Assuming someone calls an ambulance, would she be taken to the ER despite claiming to be okay to check for head injuries/concussions, or would a paramedic do an onsite assessment and let her go? Similarly, would she be given a breathalyzer or sobriety test at the scene of the crime, or would they take her to the ER first and then assess?
So... like Lucid -- whose experience was FAR more scary and severe -- we've had the unfortunate pleasure of having a complete crazy person run head-on into the back of our parked car -- at about 40 MPH.
In the middle of daylight.
We will tell you that it sounded like a bomb exploded -- not figuratively. Literally. And bomb -- and it was so loud that it drew the entire neighborhood out of their houses and into the street -- just to see what had happened.
A nurse was late to her shift at the hospital, and for some strange reason, she plowed right into the back of our parked car. Yes, going about 40 MPH.
Just FYI: she was not hurt either. She literally stepped out of the car, and asked, "what just happened?" Very old style car, but fairly certain an airbag was deployed.
Just for reference: people don't call an ambulance -- they call 911, and the dispatcher sends out the police, fire trucks, and ambulance to the scene. We had three cop cars, two fire trucks, and one ambulance.
The cops talked to the nurse at length. They managed the traffic. They took photos, assessed the scene, took street measurements around the crash, collected evidence, talked to witnesses... They gave the nurse a breathalyzer test; she passed. She wasn't escorted into the ambulance until she started complaining about neck pain. Every answer she gave to the cops' questions: "I don't know what happened." Almost like a pro.
It was a new vehicle, by the way. Not even 30 days old. The lesson: don't park a new car on a busy street.
FYI, the paramedics would also worried about internal bleeding, so it's going to be pretty rare not to be cajoled into the ambulance and taken to the hospital. The paramedics are going to be the ones who are going to convince you that it's necessary, or like Vicki said, face insurance problems down the line. And then they will give you the choice of which hospital to go to...
On a separate and recent occasion, we've also had the unfortunate pleasure of riding inside an ambulance. The gurney straps were bright orange. And it's extremely small in there. You couldn't fit more than the patient on a stretcher, one paramedic, and a person sitting down on the side bench. The paramedics were all focused on the vitals and the paperwork.