What to do After an Auto Accident?

Emotions may get in the way of clear thinking after traumatic events, such as an auto accident. There are many steps to take after you take call the police, pictures, and exchange information with those involved. So, take these necessary steps to make sure you protect yourself in such an unfortunate event.

1. Talk to Your Insurance Company

Tell your insurance company what happened and give them as many details as you can. It's ok to be honest and it's recommended because if they find out you lied to them, you could get in serious trouble to the point that you may not even receive coverage. It's also important to go over the police report if it exists to see who was at fault.

2. Get Free Treatment

In Utah, auto insurance policies are required to cover up to $3,000 in personal injury protection (PIP). You may have purchased more PIP coverage, but this is the minimum. Therefore, you can make claim this money to treat your injuries even if you think they're minor. Chiropractic care is a great option to treat those injuries because it's not invasive and it's hassle-free. At Apex Spinal in West Valley, we even provide an "Accident Recovery Kit" to those who claim PIP.

3. Obtain a Property Damage Valuation

Get your insurance company's damage valutation. You can get multiple estimates on your car repairs so you can make sure your insurance adjuster is getting a correct valuation. If you and your insurance company can't come to an agreement with the valuation, it may be a good idea to consult a Lawyer or other form of mediation.

4. Consider Hiring an Attorney

Don't be afraid to hire an attorney as long as they work based on contingency fees. This means that your lawyer gets paid only if you receive some kind of compensation or monetary reward in your case. A Lawyer can help you receive as many benefits to your recovery as you can get or help better defend you if you were at fault.

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Accident Recovery Kit

Memory Foam Pillow

Memory Foam Pillow

A cervical support pillow will aid in your recovery from the stress your muscles and body went through even when you're not at the Chiropractor. It can help alleviate headaches and neck pain as well as helping you get better sleep.

Gel Ice Pack

High Quality Gel Ice Pack

This ice pack stays cold for the medically recommended time of 20 minutes. It will help reduce inflammation as well as soothe pain. You may wish to chill it in the refrigerator rather than the freezer if you don't want it too cold. This is a great tool to have at home that you can do yourself: Apply the pack to the sore area for 20 minutes and then remove it for 20 minutes before applying again.

Biofreeze Professional Gel

Biofreeze Pain Relieving Gel

This fast-acting cold therapy treatment begins to soothe your muscles immediately after applying and it lasts a long time. This is a great way of relieving pain in large or small muscle areas.