While wearing a seat belt can save your life, there’s no guarantee that you will be completely scratch-free after an auto collision. Seat belts are made to keep you in your seat so you don’t get ejected during an accident. As a result, the rigid strength of the belt restraining you in the car may cause injuries on its own. When you or your driver makes a sudden stop, the speed from the car causes you to hit the seat belt with significant force. That force saves your life, but can leave you with bruises, scrapes and fractures that will need to be treated right away.
From legal issues to car damage, car accidents cause a lot of chaos for those involved. Such a situation can easily create a sense of panic, while the surge of adrenaline that comes from being in danger can distort your view for how to appropriately move forward after the event.
Even through the excitement of the accident, the state of your own health should always be your number one priority and concern.
The short and long-term consequences for not receiving immediate medical attention can be significant and range from chronic back pain to paralysis.
So while you may feel like you are physically fine after going through a car accident, consider the following reasons to visit a chiropractor: