Frequently Asked Questions About Injuries After a Car Accident
After a car accident, how long do I have to see a doctor?
If you have been seriously injured, you should see a doctor as soon as possible after a car accident to receive a proper medical evaluation. Ideally, you should see a doctor within the first three days following an accident. It’s important to make sure your injuries are treated—and you have sufficient medical documentation of your injuries. It is also important to note that the statute of limitations in Alabama following a car accident is two years.
After a car accident, will some injuries take time to show up?
The body typically generates high levels of adrenaline and endorphins after you have been involved in a car accident. This can increase your energy level, which can often mask the pain of an injury quite easily. As a result, you may not experience any pain or impairment from injuries you have suffered until endorphin and adrenaline levels return to normal. This can frequently prevent you from noticing symptoms right away.
What common injuries result from car accidents?
Car accidents can result in injuries which can range in severity from minor to fatal. Common injuries in car accidents include whiplash, broken ribs and blunt-force trauma. More severe injuries can involve trauma to the back and head—including herniated disks, skull fracture, concussion, nerve damage, spinal cord damage and traumatic brain injury.
What are the odds of a fatal car accident in Alabama?
Car accidents are a leading cause of personal injury in the U.S. In 2016, authorities in Alabama reported a traffic crash every 202 seconds. Alabama drivers have a greater than one-in-three chance of being involved in a serious car accident that could result in injury or death in their lifetime. According to the National Safety Council, the odds of an individual being killed in a car accident is 1-in-88.