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How to do a health check if you're involved in a car accident

As a driver, you know you could be involved in an accident at any time. Even if you're doing your part to stay safe, other drivers don't always take the same level of caution.

Nobody wants to be involved in a motor vehicle accident. Not only will this cause damage to your vehicle, but, as you're well aware, it can result in serious injury.

An accident has a way of rattling you. It can cloud your mind and affect your ability to make sound decisions. This is why you need to plan for anything and everything that could happen.

Regardless of how you feel after an accident, it's imperative to conduct a health check. This entails the following steps:

  • Examine yourself for injuries. Even if you feel okay immediately following the accident, you may soon realize that this is not the case. As you examine yourself, pay close attention to any pain or discomfort.
  • Check on your passengers. If you're uninjured, it's time to check on the health of others in your vehicle. Once again, even if everyone appears to be safe and in good health, you should still examine them closely. This is particularly true of young children.
  • Move to safety. If possible, move your vehicle to the side of the road. However, if you're too injured to do so, stay put until help arrives.
  • Get immediate help. You should call 911 to ensure that an ambulance and police arrive at the scene as soon as possible. If you're unable to do so, ask somebody else to make the call for you.

Tip: Regardless of what you find while conducting a health check, you should always visit a local hospital for a complete examination. Some injuries, such as those to the head, don't always present immediate symptoms.

Your health is the most important thing in your life. Once you have this in order, you can then learn more about the accident. For instance, you'll want to find out what happened and who was at fault. By doing so, you may find yourself in position to receive compensation from the other driver. You can then use these funds to pay for medical treatment and other damages.

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