You are likely a careful driver and do not expect to become the victim of a vehicle accident. However, from minor collisions to major crashes, they happen every day.
You may walk away from a car crash feeling nervous and unsettled but otherwise OK. You may want to go right home, but it is important for you to see a doctor first.
Your body reacts
The human body is not meant to accept the sudden and often violent impact of a vehicle crash. The body is in shock and its response is to release adrenalin, which can mask pain and injury temporarily. This is what enables you to believe that you are all right except for the frayed nerves.
Injury symptoms are not always apparent at the time of a vehicle crash; they may appear hours or even days after the event. A neck injury is common after a rear-end collision, for example. Your neck may feel stiff and sore, but you could also have an underlying back or spine injury and either of these could have a long-lasting effect on your life.
The need for a medical report
As the victim of a vehicle crash, you qualify to file a claim for insurance compensation. A representative will want to make sure your injury did not occur in some other way. Sending the medical report with your claim will leave no doubt as to the cause of the injury. While you focus on recovering, your advocate can work with the insurance company on your behalf to ensure you receive a just and significant settlement to cover your medical expenses, lost wages and more.