Automobile accidents are a significant cause of neck pain, disc injuries, back pain, migraines, and many other conditions. When an car accident happens, most of us don't have a clear picture of what we should do next. First, make sure all of the occupants of your vehicle are safe and secure. You might need to move the car off the road to a safer location.
Once you are safe, call the police immediately. It is critical that a police report it filed to document the damage to your vehicle and who was at fault in the collision. If possible, get a witness. It is really important to have a independent witness to the accident. They might have facts that may become critical down the line if there is any litigation related to the accident. Exchange all reliant information. Take pictures of the cars involved and of surrounding areas. Do not forget to photograph bodily injuries such as burns, bruising and bleeding. If you can, video tape the scene. It has sometimes proven to be an effective way to have the other person stick to their story. Sometimes the other person is sorry to have caused the accident, then apologizes and admits fault on video. This can prove to be invaluable, especially since most people later try to change their story. A video tape to jury can be very persuasive if fault is in question.
If you have sustained serious injuries, it may be necessary for you to be taken to the emergency room. They will perform any necessary x-rays or CT scans to make sure you don't have any broken bones or internal injuries. At this point you will most likely be discharged with some pain pills, muscle relaxers, and anti-inflammatories, and told to follow up with your family doctor.
This is where things can become complicated. Many family doctors simply will not see a patient who has been in an accident, even if you have been established at their office for years. This is not because they are rude, incompetent, or lazy, it is because they typically are not comfortable dealing with the legal complications, billing hassles, and other issues related to treating personal injury cases.
For this reason, it is critical that you seek the care of a chiropractor who is skilled in treating automobile accident victims. Doctors of Chiropractic are experts at treating musculoskeletal injuries such as whiplash, back pain, joint pain, headaches, and sciatica. A good chiropractor will be able to order any necessary x rays, MRIs, nerve tests, or other procedures. Although it's rare that car accident victims will require surgery, your chiropractic doctor will be able to determine if your injuries will necessitate you seeing a surgeon or a specialist for a consultation.