Do you know the key elements at the time of an accident?
So the unexpected happens. Someone ran into you, or you ran into them. Immediately your body and nervous system go into shock. Am I ok, are the children ok, can I drive my car, how are the other people…
As these thoughts run through your mind, your system is immediately producing adrenaline and pumping it through your body to protect you from going into shock.
These natural and powerful chemicals running throughout help block your pain for 48 to 72 hours. Hence you may only feel a bit stiff and sore for the first day, but watch out on the second and third day. Expect a crescendo of symptoms and discomfort.
Your ability to think and react clearly at the time of the accident may be impaired due to the sudden trauma and unexpected event that has just occurred.
Following are some points that you may want to consider just after an accident.
1. Make sure all occupants are ok and not in a life threatening situation.
2. Dial 911 and request an ambulance if anyone is hurt, have the Police or Highway Patrol come and evaluate the scene of the accident.
3. Pull off the roadway if there is any danger to you, or others.
4. If you feel unsafe, stay in your car with the doors locked until the Police arrive. These days, people are under great stress and you may not know how they will react.
5. Discuss the details of the accident with the Police to allow them to properly evaluate the situation.
6. Take pictures of the scene and vehicles from different angles.
7. Go to the hospital if you feel that the injuries are serious and require immediate attention of an emergency room.
8. Rest the remainder of the day and apply ice.
9. Call your insurance company and report the accident.
9. Seek care no later than 48 to 72 hours of the accident. Try not to delay in getting a physician, qualified and knowledgable in the evaluation and treatment of automobile accidents injuries, to see you. Waiting to receive care may complicate your recovery, and may result in the loss of your insurance coverage.
This list is not conclusive, but will be a good start at helping you keep track of some of the items and order of activities just after an accident. Remember, you may not be able to focus and concentrate clearly just after an accident.
It may be helpful to print this list and keep in your glovebox.
Riadh Fakhoury D.C., D.A.B.C.O.
Board Certified Chiropractic Orthopedist
Experienced in the treatment of traumatic injuries since 1985
Fakhoury Medical and Chiropractic Center
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