5 Tips If You Are a Victim of a Car Crash

Few instances shatter our normal world into pieces more quickly than an automobile accident. Never expected, a wreck causes bodily injury, stress, and, in some cases, ongoing financial litigation issues.

Unfortunately, there are a vast number of vehicles on the road today, as well as drivers' penchants for distracted driving, which dramatically increases an individual's chances of being involved in a crash. If you already suffer from an injury or medical condition, you need to do your part to ensure it is not aggravated or exacerbated.

If a car crash happens to you, it's essential to recognize and follow these five tips to keep you safe and your injuries to a minimum.

​1. Immediately take stock of the situation

The way you react seconds after a crash impacts the situation tremendously. Determine what area was 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. Analyze your injured areas

How injured do you appear to be? Keep in mind you are not a doctor. So, even if you feel fine, your neck or back could still have been impacted. Identify which areas of your body hurts, and 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 seat-belt.  Many head and neck injuries result from automobile occupants releasing their seat belts after a crash that has left them upside down.
             
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 an injury or medical condition to your neck, back, or spine, let them know that, too.  This information helps the medical team formulate the form of extraction and emergency treatment that minimizes the chance of creating further harm. 

 

5. Visit your chiropractor

If your injuries are deemed minimal and you are released, be happy and grateful that you were not hurt worse! Then, make an appointment with Dr. Bonnie Verhunce and explain the nature of the wreck.

Certain injuries take a few days to show up, and 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 about any treatment deemed necessary.

A Healthier Spine Means a Healthier You!

At Vitality Chiropractic, we are compelled by this simple, yet powerful philosophy.  Our aim is to renew your energy with a proven gentle and practical approach with chiropractic care for our patients.

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