If you have ever been in a car accident, usually the advisory is to collect insurance information of the person that you collided with no matter how minor the accident was. Even low-speed impacts are something that should not be overlooked according to standard protocol. The DMV advises that you also check in with your doctor after an automobile accident and log the injury in a medical diary. Most of the DMV’s countermeasures will work; however most will refrain from most of these precautions if they are healthy and the accident was at a low-speed.
A kept medical diary is unlikely for someone who does not have any outstanding health issues and it assumes too much of the average person; however, collecting insurance information is something that everyone should do regardless of the severity of impact. The primary reason why a person who has been in an auto accident should visit their physician is primarily to let them know that you have been in an accident, so if you feel neck pains later during the week he or she will know to expect whiplash.
Whiplash is the most common injury from both low and high speed auto accidents and usually the effects of the injury are not apparent until some time after the accident. If you remembered to exchange insurance information after the auto accident then you would be in a good position considering how most insurance companies will foot the bill for the physical therapist if you have sufficient proof that you have been involved in an auto accident.
On Long Island, United Rehab has four locations and has coverage for injuries sustained through no fault car accidents. The DMV may have an extensive list of protocols regarding low speed car accidents, but if you were to remember any one piece of their advice make sure you remember to collect insurance information.