According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, rear-end collisions account for about 29% of all vehicle accidents resulting in severe injury.
As the victim of a minor crash, you may feel OK generally, but a visit to your doctor is essential for two good reasons.
Your body reacts
The human body is not equipped to handle the violent impact of a car crash, even the jolt of a rear-end collision. It, therefore, reacts by releasing adrenalin, which can hide pain and injury temporarily. You might not experience any symptoms for hours if not days after the collision, so, prompt medical attention is a top priority in case there are underlying injuries.
An essential medical report
If there are underlying injuries, your doctor can begin immediate treatment that will also be beneficial in heading off any future complications. The doctor will write a medical report that includes your diagnosis and treatment recommendations and that ties your injuries directly to the vehicle crash. The report will be an important addition to your claim when the time comes for you to file for financial compensation. Insurance companies follow certain rules for reviewing claims and there should be no question as to the cause of your injuries or how quickly you sought medical help.
Help from an advocate
Insurance companies are mostly interested in their bottom line. So, while you focus on recovering from your injury, your advocate can focus on negotiating with the insurer on your behalf. As the victim of a vehicle crash, you can expect to receive maximum compensation to cover your medical expenses, lost wages and more.