your passengers are conscious and alert before moving anyone. If you are able get out of the damaged car, do so in a safe and cautious manor. If someone in your car or the the other is seriously injured and needs immediate medical attention ,call 911 and ask for an ambulance. Call the police to the accident to make sure the incident is on the record and the accident area is secured and safe. Talk to the Police and exchange information with the other people involved so you can file insurance claims.
Research shows that even a collision of 5 mph can cause some damage to the delicate spinal regions. It is important to realize that even if you are not currently in pain, there may be underlying and hidden damage to your spinal column and other joints, muscles or nerves in the body, which may not manifest itself as a serious impairment of bodily function for months or even years. You should get examined by your Chiropractor to rule out any of these long term possibilities. If your are more seriously injured and went to the hospital from the accident is is equally important to get Examined by a Chiropractor to make sure your health and future health is protected. Chiropractors are uniquely qualified to examine and assess muscular, skeletal, neurological and joint problem or potential problems caused by such trauma.
Insurance companies realize the many advantages of Chiropractic care, and Chiropractic treatment is usually fully covered by automobile insurance policies, no matter who is at fault, and no matter whether you were the driver, a passenger, or a pedestrian. Most Chiropractic offices will help you submit the necessary insurance paperwork and file a claim with your insurance company. It is important to note that as per Florida Law you must be examined within 14 day of the date of accident for your insurance to cover the costs of the Medical/Chiropractic treatment. Florida is a "no fault" which means that each persons own insurance coverage will pay for their Medical/Chiropractic bills. The at fault party's insurance company will pay for property damage, for example fixing or replacing your damaged car. You are entitled to get Medical/Chiropractic care even if you were the cause of the accident.
Always drive defensively and stay aware and alert.g. Try to avoid talking on your cell phone or playing your music too loud. Do not text for any reason while driving. If you have to answer a text, pull over in a safe area and do so, then put you phone away and resume your trip. Texting while driving (distracted driving) is one of the leading causes of auto accidents resulting in injuries and death in the United States. Don't become a statistic, arrive at your distination alive and well.
Please drive safe and undistracted.