There are dozens of different types of injuries that you could suffer in a car accident. Some of them are obvious, while others will take time to develop. Since there are times when injuries take longer to develop, it is always important to go to the emergency department following a crash, even if you think you will get better on your own.

Injuries that happen right away and are obvious may include broken bones, lacerations and head injuries. Other injuries take longer to appear. These include things such as slow internal bleeds or whiplash. Most of these injuries can be identified shortly following the accident if you see a doctor.

Why is it so important to see a doctor after a crash?

Besides the fact that there are injuries to tend to, it is important to seek help following a car crash because of the documentation a hospital visit provides. You will need this for your claim and to seek compensation. It is always a good idea to have a full medical exam, mental and physical, anytime you have a traumatic incident that affects you.

What can you do at the scene to help yourself and others stay safe?

At the scene, try to keep yourself and others safe by calming down. Everyone should take a few deep breaths and try to relax. If there are injuries, then people who have them should stay where they are and await medical care. Even though people at the scene may feel angry, nervous, guilty or in shock, it is best for everyone to try to stay calm and wait for help.

Keep in mind that there is a risk to anyone at the scene of a crash following the initial collision. That risk is that another vehicle could collide with the current crash victims as a result of debris in the road or the vehicles blocking the roadway.

If it is possible, make sure that you and others at the scene move to a safe place. If someone cannot be moved, try to turn on hazard lights and make sure that the vehicles are not running. Do what you can to alert other drivers to the crash up ahead. These simple tips could save your life and the lives of others.