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What to do if you are injured in a car accident

Most motorists know there are factors that can increase the likelihood of them being involved in car accidents. Patch.com states that in 2015, 958 people died in car accidents in Tennessee. Many more people sustained injuries. There are driving tactics that you can use to reduce your risk of collision. It is a good idea for you to learn what you should do if you are injured in an accident. 

You should never assume you will end up unscathed and with very little property damage. There is always the possibility that you may become injured. Take a few moments to review the following suggestions on how to handle your injuries after a motor vehicle collision. 

If you seem fine, do not discount the fact that you may have injuries. According to FindLaw, some “car accident injuries may not present symptoms until later.” It may be several days to weeks before you notice your soreness is more severe than you originally thought. Make an appointment to see your doctor and explain to them you were recently in a car accident and would like to be checked. Be sure to inform them about any pain or discomfort you have been experiencing since the event so they can perform the appropriate tests to rule out hidden trauma. 

If you feel unable to go to work after a car accident, inform your boss. Most employers are sympathetic towards accident victims and are willing to give them time off to recover. If you need more time off than your job can immediately provide or your employer requires documentation, ask your doctor to provide it for you.

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