I just got rear ended; what should I do?

Auto accident scene where a blue car rear ended a black hatchback car.
Getting rear ended can be a traumatic experience that can cause serious injuries. If you have been rear-ended, you first need to contact your insurance company and prove that the auto accident happened because of the other party's negligence.

As the insurance coverage will depend on the parties' fault, you will likely get more coverage for your financial loss when the other party is to blame.

In this article, we will cover the necessary steps to take if you get rear ended.

Call your insurance company.

Report The Accident

An auto accident can make you feel disoriented. While you might be overwhelmed with shock or injuries from the accident, you need to contact your insurance company immediately. Most insurance companies would require you to report the accident within a reasonable time. You must notify the local police or the sheriff's office within 24 hours of the accident. This holds true even when you get away with only a fender bender from the accident. The police would investigate the incident, document the record of what happened, and file the police report. You must be mindful of what you communicate with your insurance company to get the maximum insurance coverage. Here are some tips to follow while contacting your insurance company:
  • Do not assume blame for the accident, even when you think the accident could be your fault, as that may reduce your insurance coverage.
  • Your insurance company can record your call for evidence purposes. Let them do so, as refusing would make them think you are hiding the facts.
  • Don't mention having whiplash, as it might make them suspicious if you are telling the truth.
  • Don't negate or minimize your injuries, as you might have hidden traumas and injuries that need future treatments.

Exchange Insurance Information

To ensure you have the accident details, you must gather all the relevant information from the involved parties to create your own file. The collected evidence can reduce your blame and improve your insurance coverage. The information you need to collect are:
  • Full name, address, and contact number of all the involved parties, including the driver, passengers, and other witnesses
  • Details of the insurance provider of the involved driver and the passengers
  • Driver's license of the involved driver and passengers
  • Date and time of the accident
  • Make, models, and colors of the involved vehicles
  • The license plate number of the cars involved

Gather any Witness Contact Information

To make a detailed report of the accident, you need to gather the name, address, and contact details of any witness available at the accident site who can strengthen your case and maximize your insurance coverage.

Take Pictures of the Vehicles

To get the maximum insurance coverage, you need to record the extent of the car damage. It is best to take pictures of the vehicle at the accident site to help the insurance company estimate the damage appropriately.

Rear-end collisions can cause damage that is often not noticeable immediately. While taking pictures, give special attention to the following:

  • Trunk and bumper damage
  • Frame damage
  • Electrical and transmission damage
  • Alignment issues that may have resulted due to the collision

Contact Accident Care Chiropractic

Getting rear-ended can cause sudden impact injuries that can be immediate, like a sore neck or headache, or they can become apparent with time. 

As some injuries may not become apparent in days, months, or years after the accident, it is essential to contact a premium accident care chiropractor to asses the injury impact and start a treatment plan that is right for you.

Accident Care Chiropractic has a team of specialists who are well-equipped to deal with the traumas and injuries that arise specifically from auto accidents.

Getting in touch with our specialist can speed up your recovery process.

Receive A Custom Treatment Plan

In auto accidents, you might get some visible injuries. At the same time, you might suffer from shock, mental trauma, and other symptoms of injury and pain that resurface after months following the car accident.

To heal the injuries, you can try chiropractic services that can heal your entire body in a non-invasive manner without resorting to medication having serious side effects or going through surgical procedures.

With accident care chiropractic, you can receive a customized treatment plan to address your injuries from a rear-ending accident.

Get Chiropractic Treatments

Our specialists will conduct a series of X-rays, MRIs, and lab tests to measure your muscle strength and neurological integrity to create a customized treatment plan for you.

We offer chiropractic treatments involving spinal adjustments and manipulation techniques to provide long-term pain relief.

Get Massage Therapy And Acupuncture

If you are suffering from muscle and joint pain following a car accident, our specialist chiropractors can perform various treatments involving massage therapy to relieve pain and discomfort and help you move past the physical injury and emotional trauma following the accident.

Our chiropractic specialists can perform acupuncture on strategic pressure points to help heal the pain and discomfort without resorting to invasive surgical procedures.

Finish Recovery With Physical Therapy

Finally, our highly qualified chiropractors can create a recovery plan with physical therapy. It involves light stretching exercises and techniques like hot and cold therapies to help you overcome the pain and discomfort from the accident and regain muscle and bone strength.

You can avail of electrical stimulation therapy, where low-frequency electric currents stimulate the injured muscle and nerves, speeding up the recovery process.

With Accident Care Chiropractic specialists helping you with the insurance claim procedure, you can finally concentrate on your recovery and get back into shape in no time.

If you got rear-ended and experienced an auto injury, feel free to contact us to schedule a consultation!

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