Did you know that in 2016, Texas reported the highest number of vehicular fatalities in the US?
Car accidents do damage to more than just your vehicle. Car accident injuries can be some of the scariest and most dangerous injuries of all.
Here are eight facts to keep in mind.
1. Car Accident Injuries Happen All the Time
According to the World Health Organization, 3,287 people die each day in vehicle-related accidents.
It’s a tragic figure that illustrates just how dangerous the roads can be. You might think it could never happen to you, but accidents occur all the time.
2. The First Few Minutes After an Accident Are the Most Important
It can be difficult to keep a clear mind after an accident. However, doing a few simple things right after an accident can make a world of difference.
First, check for any immediate injuries like bleeding, bruising, or breaks. If you’re in the clear, check on any passengers.
Next, pull over to a safe location and check on the other drivers. Do not admit fault. Call the police immediately and try and remain calm.
3. Honesty Is the Best Policy
Depending on the severity of the accident, the police may arrive with an ambulance.
In both instances, you’ll need to be as clear and honest about the accident as possible. Recount the events with as much detail as you can and don’t discount any injuries you may have sustained during the accident.
4. Even Minor Injuries Can Turn Serious If Left Untreated
When we think of injuries from traffic accidents, we only think of the extreme ones. Yet there are countless ways in which one can get injured in an accident — and not all of them seem serious at the moment.
Even if you feel fine, seek medical attention as soon as it’s safe to leave the scene.
5. Certain Injuries Take Days to Surface
Why seek medical treatment, even if it seems unnecessary? Because injuries like concussions and whiplash can take days to manifest.
Keep a close eye on your health in the days after an accident. If anything seems slightly off, consult a medical professional immediately.
6. Not All Auto Accident Trauma Is Physical
Traffic accidents can take a mental toll, too. Following an accident, you may feel hesitant to get behind the wheel again or even set foot in a car.
This trauma is every bit as serious as a fracture or bruise and may be symptomatic of post-traumatic stress disorder.
7. Fleeing the Scene Is Dangerous…And Illegal
One of the worst things you can do after an accident is to leave the scene. Even if you were clearly at fault, leaving the scene is punishable by law.
It can also put you at greater risk of injuring yourself or other drivers. No matter how nervous you are, please, stay at the scene of the accident.
8. Insurance Companies Aren’t Always on Your Side
It’s always good to have car insurance. But don’t expect the insurance company to make the claims process easy on you.
In fact, it’s in their best interest to give you as little money for the accident as possible. It may be wise to seek legal counsel before dealing with your insurance agency.
Arrive Alive and Get Home Safe
Car accident injuries can lead to long-lasting pain, missed work, and serious emotional trauma. any injury that you experience in an accident needs to be treated right away.
If you’ve recently suffered an injury following a car accident, get in touch today. You have rights that the Law Office of Eric Ramos is dedicated to upholding.