Steps to Take Following an Auto or Truck Accident
If you’ve recently been injured in an auto or truck accident, it’s important you seek medical attention. A medical professional will help treat and diagnose you.
Everything changes when something goes wrong on the road. A car, truck or motorcycle accident is the beginning of a new normal.
In addition to the physical pain you’re feeling, accidents also take a serious emotional toll on you. Often, you can feel as though you’ve lost control of your life. It’s easy to feel depressed, isolated, and afraid you’ll never get back on track.
Also, car and truck accidents cost people a lot of money in repairs, insurance premiums, and healthcare. In Texas alone, people lose around $5 billion from car and truck accident scenes.
Do you know what you need to do if you are in an accident? If you drive at all, it’s important for you to take preventative action when it comes to your safety on the road and how to behave if an accident happens.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when you are in an accident.
At the Scene of a Car or Truck Accident
You’ve been in an accident. It’s scary, and your mind is likely racing. Breathe. Take a minute to get ahold of yourself before you do anything. It’s important that you’re able to think clearly and at least somewhat calmly before you exit your vehicle or do anything else.
Take in the scene. Self-assess: Are you hurt? Are you in pain? What about your passengers? Are they OK? Try to take in as much information as you can as quickly as possible. Communicate with other passengers if you can.
Get to Safety
Once you have information to go on, get yourself and your passengers to safety. If the car can move, you should get out of traffic, onto the shoulder, or any other space off the road.
If you can get out of your car safely, do so if the car isn’t operable.
Stay at the Scene
The only possible reason to leave a scene of an accident is if not doing so will result in imminent death or major damage to property.
Most of the time, that won’t be the case.
Leaving the scene of an accident is illegal. If another person has been hurt, it is the definition of a hit and run. Leaving the scene of an accident is only going to make life harder.
Don’t Be a Hero
Don’t be unless a hero, you can do so without becoming a victim yourself. If you can help someone who immediately needs help to save their life, you must act. You can do so with the protection of the law.
Texas has Good Samaritan laws that protect everyone, with the exception of medical professionals, from possible litigation from aid given in an emergency.
But above all, keep yourself safe.
Call EMS as Soon as Possible
You simply won’t be able to handle the injuries and the aftermath of an accident on your own. Plus, you shouldn’t try.
If your cell phone wasn’t damaged in the accident, use it to call for help right away. If you don’t have cell service or if your phone was destroyed in the accident, call on a witness to get help.
Again, do not leave if you can help it. Crises like a truck accident change people and often make them more helpful than they would be otherwise.
In a car or truck accident, a little vigilance in gathering information pays dividends down the line. It also keeps you from admitting to anything.
Your insurer, the police, and your lawyer are going to need timely and well-documented info to care for you in the best way.
If possible, take video and pictures. Ask witnesses to remain at the scene to give statements to law enforcement.
What if I’m Hurt?
It’s crucial that you seek medical attention immediately.
If there is any question about emergent conditions, you need to get to provider now. Waiting for EMS is always the right option, discounting unusual circumstances.
At the Scene
Try to understand what hurts. Communicate as best you can with first responders. This is going to be especially important with police. They are going to make a legal significant contribution to the ordeal with a police report if the accident meets certain criteria.
If you can walk away from the scene, get to a doctor as soon as possible, especially if you have pain.
After the Scene
If you’re feeling pain, that means you’re hurt. This is true even if the injury isn’t visible, as you may have internal injuries. The physics of thousands-of-pounds vehicles moving at speed and colliding are astounding, especially in a truck accident.
The human body can only take so much.
Help your body get back to doing what you need it to do. If you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be able to take care of others.
You might not know you are injured until sometime after the accident. You may notice bruising, soreness, stiffness and pain. This doesn’t mean you weren’t hurt in the accident, only that the symptoms just didn’t manifest until after the accident.
When you’ve realized you have an injury, we’re here to help you get back on track.
Our in-house physicians coordinate and care for all our patients. If needed, our physicians will refer you to collaborating specialists, who we work with to get you the best care for your injuries
From there, we take all the approaches necessary to relieve pain and address the source of the problem. We offer a range of services such as chiropractic treatment, physical therapy, neurological consultation, and massage therapy.
If you are the one injured, you are the one that is going to need to get compensated for damages. Talk to us to see if you could qualify for care with no out of pocket cost for you.
From complex to simple, personal injury treatment is our specialty.
It’s the only thing we do — and no one does it better. Our firm has the range and expertise to care for car and truck accidents, falls and motorcycle accidents, and more.
You’re Not Alone
Call us now if you’ve been injured to get care from a Lubbock firm that understands how significant the injuries associated with an accident can be.
We see these injuries every day, and we treat them everyday. You don’t need to be alone after this life-changing event. Together, let’s make sure that your future is bright by getting back to your old self again.
Personal Injury Doctor Now is a professional medical clinic specializing in car, truck or motorcycle and other personal injury claims (i.e. slip and fall or workers compensation). If you have experienced a recent injury, contact us for your initial consultation and let our years of experience help you today.