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Should I Visit A Doctor After A Minor Car Accident
Some would argue that there is no such thing as a "minor" car accident. You never know what the shock of a vehicle collision has done to you. Many people didn't suffer a scratch from a vehicle accident, yet they suffer from PTSD due to the trauma their nervous system or internal organs suffered as a result of the crash. If you have the time, money and inclination, you should always consider visiting a doctor after a car accident, no matter how minor you think it is. A simple check-up to see how your body is handling the tension, stress and adrenaline rush after the accident can only do you good.
What To Do After a Car Accident
There are certain things that you or a passenger in your vehicle should always remember if you get into an accident. Remember to:
- Check out your body and see if you have any serious injuries such as bleeding or lightheadedness.
- Check with any passengers to make sure that everyone is alright.
- Turn on your hazard lights, pull out of traffic, and get out of the car.
- Photograph any of your injuries and damages to your car.
You may not need to contact the police if it is a minor accident; however, if you want to take the other driver to court, you may want to call 911. A police report will help to prove fault in a court of law.
Once you've called the police, exchange your name, number, address and insurance information with the other driver(s). Do not say anything that could incriminate you such as "my fault" or "I'm sorry." As long as you don't need immediate medical attention, you should try to remain calm and responsible throughout the entire process. You may leave once you've spoken with a police officer who arrives on the scene. Afterwards, you should contact your car accident lawyer to discuss your options for receiving compensation for damages.
How to Tell if You Need to Visit a Doctor
The negative health effects of a minor car accident may not make themselves known for days following the accident. These may include:
- Persistent soreness in the limbs
- Flashbacks to the accident and heightened emotions
- Irrational fear of driving
- Changed eating and sleeping habits
If any of these has happened to you following a "minor" car accident, contact your doctor to receive quality care.