The simple answer is yes. You may be injured and then again you may think that you’re not injured. Accident attorneys and doctors that treat motor vehicle accidents will tell you to see your doctor after a collision. Yes, even if it is a minor vehicular collision. Your long-term health, safety, and wellbeing are on the line. You owe it to yourself to get checked out.
When you are in a car a car accident your body releases adrenaline and other hormones during periods of stress. Your circulation, heart rate, and breathing are accelerated. These chemical transmitters are released to help you survive but they may also mask symptoms of you being hurt.
Think about it this way. How much does your car or truck weigh? Many thousands of pounds. Think about the force that is required to stop those thousands of pounds in relation to the connections in your body. An impact from a car or truck crash produces a great amount of force resulting in a serious shock to your body. You are only human and the human body is not meant to endure an impact of that magnitude. Therefore, the injury you think is only minor may be much more serious. Injuries are common even in low speed motor vehicle accidents.
Car and truck accident injuries are often compounded by the surprise factor. Let’s say you are playing football or another sport and are about to collide with a person. Typically, you see what’s coming, react, and anticipate the impact. You try and protect yourself. This is not always true in a car or truck accident. Before being struck, you may not even see that you are being hit. Therefore, you have no time to anticipate the strike and cannot brace for the impact. This leads to whiplash injuries.
Whiplash is a soft tissue injury of the neck or cervical spine caused by the rapid and forceful back and forth motion of the neck. Think of it like the end of a whip as it cracks. Sports injuries, physical abuse such as assaults, and other trauma may cause whiplash but it is more frequently the result of a rear end collision of a vehicle. Your symptoms may include pain and stiffness of your neck and headaches. Sometimes the pain will resolve with proper care and treatment. In other cases, you may experience chronic pain and may have other complications that develop.
So, what happens if you’re not so lucky and you develop chronic symptoms? If you were smart and sought treatment early on, then you will have medical records to document injures and progress. That is why it is so important to see your doctor if you have been involved in a car or truck accident regardless of the presence of symptoms.
If you were not responsible for the accident, then why should you pay for your medical bills, treatment, and lost wages? You need to hire an experienced personal injury attorney and have the negligent driver that caused the wreck pay for your loss. Therefore, valid records will justify your claim and the careful documentation by your doctor will substantiate your path to recovery.
The longer you wait, the tougher it will become to prove your injuries were due to your car accident. Get a diagnosis early. There is no downside. Don’t think for a second that the insurance company will not argue that your injuries were due to something else. They always do.
See your doctor. Get the treatment you need. And if you are injured contact an aggressive and experienced car and truck accident attorney immediately.
Ron Voyles is an attorney and a chiropractor with over twenty years of experience in the litigation of personal injury and the defense of drug and alcohol crimes. Ron practices in Montgomery, Harris, Walker, Grimes, Madison, San Jacinto, and Leon Counties.