Florida roadways can be highly dangerous places. Whether you frequent them in your daily commute to and from work or consider yourself more of an occasional driver, your safety behind the wheel not only hinges on your own adherence to traffic laws and safety regulations but other drivers’ behavior as well. That can be problematic, especially because you have no way of knowing what a specific driver is going to do.
Many drivers are negligent or reckless at the wheel, which places you at great risk for injury if you happen to be sharing a roadway with one of them. If a collision occurs, you may be at risk for any number of injuries, including several that may be life-threatening. This is why it’s always best to seek medical treatment in a timely manner.
Lack of medical treatment may lead to worsened condition
It’s a fact that some injuries may remain hidden unless you have an x-ray or CT scan, or a licensed physician performs a medical examination and discovers symptoms of underlying injury. This is why, even if you don’t believe you have suffered severe injuries in a collision, it’s best to seek medical treatment anyway in case you have internal injuries that aren’t immediately apparent. The following list shows common injuries that result from motor vehicle collisions — some that are more apparent than others, as well as why it’s always best to seek medical treatment in a timely manner:
- Bruises, lacerations and swelling may occur from blunt force trauma and are often visible right away.
- If you have a concussion or other type of brain trauma, you might still be coherent after a crash and unaware of your injury unless you have certain medical tests, such as a CT scan.
- Seeking medical treatment helps identify whiplash, which is a term referring to numerous symptoms involving your neck, back, shoulders or other upper-body areas.
- If you have an undiagnosed internal injury because you have declined medical treatment, your condition may worsen or, in some cases, become life-threatening.
- An ER doctor can provide information about monitoring your condition that will be helpful in the days and weeks that follow the collision.
- Medical treatment creates written documentation of the collision that resulted in your injuries, which is helpful for many reasons, such as filing insurance or personal injury claims, or reporting an injury to an employer.
If the blunt force impact of a collision leaves you unconscious or unable to speak on your own behalf, rescuers will undoubtedly transport you to the nearest emergency room or trauma center equipped to handle your condition. If the decision to seek medical care is up to you, it’s important to remember the issues mentioned earlier that show why doing so is always better than declining treatment.