No matter how carefully you drive, the odds are that you will be in a car accident at some point in your life. Hopefully, your collision will not be that serious and you do not suffer major or life threatening injuries. However, even if you're in a low-impact “fender bender,” you may be more injured than you think.
A low-impact crash does not necessarily mean low-damages or bodily injury. In fact, the injuries you may sustain in a low-impact collision can be serious. And what's worse is that these injuries may not even present themselves or be noticeable until years after your accident. For this reason, it is always best to report a fender-bender, no matter how minimal the accident seems, so that you are protected and can recover damages down the line when your injuries become noticeable.
Because motor vehicles are extremely heavy, even low-impact crashes can cause extensive damage to your head, neck and shoulders. At the moment of impact, your torso and lower body are thrown forward while your head and neck are forced backwards/downwards – depending on how you wear your seatbelt. This puts a tremendous strain on your neck and shoulders. Then, a second later (after the initial impact), your lower body is thrown against the seatback snapping your head and neck forward again. This occurs at even very low rates of speed. And the damage can be serious. You may suffer soft tissue damage in your head and neck due to hyper-extension, whiplash, and possibly even damage to the cartilage in your spine.
At the very least, these injuries can cause a great deal of pain. Sometimes, these injuries can have a long-lasting effect on your ability to move normally and perform certain activities. You will incur medical and physical therapy bills to treat these injuries, which may take years to heal. This is why you should always report or document your car accident, no matter how minor you think it is.
Failure to report your collision can make it very difficult to recover your medical bills and other damages you sustained in the accident. This is because without documentation, you will have no proof that the other driver who hit you was negligent or that you were even in an accident at all. This is especially true if you have no third party eye witnesses who can verify your claim.
Accordingly, always report even minor, low-impact collisions and seek medical treatment right away. Then, call a qualified personal injury attorney.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a low-impact collision, or any type of car accident, you need the help of a qualified personal injury attorney—like those at the Law Office of Jeremy Rosenthal—who will get you the compensation you deserve for your medical expenses and help limit your liability if you were at fault. Our lawyers will fight for your rights and get you the damages you need to recover from your injuries. Call us today for a free consultation at (303) 647-4511, or visit us online.