If you’re wondering what to do after a car accident in Asheville, NC, you’ve come to the right place. Here you’ll find a comprehensive list of suggestions including how to handle the scene of the accident, resources for towing, and details about how to begin treatment and healing after an auto accident injury.
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1. Pull over and call 911. Stop your car, and if you can, pull out of the line of traffic. Don’t forget to turn on your hazard lights. Even if there are no injuries, it’s still a good idea to call 911. That’s the recommendation from the federal government’s website, 911.gov, which recommends calling after “a car crash, especially if someone is injured.” It isn’t against the law to just exchange insurance information and move on, but if you call 911 or your local precinct and bring in a neutral third party to document the accident, you’ll be doing yourself a favor.
2. Exchange car insurance information. We work with a number of insurance companies to provide chiropractic care including Geico Insurance, Progressive Insurance, Statefarm Insurance, USAA Insurance and Essurance. If you have another company, check your book and you might be surprised to find us there too. The insurance process for auto accidents can be confusing, which is why our staff is trained to help guide you through it, explaining your benefits and options and helping you every step of the way. We assist you with getting the proper tests and even work with your MD to make sure we are all on the same page for your care.
3. Get a police report. Call the number listed on the business card of the officer who responded to your accident and compiled the report. If the police officer didn’t give you their business card, call the police station and ask for the officer who you worked with. When you speak to the officer responsible for your car accident report, explain to him who you are and give some details of the crash to help him remember.
4. Take photos and gather witnesses. After the accident, it’s super important to take pictures of the area of the accident from all directions. Be sure to take close-up photos are well as pictures from further away. Realize that, in the moment, you don’t exactly know which angles best illustrate the accident scene. If you think that someone’s view of the accident scene will be relevant, be sure that you walk over there and take pictures from that angle. For example, if the other driver told you after the accident that he/she couldn’t see you coming, you would want to take pictures that showed how far back the other driver had a view of the accident scene.
5. Contact an experienced auto injury health professional or chiropractor after car accident. What most people don’t realize after an accident is that even minor car accidents can lead to soft tissue injuries. If these injuries are left untreated they can lead to chronic arthritic issues and further complications. Even minor fender benders can lead to injury and more than half of all whiplash injuries occur in crashes where there was little to no damage to the vehicle. The only way to rule out injuries is to seek out a chiropractor.
If you’re looking for an auto accident chiropractor, first ask about the insurance companies that they work with. For example, we work with a number of insurance companies to provide chiropractic care including Geico Insurance, Progressive Insurance, Statefarm Insurance, USAA Insurance and Essurance. Also, ask your insurance companies who they work with to provide accident chiropractic care.
And, when it comes to dealing with specific auto injuries, the most common injuries sustained in a car accident are to the neck and back. Whiplash is the most common ailment and occurs when the head is suddenly thrust forward and then backward when a car is rear-ended.
Whiplash is a non-medical term that is often used to describe neck pain following an injury to the soft tissues of your neck (specifically muscles, tendons, and ligaments). It’s caused by an abnormal motion of force applied to your neck which causes movement beyond the neck’s normal range of motion. The speed of the cars involved in the accident or the amount of physical damage to the car may not relate to the intensity of neck injury; speeds as low as 15 miles per hour can produce enough force to cause whiplash to passengers and drivers, whether they were wearing seatbelts or not.
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The bottom line is this. If you or a loved one has been in a car accident, there are many things to consider. For instance, the insurance process for auto accidents can be confusing. Our staff is well trained to help guide you through the process and will explain your benefits and options. We’re to help you every step of the way. We’ll assist you in getting the proper tests and even work with your physician to make sure that we are all on the same page for your care. Getting you back on your feet and feeling well again is our number one goal.