A board-certified emergency medicine physician in Los Angeles, Zachary Lutsky, MD, has been an attending physician at such institutions as Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. As such at Cedars-Sinai, Dr. Zachary Lutsky practiced at a level 1 trauma center and handled car accident-related injuries and other emergencies.
Car accidents occur for various reasons, ranging from texting and driving to changing the radio station. Whenever you get into a car accident, your adrenaline, anxiety, and/or tension levels will be high. This can mask certain injuries, so it’s important that you get your emotions under control after such accidents. Remain as calm as possible while self-assessing your injuries as well as you can. Don’t assume that you aren’t injured just because your car experienced little damage and the accident was otherwise minor. Regardless of how much damage your vehicle incurs, you can still sustain serious injuries.
For any noticeable injuries, like uncontrollable bleeding, severe trauma, or broken bones, always visit the emergency room for medical treatment. Although you may not feel such injuries because of the adrenaline spikes that are common after an accident, you will probably be able to see them. Other issues, such as breathing problems or neck pain, also require emergency attention.
If you neither feel pain nor see injuries, you may be able to wait to receive medical care through either urgent care or an appointment with your primary care physician. However, it remains essential that you get medical care at some point, even if you feel fine for several days. This is important for diagnosing and treating injuries that resulted from your accident but whose symptoms may not be immediately apparent.