Chiropractor warns against distracted driving because it can cause serious injuries including chronic lower back pain and, neck pain. The injuries from a distracted driving accident can often be more severe because the body has little or no time to prepare for the impact. If you are the victim of a distracted driver seek medical attention right away.
DISTRACTED DRIVING CAN BE SUBTLE BUT VERY DANGEROUS
Imagine this scenario: It’s 7:30 am and you just woke up. You realize that have 30 only minutes to get to work. In the midst of rushing to get ready and you realize you are going to be late. You get in your car and start driving when you think to yourself, “I better text my boss and let them know I am running late.” So you reach for your phone and start to message them-it will just take a second. But in that second you run a stop sign and drive right into an unsuspecting driver just as they cross the same intersection. They had the right of way and you would have stopped if you had seen the stop sign or seen the other car. But you were looking at your phone instead.
WHAT IS DISTRACTED DRIVING?
Distracted driving is when a person is driving while engaging in another activity. Other activities can include talking to another passenger, watching a screen, eating, or using a cell phone. Any activity that distracts a person from fully focusing on the road can lead to distracted driving.
THE UNIQUE IMPACT THAT DISTRACTED DRIVING ACCIDENTS CAN HAVE ON THE BODY
At Med Plus Centers we have experience treating patients with accident injuries that range from minor soft tissue damage to major abrasions that cause chronic knee, back and neck pain. We can usually tell when a set of injuries was caused by a distracted driving car crash because the whiplash tends to be most severe. People who see a collision coming tend to tense up their bodies which can minimize the jerking of their bodies. Our experience as an accident injury chiropractor facility has taught us that a body with little or no reaction time is usually the most susceptible.
INCREASED USE OF MOBILE DEVICES COINCIDES WITH A RISE IN DISTRACTED DRIVING IN FLORIDA
According to the Sun-Sentinel, Florida is one of the most lenient states when it comes to texting and driving. It is fully legal to use a mobile device while driving. Legislation to ban the use of phones has been rejected several times. Laws to restrict the use of phones to hands-free uses only have been passed in states such as California but not Florida. Meanwhile, the number of accidents in Florida due to careless driving has steadily been on the rise in recent years. This coincides with the increased usage of mobile devices in general. The prevalence of cell phones and distracted driving crashes keeps growing. Here are some other statistics on driving accidents in Florida:
- Failing to stay in the proper lane, up 50 percent.
- Running a stop sign, up 48 percent.
- Sideswiping a car headed in the same direction, up 40 percent.
- Improperly passing another vehicle, up 47 percent.
- Ignoring road signs or markings, up 34 percent.
REASONS TO SEEK HELP FROM A CHIROPRACTOR AFTER AN ACCIDENT
No one wants to end up in an accident, it can cause injuries that can last a lifetime, especially if the impact was severe like what we see with distracted driving accidents. If you do find yourself in an accident, make sure you seek medical attention right away. Do it even if you don’t feel like you are injured. Sometimes, the effects of an injury are delayed. You will probably need ongoing treatment from a chiropractor and if you get checked out the same day or within the same week, you could get your insurance to cover the costs. In the state of Florida, you only have 14 days after an accident to see a doctor in order for your insurance to pay. If you have med pay your policy could cover you, even if you were at fault. To find out if you have it, simply contact your auto insurance policy provider.
If you have open wounds we recommend having a medical Doctor examine your injuries as soon as possible. A chiropractor can usually treat any other injuries and provide physical therapy to help you recover from fractures or surgery. At Med Plus Centers, our team of experts can help you get back on the road to recovery. We will work with you and help your body heal with a personalized touch. We combine state of the art treatment and chiropractic care to give your body what it needs for optimal results. Click here to book online or call us at 954-716-8488 to schedule a consultation.