Surviving a Colorado car accident often starts with the things you do BEFORE the accident ever occurs. Basic safety tips and good driving can go a long way towards preventing a serious or fatal car accident. In order to avoid catastrophic accidents, follow these basic safety tips:
- Never drink and drive or ride with someone who has
- Always wear a motorcycle helmet
- Always wear your seat belt
- Purchase a car with up-to-date safety features
- Never drive with worn or bald tires
- Perform routine vehicle maintenance
- NEVER use your cell phone while driving
- Avoid driving distractions and keep your eyes on the road at all times
- Place children in appropriate child seats with 5 point safety restraints
- Avoid aggressive driving and aggressive drivers
Receiving Crucial Medical Care Following a Colorado Car Accident
Surviving a car accident is not always in your control. Serious and often fatal injuries can occur—even when you do everything right. Yet sometimes, what you do immediately following the car accident can have a tremendous impact on your recovery. For example, failing to recognize that you have sustained a traumatic brain injury could have fatal consequences.
When you are involved in a car collision, your body is flooded with adrenaline. This adrenaline can convince you that you have no serious injuries, causing you to initially refuse medical treatment. No matter how minor your accident seems, obtaining medical treatment following your accident is crucial. Your body may be responding to pain signals and the stress caused by the accident by producing endorphins. Endorphins are like morphine in nature, joining the adrenaline in your system to mask the pain until your body and mind have a chance to recover from the stress of the accident.
Many people say they felt no pain at the scene of the accident; therefore, they refused medical treatment. Yet, days and even weeks following the accident, it was an entirely different story. It can, and does, take several hours, days or even a week after a car collision occurs for some injuries and serious levels of discomfort to fully register. Because of this, it is especially important that you get proper medical attention following your accident. If your doctor diagnoses an injury, it is equally important you continue your doctor's stated course of treatment until released.
Obviously, your doctor is in the best position to determine the seriousness of your injuries as well as to prescribe the correct treatment. Just as important, your medical records are the very best way to document and verify both the nature and the extent of your injuries. Should you later file an accident injury claim, these records can be invaluable. Review your medical records carefully for any potential discrepancies or inconsistencies, paying particular attention to anything which details prior medical issues. As an example, it can be difficult to prove your car collision caused your neck pain if your doctor states in your medical records that you have a history of neck pain.
Contact Our Denver Car Accident Attorneys
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, it is important to have an experienced Denver car accident attorney on your side from the very start. Our law firm has the experience and resources need to fight aggressively for your rights - call us today!