There is no question our roadways in Florida are more crowded than ever before. Adding in the seemingly random bouts of summer rains along with that traffic, and you have a recipe for a motor vehicle collision. In fact, according to Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were over 400,000 crashes reported last year which resulted in 254,484 injuries just in the state of Florida. Important to note is that not everyone reports their accidents or injuries, so it is likely that these numbers are higher.
Injury sustained in a motor vehicle collision depends on a variety of factors, such as position within the car, impact site, speed, road conditions, safety mechanisms, etc. The extent of injuries can be minor to debilitating. Often times pain is not immediately felt due to a period of shock and adrenaline. Pain symptoms can even become apparent as late as a week or more following a car accident.
In the state of Florida, you have a window of 14 days following the accident to be examined by a physician, which includes chiropractors. Outside of that window you can potentially forfeit your rights to the medical benefits you pay for as a subscriber on your monthly automobile insurance policy premium. Therefore, it is extremely important to be examined by a qualified physician immediately after a motor vehicle collision to ensure you are covered for any medical treatment you may need going forward. In the event that you are involved in car accident please do not hesitate to call us so we can schedule your consultation. We have two convenient locations in Clearwater and Seminole.
For further Florida automobile crash statistics broken down by year visit the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles website at: https://www.flhsmv.gov/resources/crash-citation-reports/