3 million people in the United States are injured every year in auto accidents. Around 2 million of the resulted injuries are permanent. If you are involved in an auto accident, no matter the severity of the accident, medical attention should be sought.
High Level Severity
Auto accidents, such as head-on collisions and intersection collisions, are often the most severe types of auto accidents. Especially when occurring at high speeds, medical attention will be needed immediately for all parties involved. It may be necessary for an on-looker to call 911 if none of the parties involved are in a condition to access and call the paramedics themselves.
Low Level Severity
In low level severity accidents, such as when one is rear-ended, a call to 911 may not be required. However, seeking medical attention is still recommended if there are any signs of a possible injury. Even if you think you're fine, a check-up with your regular physician should be made to ensure no internal injuries are missed. Often, after an accident your body is filled with adrenaline, tricking your body into feeling no pain. Side effects and pain of the accident may not be truly felt until the next day.
Filing Your Claim
Not only is medical attention important to your health, but it is important to your claim. A medical evaluation is highly recommended when negotiating a settlement with the insurance company after an auto accident. A medical evaluation will help you get the amount you deserve in your settlement to cover the costs of both property damage and any medical tests or treatment needed. If you delay seeking medical attention, insurance companies will argue that your injuries are not severe and it could be used against you. Therefore, you should see a medical professional within three days of your accident, although sooner is always better.