AUTO ACCIDENT FACTS
Auto Accident Facts: In Utah, there are approximately 55, 000 auto accidents per year with 2,500 of those just in St. George. Reported physical injuries occurred in about 50% of those accidents and property damages reaching nearly 80%. If an auto accident occurs it is important to know what information to gather in order to protect yourself if problems arise.
WHAT DO YOU DO AFTER THE ACCIDENT?
By law you are required to stop following the auto accident, even if it was not your fault. If your vehicle is still drive-able make sure to pull off to a safe location and call 911. It is important to exchange information with the other drivers involved in the auto accident – get as much information as possible.
Make sure to always keep your auto insurance information in the glove compartment. If possible keep an old digital camera or disposable camera in your car at all times so that you can photograph the accident scene.
Stay at the scene of the accident until police have come and gone, making sure you have the name of the officer(s) and that they have your version of what happened.
WHAT IF SOMEONE WAS INJURED?
If serious injuries have occurred call emergency services immediately. If you are advised by emergency personnel to go to the emergency room it is best to follow their advice. It is important to remember though that it may take 24-72 hours for symptoms to appear. Such symptoms may include, but are not limited to, headaches, neck pain, back pain, dizziness, numbness, and tingling. If you do not go directly to the hospital, it is always a good strategy to see your chiropractor or doctor for a checkup soon after the crash. You might be injured and not realize it right away.
If the collision was the fault of the other driver, his or her insurance policy will pay for any chiropractic or medical treatment you should require. If the other driver was uninsured your own auto insurance company will usually provide for your treatment based upon your coverage.
If your medical treatments are ever disputed by the insurance company your physician will usually continue to treat you until the dispute is settled to receive his or her fees.
What is most important is for you to get the appropriate care so that you can have a speedy recovery and not have to suffer any more than you have already been through.
If you have any questions about your insurance coverage for both medical and property please consult your insurance agent.
IS LEGAL COUNSEL NECESSARY?
Whether you need the assistance of a lawyer depends on many factors. If you have decided to seek counsel from a lawyer it is best to choose someone that has experience treating personal injury cases. You can search the local phone directory or ask your doctor for a list of recommended attorneys.
OCCUPANTS CAN SUFFER MORE THAN THEIR CAR
Auto Accident Facts:
- Many injuries take days, weeks, even months to appear
- Your auto insurance is responsible for paying medical bills
- You DON’T need health insurance to receive care
- Even minor injuries can cause permanent damage and arthritis
- You can have a serious injury from an auto accident with NO car damage
Experience and expertise are essential in helping people recover from auto accident injuries. For over a decade Dr. Troy Davis assisted patients in their recovery from auto accident injuries. He has received post-graduate training and certification in many different therapies and treatments to help you recover and return to what you love to do.