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Why Auto Accidents Happen and How to Avoid Getting Caught in One​

With the sheer number of car owners in the US, it's no surprise that auto accidents are an unfortunately common occurrence here. While we wish that a great bulk of these numbers were just minor crashes, the truth is far sadder and worrying than that. An average of 37000 Americans lose their lives in road-related accidents while over 2 million suffer serious injuries and disabilities annually.[1] Just last year, over 0.3 million car crashes were reported in Michigan alone out of which 1000 proved to be fatal. [2]And these numbers have only surged since 2015. You might be confident in your driving skills and how cautious you are when on the road, but you can’t say the same about other motorists - there’s always the possibility of colliding with an irresponsible driver and suffering from their negligence as a result. As such, it’s critically important to take extra measures and spot the warnings beforehand to ensure that you don’t become part of these statistics. Human ErrorOf course, the major cause of most car accidents in the US are drivers themselves. Negligent drivers not only endanger themselves but also the lives of other drivers on the road as well as nearby pedestrians. The most dangerous of these are motorists that are under the influence. Knowingly taking drugs or consuming alcohol before or while driving is a serious offense as one deliberately impairs oneself from driving properly.Reckless driving on the other hand isn’t entirely illegal depending on the circumstances, but could potentially result in accidents. Switching lanes suddenly and without lighting the correct indicator, driving in the wrong direction in a one-way lane, making illegal turns, speeding and running red lights are all setups for a huge disaster. Their rough driving is however easy to identify and can be avoided if you keep a safe distance or use an alternative route. Distracted drivers however can be a little tougher to spot. Once again, maintain your distance and see if the other car is swaying or is slowing down and speeding up at random intervals. Chances are, someone is busy texting on their phone and might swing their car into yours if you drive close past them. Manufacturing DefectsWhile failed brakes might be a nightmare especially on a highway, you can always prevent any faults or breakdowns in your car by doing regular maintenance checks and doing all repairs and replacements as soon as the need arrives. Weather ConditionsWhen the going gets tough, better to sit it out in this case. Bad weather, especially during heavy rainfall or snow, creates treacherous conditions that can potentially result in disastrous auto accidents such as slippery roads and poor visibility. Drive slowly with your hazard lights on or pull over until the weather starts to clear up. Try your best to avoid travelling when there’s dust storm or thick fog. Road conditionsBad roads are always a site for disaster - running over potholes cause serious damage to your car’s suspension which is why drivers tend to drive around them. However, they might also unintentionally swerve into another car or tip over if skirting potholes at high speeds. Go slow where the road is bad, and the same goes for construction zones. You might end up with flat tires or run into scaffolding if you don’t go slow and pay attention to the signs posted in construction areas. If you’ve had the unfortunate luck of getting caught in a car crash, US Rehabilitation & Health Services is the ideal place for your post-accident care needs. Get expert medical treatment from our specialist doctors and physiotherapists, and glide through the legal paperwork with our affiliated lawyers. Contact us today for a free consultation.  [1] http://asirt.org/initiatives/informing-road-users/road-safety-facts/road-crash-statistics[2] http://www.michigan.gov/documents/msp/2016_YE_Report_568742_7.pdf​

How to Handle Auto Accidents: A Practical Guide to Overcoming the Mayhem​

You might be a responsible driver, but that doesn’t hold true for every other motorist on the road. Auto accidents can become extremely harrowing if you don’t know what to do. We put together this helpful guide on the dos and don’ts of getting caught in car crashes. Be prepared for a crashAn emergency road kit can make the difference between being completely stranded for several hours and getting back on your way within a few minutes. A kit generally contains essentials such as tools, reflective triangles, seat belt cutters, steering locks and jumper cables but you can customise it to include other important items such as blankets, energy bars, drinking water and a first aid kit. Before heading out for a drive, remember to check that your license and registration papers are in your glove box, and that you have a spare tire. Moreover, installing a dash cam can really help you out when filing an auto insurance claim after the accident. When in an accidentSafety is always the first priority when in auto accidents. Check for any injuries and once you’ve established that everyone is safe, turn on the emergency lights of your car and move to a safe location. If your car can be safely driven, move it to the side to avoid blocking traffic. If your car was totalled, make it visible by setting up reflective triangles and keeping the lights on so that oncoming drivers can easily avoid the crash site. If you’re suspicious that your vehicle is unsafe, cut the lights as well as the engine before setting up reflective triangles and moving a safe distance away from the vehicle. It’s best not to struggle and try to exit the car when you’re severely wounded as you might unknowingly make the injuries worse. Try your best to keep calm and call an ambulance. Once you’ve made sure you and anyone with you is in a safe spot, dial for the police and medics, as well as a fire brigade if your car has or is about to catch fire. Even if you see no clear signs of injury, you should call for an ambulance anyway as someone might have sustained internal damage or may be in shock. Do not attempt to tend to serious wounds yourself as you can accidentally exacerbate the situation. After the accidentInform your insurance provider that you’ve been in a motor accident as soon as possible and refer to an attorney to help you file a claim. Your dash cam footage as well as witness details from the police report can strengthen your case, so remember to have the video and a copy of the report ready on hand. If you need excellent medical care for your post-accident injuries, then check in with US Rehabilitation and Health Services. Our team of professionals are trained to return car accident victims to optimum health, and through our network of affiliated lawyers we also offer professional legal guidance. Contact us today for a free consultation. ​

Recovering from an accident injury: finding an auto accident chiropractor and physical therapist near you​

Recovery is nigh, with the right help!Even though recovery is possible from many accident injuries, a considerable proportion of concealed injuries tend to linger on and result in chronic pains. Such injuries can also cause chronic impairments that last for life and lead to further medical examinations, treatments, increased healthcare costs, vexatious litigation and disability claims.An auto accident chiropractor and a physical therapist can work independently as well, but the treatment often yields better results for patients when both work in conjunction to provide customized therapy. A car accident chiropractor in specific, and chiropractic service in general, is differentiated with regards to the expertise in spinal manipulation and the musculoskeletal system. While chiropractic alignment improves the nervous system functions, including spinal cord and brain function, it also translates into a strengthening of the overall bodily function, movement and balance. All of which are necessary in restoring life to its fullest so you can live it up actively with your loved ones. Helping you move freely and live well: Physical therapy and more! Physical therapy, on the other hand, focuses more broadly on the body and uses techniques such as muscle stretching, strength training, posture adjustment and other natural recovery modalities that provide permanent recovery.  In a similar vein, occupational therapy helps patients by relieving stress from daily activities, for instance, by suggesting work/home environment changes that can help them recover faster. Massage therapy is another remedy that is highly beneficial for accident injuries as it helps reduce muscle spasms, stimulates tissue healing, softens stiff scar tissue, increases flexibility, lowers anxiety and helps release the “happy” hormones (i.e. Endorphins and Serotonin).The aforementioned therapeutic techniques vary in terms of their focus, but have a few things in common. These are all non-invasive methods, unlike surgery, that foster natural recovery processes. Applied correctly by trained professionals (specific to the patient condition) they offer long term relief from pain. When should I seek help to avoid impairment?Well, the best answer is immediately after the accident, or as soon as possible. It is imperative that you undergo a complete physical examination that assesses neurological and musculoskeletal systems. Such tests assist in ruling out the suspected sources of pain, for example nerve injuries, fractures, whiplash, etc. and also help recommend further investigations, if required.It is also important to refer to an auto accident chiropractor at your earliest convenience. The book “Motor Vehicle Collisions: Medical, Psychosocial, and Legal Consequences”, summarizes these necessary steps for a patient’s initial visit. Looking for relief, remedy and recovery? Contact us now!​

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