Imagine you’re driving down the road, doing what you should, and another vehicle strikes yours. While you could suffer many types of injuries, a broken bone is among the most common.

There are many ways to treat this injury on the scene, with the following tips providing the guidance you require:

  • Stop any bleeding, such as by applying gentle and steady pressure to the wound
  • Don’t attempt to move, as this could lead to additional injury
  • Watch for signs and symptoms of shock, such as feeling dizzy and taking short, rapid breaths

Of all the things you can do, the most important is to call 911 and wait until an ambulance arrives. You may be scared, often to the point where you want to attempt to drive to the hospital on your own. However, this is a risk you never want to take. There’s always a chance you could make your injury worse by doing something wrong.

Depending on the severity of the accident, there’s a chance that you have suffered another type of injury to go along with your broken bone. However, due to your focus on this injury, you don’t make note of the others.

Once you receive professional treatment, you can speak with your doctor about your long-term prognosis. This could lead you to also learn more about your legal rights, especially if the other party was responsible for the accident through neglect or recklessness.

Even if you never end up seeking compensation for your injuries and other damages, you should take the time to understand your legal options.

Source: Mayo Clinic, “Fractures (broken bones),” accessed Feb. 27, 2018