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While it’s still sunny and warm in most places, winter will arrive faster than we can imagine. Snow season means an increase in ice-and-storm-related car accidents and painful injuries. We’ve put together some tips to help you remain safe on the roadways and to be better prepared if you do get involved in a winter wreck.
Here are some recommendations to avoid winter accidents or be better prepared if you are involved in one:
Auto accidents do happen, even to the best drivers. There are several steps to follow after an accident occurs.
If you are involved in an accident, check yourself and others for injuries, and call 911 if necessary. Move the cars to the side of the road to avoid a second accident. You will also need to exchange information with others involved.
When first responders arrive, recount all the details of the accident for them. Start a note on your phone, recording the time that the accident happened, the conditions of others, and damage to any vehicles. It is also important to take photos of the roadway and cars and note the road and weather conditions while the information is fresh in your mind. Write down any details about what was happening before and during the accident, so you can refer to the info later.
Seek medical attention soon after the crash. Symptoms sometimes don’t show up right away, and doctors who specialize in pain treatment can diagnose your injuries and help you recover faster. Be sure to tell your doctor about any back, neck, or joint pain, as well as any head injuries you suffer in a crash.
There are many concerns after an auto accident, including head injuries. Excelsia Injury Care has a neurologist on staff to focus specifically on brain trauma and other head injuries, and this expertise has helped many patients recover and get pain relief after a car crash. If you have suffered a car accident, let our pain management physicians help you on your road to recovery.