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4 questions to ask your doctor after a car accident

If you think there are more drivers than ever on metro-area roadways, you are correct. About 80,000 people move to Colorado every single year. With more drivers on already crowded roadways comes a greater risk of an automobile accident. Eventually, you may find yourself in either a minor or serious collision. 

Motor vehicle accidents often cause serious injuries. As such, even if you think you feel fine after a wreck, you should seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Talking to doctors, though, can be intimidating. Still, if you do not communicate effectively, you may receive an incorrect diagnosis. You may also not know how to recover from your injuries. Here are four questions to ask your physician after a car accident: 

How to know if you have whiplash after a car accident

Whiplash can occur in a variety of ways. However, most people experience it after a car accident. Ford recently issued a recall for 1.5 million F-150 pickup trucks due to a transmission issue that can cause the vehicles to lurch forward when downshifting. This can lead to whiplash. 

Whiplash occurs when a person's head violently jerks forward and then backward. In the minutes after the collision, you may not realize your head or neck is in any pain due to the rush of adrenaline. It could take several days to realize something is wrong. That is why you need to see a doctor right away and remain vigilant of common whiplash symptoms. 

3 common mistakes to avoid after a car crash

It is vital to realize no car accident case is simple. Even a minor two-car crash, such as what transpired at Boulder Canyon on January 14, can lead to lane closures and injuries. 

There is a lot you need to do after a motor vehicle accident. However, there is also much you need to avoid. The wrong actions can harm your claim, so you need to be careful you do not do any of the following. 

Manufacturer knew baby powder contained cancer-causing substance

Many have long suspected that a link exists between baby powder and cancer, with thousands of women coming forward over the years to assert that they developed cancer after prolonged use of the product. Now, a recent investigation has revealed that the manufacturer of the talc powder in question not only knew about its risks and neglected to inform its consumers, but also had knowledge of them for quite some time.

USA Today details the story of a recent Reuters investigation that revealed that doctors, company executives and others working for the product manufacturer were aware of a link between talc powder and asbestos since 1972 or even earlier. Despite having this knowledge that their product showed traces of asbestos, company executives failed to alert the public about the possible risks associated with long-term use, and now, thousands of users have filed suit against the product maker.

Avoid these 3 mistakes after a car accident

Car accidents are serious. Even if they do not result in any injuries or deaths, they can impact people's lives significantly. In one recent accident, 20 cars piled up, forcing roadways to close temporarily. Only minor injuries occurred from this instance. 

Auto accidents are dangerous, and you need to protect yourself and your finances immediately after. Part of this involves avoiding common mistakes many Colorado drivers make after car collisions. Here are some of the most common missteps you need to avoid at all costs. 

What to do after a car accident in the winter

Getting in a motor vehicle accident is a stressful and confusing circumstance no matter what, but extreme weather exacerbates the situation. If you are in a car crash in the middle of the freezing winter, you have unique concerns. First, it is ideal to keep a winter emergency kit in your vehicle, including these items:

  • Windshield scraper
  • Gloves
  • Blankets
  • Road flares
  • Flashlight
  • Cell phone charger
  • Notepad with a pen or pencil
  • Cat litter or safety absorbent
  • Portable shovel
  • Gloves
  • Beanie

If you store these items in your vehicle, you will be much readier to handle the aftermath of a collision. Here is what to do if you get into a wintertime wreck.

Can a “surprise” medical bill lead to a lien on your home?

Imagine this: You suffer a serious injury in a car crash, slip-and-fall accident or another event, and you visit your local hospital for treatment because you know the particular medical facility is in your insurance network. In the months to come, however, you find out you owe so much in medical bills from your visit that authorities have placed a lien against your home.

It may sound crazy, but apparently, it is an increasingly common occurrence across Colorado. To date, more than 170 homeowners across metropolitan Denver have had liens placed against their homes. Here is how it keeps happening.

Top 5 things to do after a car crash

When you become involved in a Colorado car crash, your first reactions likely are shock and surprise, both of which may cause you to think unclearly. Try to get your thoughts together as quickly as possible, however. Why? Because the decisions you make immediately after your crash and the actions you take can affect you and your family for a long time to come.

Most importantly, stay at the scene until law enforcement arrives and tells you that you can leave. If you leave too soon, you face the possibility of officers charging you with leaving the scene of an accident or even with hit-and-run. While there, here are the top five things you should do.

Car crashes and mild TBI

Traumatic brain injury typically occurs after a head trauma. Head injuries can happen due to all sorts of accidents, including falls and vehicle collisions. In the case of a car crash, TBI may be present even without a visible head injury, as the high-impact stop can cause your brain to collide with the inside of your skull.

Mild TBI often does not make its presence known immediately. You will likely not receive a diagnosis during your emergency room visit; in fact, many people only receive a diagnosis several weeks or months after their accident. This is just one reason not to accept cash at the scene and to avoid settling too quickly.

3 alternatives to texting and driving

Texting while driving is much like smoking: Its dangers are well-known and it causes many deaths every year, yet people still continue to do it. It may seem like no big deal to look away from the road for a split second and respond to a text message, but in reality, this small action can have monumental consequences for yourself and the rest of the drivers on the road. 

There are several ways to avoid the dangers of texting and driving, including using safer methods of communication. Consider the following alternatives to texting and driving that can reduce the likelihood of car accidents and keep everybody on the road safer. 

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