In a Car Accident, Now What?
Augustine Chiropractic of Wesley Chapel is here to help!
First Things First
Move away from oncoming traffic, but don't go far. Do not leave the scene of the crash until police arrive.
Stay Calm and Be Smart
Ambulances and emergency rooms are appropriate for serious or life-threatening situations such as head traume, loss of consciousness, bleeding and broken bones. Call 911 if necessary. The ER is NOT appropriate for sprains, bumps or bruises. Use common sense. Don't argue or apologize. Do not blame or accept blame.
Call the Police
Hillsborough County Sherriff (813) 247-8200
Tampa Police (813) 231-6130
Pasco County Sherriff (727) 847-5878
IF There IS an Emergency, call 9-1-1
Get the names, addresses, phone numbers, insurance policy information, drivers license numbers & license plate numbers of the other driver(s).
User your phone's camera to take pictures of the cars involved in the crash.
CALL DR. AUGUSTINE
Day or Night - Advise/Guidance
WHY CALL DR. AUGUSTINE?
You should talk with an EXPERT. With over 29 years experience in helping accident victims, he can advise you what to do first. Car crashes are traumatic. Maybe you need immediate attention and maybe it can wait. Maybe you need an attorney and maybe you don't. We are specialists in evaluating and treating connective tissue injuries (injuries to muscle, tendon, ligaments, nerves, discs and joints). If you require the atention of a different kind of specialist, we can recommend quality orthopedists, neurologists, diagnostic facilities and MRI centers who will work with your insurance.
Know the Law
Florida-No-Fault law provides for coverage of your medical bills under your auto policy regardless of who is at fault. Even if you don't think you're injured, it is wise to be checked out. Many injuires don't exhibit symptoms until weeks or months later. if you do not initiate care with a chiropractor, a walk-in clinic, an ER or your primary physician within 14 days, you forfeit ALL rights to any coverage. If we determine that you have no injuries, then all you lose is 40 minutes of your time. It is better to be safe than sorry. Many people fail to get checked within 14 days and later realize they are hurt. At that point, it is too late and they wind upresponsible for the bills.
Notify Your Insurance Company
Call your insurer to report your accident. Do not answer any questions on whether or not you are injured until you are examined and evaluated by an expert.