What You Need To Do After An Auto Accident

June 9, 2021

No matter how careful you are on the road, accidents happen. Thousands of car crashes occur in the Tampa Bay area every year, and the stretch of I-4 between Tampa and Daytona Beach is one of the most dangerous roadways in the nation. As Tampa's roads become more congested, it is important that you know what to do if you are involved in an accident.  In this blog post, we will discuss what you should do, common car accident injuries that require treatment, and how physical therapy can help. Read on. 


What You Should Do After A Car Accident

Here are some of the things you should do when you are involved in a car accident: 

1. Keep Calm 

Most of the time, people panic when they get involved in an accident. While this unfortunate event can be overwhelming, it is important to keep your composure. Avoid making sudden movements or reacting in a way that makes things worse. 

2. Assess the Situation 

Check on other passengers or other people involved in the accident. If someone is seriously hurt, do not move them as this can worsen their condition. Instead, wait for medical professionals to secure them. 

3. Call the Police 

Call the police immediately for help. Take note: insurance companies require a police report for the claim. Be sure that the details are accurate, including the other party's statements. Consider consulting your lawyer before giving a statement. 

4. Take Photos 

Take plenty of good photos of the car damages as well as your injuries for documentation. Make sure you enable the flash on your phone camera for proper lighting in nighttime situations.

5. Exchange Information 

Be sure to get the contact details of everyone involved in the accident, including their insurance. 

6. Contact your Insurance Provider 

Keep in touch with your insurance provider to find out how they can help you. 

7. Go to the Hospital or Clinic 

Even if you think you are not badly injured, it is important to seek immediate medical attention. 


Common Car Accident Injuries

Some car accident injuries are apparent right away, while others may not be noticeable until days later. A medical assessment can determine if you have any of these common car accident injuries:

  • Whiplash 
  • Broken bones
  • Internal injuries
  • Neck and back injuries 
  • Head injuries 
  • Traumatic brain injuries 
  • Fascial injuries 
  • Knee injuries 
  • Burns
  • Spine injuries 
  • Scrapes and cuts 
  • Sprains and strains


How Physical Therapy Can Help 

  • Accurately assess your condition and needs
  • Monitor your progress
  • Ensure safe and effective recovery 
  • Detect hidden injuries 
  • Regain your body’s strength and balance 
  • Strengthen your core

How we can help?

At The Right Spinal Clinic, our team of health professionals and doctors is ready to help you heal and recover after an accident. We provide outstanding Physical Therapy, Chiropractic Care, and Primary Care in the Tampa Bay Area, with same day appointments and no waiting time. Call us at (813) 582-7000 to schedule your appointment today.
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