Car accidents are super frightening when they happen, even in the case of a minor collision. You can be quite shaken up by the sudden bump of a car crash, making it easy to become overwhelmed and disoriented when trying to figure out what to do next.
However, there are some crucial steps you need to take after you have had a crash. Of course the basic immediate steps are to call the authorities and check that everybody is okay, but in the days following the incident, you need to think about further action.
In this article we will explore three things to check up on after a car accident.
Your Car’s Safety
Even if your collision was minor, resulting in only a few scratches or dents, it is essential that you have your car’s safety checked out by an auto body expert.
Collisions can leave the internals of your car, such as the suspension, engine or structural integrity of the vehicle, unsafe to drive. To ensure you aren’t at risk, or putting other drivers on the road at risk, you should take your car immediately to have it checked up on by a professional after a crash.
You should always visit a doctor after a car accident, whether or not you were actively injured in the crash. Collisions happen so fast, it can be difficult to determine what actually happened – and which parts of your body have been affected, even subliminally, by the shock.
You should have your vital health points checked by a doctor. These include:
- Your hearing. Your eardrums can be easily damaged if you bang your head during a car accident. If you experience short term hearing loss or even long term hearing loss, your doctor could help you access hearing aids if need be.
- Your neck and spine. Due to the seated position and wearing a seatbelt, your spine can be jolted into an uncomfortable position by a collision. If you are experiencing back pain, make sure to consult an osteopath or massage therapist for help.
- Your head. You could have a concussion without knowing it. Ask your doctor more about concussion if you are concerned.
Your Insurance Policy
You may be able to claim on your insurance policy after an accident. This will depend entirely on the policy you have taken out, and the circumstances of the crash. Always check the wording of the policy you have before calling to try to claim.
Some people avoid claiming insurance after a minor accident, as having a claim on your name means your insurance will go up in price. You can decide for yourself whether it is worth claiming in minor cases; however, for serious collisions, you will need to contact your insurance company to pay for damages.
After a car accident, it can be unclear what to do next. There’s no rule book for these situations – so use this post as a guide for getting things done after the incident.
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