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Car accidents

Were you involved in an auto accident? Put your wellness first, and seek chiropractic care right away. At County Line Chiropractic, we take every auto accident injury very seriously. Even a minor auto accident can do serious damage to the body, especially if trauma continues to spread without proper treatment, so it’s important to get an accurate diagnosis and get started on your treatment plan right away. Fortunately, we have a car accident chiropractor at each location for your convenience.

Been involved in a car accident? Make an appointment today!

Reasons why you should visit County Line after being involved in a car accident.

If you’ve been involved in an auto accident and don’t have any broken bones or life threatening injuries, stop by one of our 5 County Line locations for a complete check up. Even in impact speeds as low as 5 mph, whiplash or other injuries can occur. Walk-ins are always welcome!

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Retain your medical benefits

Once you’ve been involved in a car accident, you only have 14 days to declare injuries to retain your medical benefits. If you don’t have life threatening injuries, stop by County Line first!

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We’ll pick you you up

We offer transportation to your nearest County Line location to all auto accident patients so you can sit back and relax. Just give us a call and we’ll schedule a pick up.

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Full-service diagnostics

CAT scans can’t diagnose soft tissue damage that’s common during an auto accident. We have the latest technology to pinpoint any potential underlying damage before it gets worse.

Common accident injuries we’ll check for:

  • Whiplash

  • Herniated disks

  • Nerve Damage

  • Back Pain

  • NECK Pain

  • shoulder Pain

How we can help.

Sudden force can throw your spine out of balance and cause trauma to the tissue and nerves around it. If you notice any pain, stiffness, or mobility loss after an auto accident, you may have inflammation, misalignment, or other damage that is preventing your body from healing properly. Our goal is to pinpoint the location and severity of your injury, then work to speed up the healing process and ensure a complete recovery.

Quickly diagnose the injury

Quickly diagnose the injury

We have 5 convenient, fully staffed locations across South Florida so you can get in to see one of our doctors quickly- often same-day. Once we have correctly identified your injuries, we may perform a variety of adjustments to allow the internal systems of your body to realign in ways that maximize circulation.

Professional trauma training

Our Chiropractic team is experienced in recognizing the most common injuries that are a result of car accidents. We treat patients who are suffering from neck injuries, back injuries, spinal cord injuries, and other types of serious injuries that were caused by car accidents.

Customized treatment plans

If you visit us after a car accident, you can expect our chiropractors to perform a thorough physical exam and ask you a variety of questions. These questions will be used to understand the circumstances of the accident, the type of pain you are facing, and your personal habits. Once an exam has been completed and the questions have been answered, we’ll design a custom treatment plan that’s tailored to your unique injury and goals.

Florida Car Accidents

A car accident can happen anywhere and at any time. The average person in the United States is involved in a car accident every 18 years. Read the following to make sure that you know your rights if and when you are injured in a Florida car accident.

Important Car Accident Laws in Florida

If you are injured in a car accident in Florida, there are some important laws you should be aware of:

Florida’s No-fault Law

Under Florida law, all motorists are required to carry a minimum of $10,000 in Personal injury Protection (PIP). PIP will cover 80% of your medical bills up to $10,000, regardless of fault. When you have been involved in an accident in Florida, you must seek medical treatment under your own PIP coverage within 14 days of the accident.

Pure Comparative Fault

Florida is a “pure comparative fault” state which means that even if you are mostly at fault for the accident in which you were injured, you can still recover a percentage of your damages. For example, if you were injured in a car accident by someone making an illegal left turn, but the fact that you were speeding at the time made the collision worse, a jury may find you 20% at fault and the driver who made the illegal left turn 80% at fault. In this case, the amount of compensation that the jury awards you will be reduced by 20%, your own percentage of fault.

Accident Reports

Unless law enforcement is called to the scene, drivers in Florida who are involved in a car accident must file a written accident report with the local police, county sheriff, or closest Florida Highway Patrol whenever:

  • Someone was injured or killed as a result of the accident;
  • The accident resulted in property damage of $500 or more;
  • The accident involved a commercial vehicle or a drunk driver; or
  • The accident resulted in a vehicle needing to be towed

This report must generally be filed within 10 days of the accident. Failure to file an accident report in these cases may result in you being ticketed and fined and, in some cases, it can hurt your ability to recover damages.

Important Car Accident Laws in Florida

If you are injured in a car accident in Florida, there are some important laws you should be aware of:

Florida’s No-fault Law

Under Florida law, all motorists are required to carry a minimum of $10,000 in Personal injury Protection (PIP). PIP will cover 80% of your medical bills up to $10,000, regardless of fault. When you have been involved in an accident in Florida, you must seek medical treatment under your own PIP coverage within 14 days of the accident.

Pure Comparative Fault

Florida is a “pure comparative fault” state which means that even if you are mostly at fault for the accident in which you were injured, you can still recover a percentage of your damages. For example, if you were injured in a car accident by someone making an illegal left turn, but the fact that you were speeding at the time made the collision worse, a jury may find you 20% at fault and the driver who made the illegal left turn 80% at fault. In this case, the amount of compensation that the jury awards you will be reduced by 20%, your own percentage of fault.

Accident Reports

Unless law enforcement is called to the scene, drivers in Florida who are involved in a car accident must file a written accident report with the local police, county sheriff, or closest Florida Highway Patrol whenever:

  • Someone was injured or killed as a result of the accident;
  • The accident resulted in property damage of $500 or more;
  • The accident involved a commercial vehicle or a drunk driver; or
  • The accident resulted in a vehicle needing to be towed

This report must generally be filed within 10 days of the accident. Failure to file an accident report in these cases may result in you being ticketed and fined and, in some cases, it can hurt your ability to recover damages.

Florida Principles of Fault

In order to recover damages resulting from a Florida car accident, the accident must have been caused by someone else’s fault, in whole or in part. So, one of the first things that you must do after a Florida car accident is to establish that the other party is at fault for the accident.

In Florida, drivers have a duty to operate their vehicles with reasonable care, so as not to cause harm to others. This is referred to as the “ordinary reasonable person” standard. If a person failed to operate their vehicle with a reasonable amount of care and, as a result, you are injured in an accident, that person may be found to be at fault for that accident and be held liable to you for all (or a portion) of your injuries and losses.

Liability essentially means that the other party can be held financially responsible. Whether or not a person actually failed to meet the ordinary reasonable person standard and is, therefore, liable for your injuries and losses must often be determined by a jury.

The Most Common Injuries After a Car Accident

There are a variety of injuries one can suffer when involved in a car accident and these injuries can vary from mild to severe. The most common injuries suffered after a car accident are as follows:

  • Neck injuries – car accidents often result in neck pain or limited head and neck movement that may be temporary or permanent. This includes whiplash, which can cause chronic pain and joint dysfunction and is often the result of being struck from behind.
  • Back injuries – the spine is a very sensitive part of the body and is easily susceptible to impact trauma
  • Whiplash – Usually caused by rear-end collisions, whiplash occurs when the neck jerks back and forth quickly and violently, significantly damaging the supporting ligaments and muscles in your neck.
  • Soft tissue injuries – soft tissue injuries are micro-tears to your soft tissues, tendons, and ligaments. Often, symptoms of these injuries don’t show up for days or weeks after the accident
  • Shoulder Injuries – As one of the most mobile joints in the body, any tendon, muscle, or ligament around the shoulder joint that stretches or tears can cause major pain.

In addition, there are many variables that can contribute to the type and severity of injury one might suffer after a car accident, including:

  • The size of the vehicles;
  • The speed at which the vehicles were traveling;
  • Where you were sitting in the vehicle when the accident occurred; and
  • What part of the vehicle was struck.

Florida Car Accident FAQs

After being involved in a car accident, you may be injured, confused, and wondering what you should do next. Here are answers to a few questions you might have:

What to do after a car accident?

  1. Seek immediate medical attention, if necessary. If not, come in to County Line Chiropractic center as soon as possible after the accident, even if you have no visible injuries. If within a certain distance, we’ll send you an Uber or Lyft ride to ensure you arrive safely.
  2. Call the police so that a police report can be made.
  3. Exchange insurance and contact information with the other motorist(s) involved and collect the contact details of anyone who witnessed the accident.
  4. If possible, take photos of the vehicles, people involved, and your injuries.
  5. Contact the relevant insurance company to file an accident report and get their claims process started.

What to do if injured in a rideshare accident?

If you are injured in a rideshare accident, the most important thing you can do is to get yourself the proper medical care. Even if you feel fine right after the accident, it is a good idea to get yourself checked out. You may have injuries that you are just unaware of.

Both Uber and Lyft vehicles are covered by a $1 million insurance policy, but each company handles the claims process differently. What’s more, there are a variety of factors that will determine how much coverage is available to you. So, be sure to note the date and the time of the incident and file a formal report with the rideshare company or its insurance provider. Here’s everything you need to know about getting injured in an Uber or Lyft Rideshare accident.

How long after a car accident can I file a claim in Florida?

The statute of limitations to bring a Florida car accident claim is generally 4 years from the date of the accident for injury claims and 2 years for any wrongful death claims arising from the accident. There are also various nuances related to accidents involving minors and/or municipal vehicles.

In any case, if you fail to file a car accident claim before the applicable statute of limitations expires, you may be barred from ever recovering compensation for your injuries and losses. So, don’t delay.

Injury begins at impact. Recovery begins here!

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If you’re ready to find the relief you’ve been longing for, you owe it to yourself to schedule an appointment at County Line Chiropractic today. We can’t wait to meet you and enlighten you on the power of chiropractic care and natural healing.