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By W. Robert Howell from Charlotte, NC, United States (still here.) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The City and Community of Arvada website has a great resource for Arvada residents that have been in a car accident. And with the weather already starting to change – including heavy rain and hail – and what looks to be a possibly heavy snow season this may be something you should bookmark… Just in case.

I’ve been treating Arvada residents that have been injured in auto accidents for over 14 years. Most are overwhelmed by not only their injuries but by how much they have to deal with after the accident.

So I’m going to provide some tips about the tips – to give you a better understanding of WHY the tips are valuable and important.

First open the page Ask Arvada – Accident – What To Do

Check out each tip one by one and refer to this blog post for explanations.

Tip #1: Just knowing what to do (i.e. having read the tips) will go a long way towards helping you keep calm. So by reading this list you’ve already taken a crucial step (good job!).

Tip #2: Assess the situation for you and everyone else in the car. If you or anyone appears to be injured enough that moving them is either not possible or you deem to be a bad idea (i.e. they are not conscious, they are in severe pain, they are disoriented) – stay in the car. If staying in the car poses a risk then make the best decision you can given the facts of the situation.

Tips #3 and 4: If you are able to – call the police (or dial 911) and wait for them to arrive. This will allow them and any medical personnel to assist those in need as well as to properly document the accident.

Tip #5: If there are any witnesses – collect their names and phone numbers. If you have a cell phone or device that can take pictures then take pictures of both vehicles (from many angles as indicated by the damage) and of the location (i.e. street signs and traffic lights or stop signs).

Tip #6: This one is self-explanatory

Tips #7 and 8: These tips are very important… Many people say “I’m fine” and refuse an ambulance. Many of my patients tell me that they just wanted to go home. They say that the adrenaline from the accident masked how they really felt but once the adrenaline wore off they found out how injured they really were. And they tell me that they wish they had gone to get checked out.┬áMy advice is that if you are injured – go get checked out right away. Next follow up with your doctor and seek the appropriate care.

If you find yourself in need of physical therapy then give my office a call. I can also help you decide whether or not you might be best served by seeking to retain an attorney. I’ve worked with over 100 attorneys in the metro-Denver area and can help you choose the best one for you (and one that’s close to or in Arvada if that’s your preference).

About 

David Berman is a nationally recognized and highly sought after expert and educator in outpatient physical therapy. He currently practices in Arvada, CO.