Overview

Cars and two-wheelers are the most important modes of transportation in today’s world. But if I ask you if they are the safest mode of transportation? What would be your answer? I am sure you are thinking about it.

You may be thinking that accidents happen in all modes of transportation, plane crashes, train accidents, and shipwrecks. Yes, I agree with you but if you look at the number of cars and two-wheelers in the U.S. it is a very higher number.

The most preferred mode of transportation for the people is road transportation. With more number of vehicles comes more number of accidents.

The Annual United States Road crash statistics report that 38,000 people die every year in the U.S. The road crash fatality rate is 12.4 deaths per 100,000 people. Apart from this number, a whopping 4.4 million people are injured seriously enough to seek medical attention every year. Road crashes alone cost a sum of up to 380 million dollars for the U.S. in direct medical costs.

Now, that we have seen all the statistics. There are some other important details to be looked upon. From the statistics, we can understand that many people affected by motor vehicle accidents. Of these numbers, there is a certain group of people who are hesitant to meet the doctors immediately after the accident.

Every individual has their own reason for not meeting the doctor immediately after an accident. Apart from their personal reasons like no enough money to consult a doctor or do not have medical insurance. The scientific fact that hinders them from meeting a doctor immediately is the adrenaline rush. Once you meet with an accident your body unleashes a large amount of adrenaline. This adrenaline suppresses the pain for hours, days, or sometimes for weeks. Most people mistake it for them to be totally fine. With this thought, they decide not to meet a doctor. This is one of the most ill-advised decisions.

We will be discussing, the various reasons why you should meet a doctor immediately after a motor vehicle accident.

The major reasons are,

  • Health issues and
  • Insurance denial

There are a lot of health issues that may occur if we don’t meet a doctor immediately after an accident. Some of them are,

Common injuries after a Motor Vehicle Accident

Whiplash 

Whiplash is termed as one of the most prominent injuries after a motor vehicle accident. The major problem with whiplash is, it can cause problems several weeks after the accident. It is mostly caused due to a sudden front and back movement of the neck during the accident. This sudden shock can cause strain in the neck and spine. This causes severe neck and back pain, sometimes headache too. But if you consult a doctor immediately after the accident this can be found at the early stage by X-rays or scan reports.

Soft tissue injuries

Soft tissue injuries are classified as internal injuries. Soft tissue injuries are mostly torn muscles, ligaments, or tendons. This kind of internal injuries are not visible to us but are very much serious when compared to the tear and wear in our skin. They can turn extremely painful if not treated at the right time. Although these injuries cannot be detected by us a doctor identifies them by using X-rays and other diagnostic methods. If you meet the doctor immediately after the accident, the doctor would detect it and provide the needed medication at the beginning of the injuries. This may save you from a lot of pain.

Concussions

A concussion is a traumatic brain injury. It may be caused when the brain hits the inside of the skull. This leads to a lot of problems like headaches, lack of concentration, and instability in balance and coordination. If you have a feeling that your head may have hit during the accident. Then kindly consult the doctor immediately.

Back and neck injuries

The most common injury caused by an accident is back and neck pain. This is caused due to the sudden impact of the accident. The common injuries are sprain, fracture, disc displacement, and spine injuries. At the time of the accident, we all are tempted to think that all the tiredness and soreness caused is due to the accident and nothing else. This is not exactly true. It is because of the injuries and if these injuries are not treated immediately they may result in severe pain in the future.

These are the major health issues that may get worse if not consulted a doctor immediately after the accident. There are also some other reasons to meet the doctor soon after the accident. They will be discussed below.

Insurance company denials

Insurance companies pay a lot of money for the personal injury accidents taking place. Although their role is to pay for your medical attention they don’t want to keep paying for every individual. They try finding reasons to neglect your claim.

If you have not consulted the doctor within 72 hours of the accident, the insurance company will deny your claim stating the injury has no relation to the accident. You yourself won’t be having any evidence to prove them wrong.

Loss of evidence

If you have not consulted a doctor immediately after the accident, you won’t be having any medical records to prove the cause for your injuries is the accident. This puts you in a vulnerable situation where the insurance company does not pay for your further treatments.

Insufficient medical payment

When you are not eligible for a personal injury claim you will have to pay for all your medications. The cost of the operations and medications are very high. This will put you in a vulnerable situation unable to pay for your treatments. To avoid this situation it is better to consult a doctor immediately after the accident so that the insurance company will pay for all your treatments.

Final Thoughts

We have listed all the problems you will have to face individually related to your health and personal injury claims if you don’t consult the doctor immediately after the accident. To put all of it in short, if you did not consult a doctor immediately after the accident, you may have to face a lot of health issues in the future and won’t be eligible for your personal injury claim as you won’t have any records of evidence.