In the state of Florida, traffic accidents comprise the largest grouping of personal injury claims every year. The 2019 Sarasota County traffic statistics show a relatively steady trend. There were 12,371 reported car crashes in 2019, which is only 150 accidents shy of the 2018 number. Traffic fatalities are relatively scarce, with 46 deaths recorded related to the total number of crashes.
Because West Coast Wellness is the premier chiropractic practice treating car accident victims in North Port, we thought we would share some other interesting car accident statistics.
- 95% of all vehicles involved in accidents are passenger cars and light trucks such as SUVs.
- More than half the car accidents represent the 15-44 age group.
- Teenagers between the ages of 15-19 suffer over 233,000 injuries annually
- As a result of 6 million annual car accidents, over 2.2 million people suffer permanent injuries; approximately 245,000 of these individuals live in Florida.
- Seat belts cut the risk of death by 45% and serious injury by 50%, however thousands of people still suffer injury due to seatbelts.
Seat belts keep a driver’s or passenger’s head from hitting the windshield or steering wheel. But although the body is kept in place, the head typically thrusts forward and can cause significant damage to the neck or spine. Seat belts will save your life, but could cause a range of injuries, including:
- Concussions and other brain injuries
- Joint dislocation
- Herniated discs
- Neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries, including paralysis
Each of these statistics represent real individuals who were injured by an accident. That indicates thousands of Sarasota and North Port area residents dealing with lingering aches, pains and trauma that are often the result of a car accident.
If you have been involved in a car accident, it is important that you seek medical help, no matter how you feel. Many injuries do not begin to show symptoms for days, weeks or even months. It is especially important for you to set up an appointment of a chiropractor who can determine if your neck, back or spine has been injured. While a physician can tell you if you have a broken bone, a skilled chiropractor can help to holistically treat the trauma you have experienced so that it does not manifest as a chronic problem down the road. .
Additionally, if you are seen by a Florida chiropractor within 14 days of your accident, your PIP car insurance will cover chiropractic care, and your chiropractor will help you to aggregate the documents and diagnoses that you will need to prove an injury.
Early intervention from a chiropractor can reduce long-term or ongoing medical bills, minimize loss of wages, and improve quality of life going forward.
If you have been in a car accident in the North Port area, make an appointment as soon as is practicable. Even if you have a clean bill of health from the hospital, it’s important to make sure that there is no swelling or inflammation around your vertebrae or discs. Chiropractic adjustments can quickly relieve pressure and put you back into alignment, greatly reducing your chances of developing pain if the trauma goes untreated for too long.
Don’t become a chronic pain statistic. Call West Coast Wellness to discuss how we can put you on the road to total health.