Immediately following a car accident, you may be feeling panicked, disheveled, and flushed with adrenaline, but it is imperative that you remain calm and take the necessary steps to help anyone injured in the accident, move the vehicles to a safe place, and assess the damage.
- Never admit fault in an accident. There can be any number of reasons for an accident; be honest with the police and let them determine fault.
- Do not flee the scene of an accident. This is considered a “hit-and-run,” and can result in misdemeanor or felony charges.
When to Call the Police
Call the police right away if anyone involved in the accident is killed or injured, or if the total damage to cars and personal property exceeds $1,000. Even if none of these factors are involved in your accident, you should still call the police to have them come out and make a report.
If the police deem your accident too minor to come to the scene, you should go to the police station to file a report as soon as possible. While you may not need to file a police report, it is helpful to have one on file in case any injuries or additional car damages appear in the days following your accident.
Filing Your Own Police Report
If you will be filing your own police report after a car accident at the station, collect the following information from all other involved parties:
- Contact information (addresses, phone numbers, etc.)
- Insurance information
- License plate numbers
- Each vehicle’s make, model, year, and color
- Each vehicle’s registration number
- Each driver’s license number
And take photos of:
- All vehicle damages
- All physical injuries
- Any evidence that shows road and/or weather conditions
If the police were at the scene of your accident, they will have gathered this information. After a couple of days, you can request a copy of your police report, which is essential for insurance claims and legal action.
Take Care of Your Health After the Accident
Once the adrenaline wears off, you may notice new pain developing in your body. Whiplash—the most common injury in car accidents—doesn’t present symptoms until at least 24 hours later. Other car accident injuries could take days or weeks to become evident, like spinal or head injuries, including concussions.
Don’t underestimate any soreness after a car accident; if left untreated, soreness can worsen into chronic pain.
A chiropractor can determine the source of your pain and facilitate natural healing through musculoskeletal adjustments and therapeutic exercises.
Call Us for Chiropractic Care After a Car Accident in Charlotte, NC
A car crash is scary and can have lasting negative physical and emotional effects. The qualified and caring staff at Proactive Chiropractic wants to help you move past your accident and get back to living a pain-free life. Let us deliver a customized treatment plan to fit your needs. Give our Charlotte, NC, office a call at 704-659-3311 or schedule an appointment online.