Every car accident is different, and the severity of the accident will depend on many different factors: how fast the cars were going, the directions in which they were headed, how large the vehicles were, among many other factors that are sometimes unpredictable.
There are millions of car accidents a year, but only a small percentage are considered serious. Knowing what to do, even after a minor accident, could help protect you later on.
Not all injuries are serious. One common injury that is sustained when even minor accidents occur is whiplash. This neck injury is due to a forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck. When your car is hit, your body may be jerked and you could sustain whiplash. Some common symptoms of whiplash include:
Neck pain or stiffness
Arm weakness or pain
Sometimes, these symptoms are not present immediately following the accident. For this reason, it’s essential to visit a doctor even after a minor accident so that you can be diagnosed immediately. Failing to do so may make it more difficult to establish that it was caused by the accident itself.
Other common car accident injuries include scrapes and cuts, bruises, broken bones, head injuries, and other soft tissue injuries.
Reporting a Minor Accident
It’s always a good idea to report an accident to the police, even if it is seemingly only a minor one. There could be physical damage to your vehicle that is internal and not easily detected until much later. You, as a driver, or other passengers could also have injuries that don’t show symptoms until later.
After reporting the accident, you may need the assistance of an experienced car accident attorney. Proving liability and seeking compensation for damages could be difficult by yourself. Our firm has over 100 years of collective experience seeking compensation for car accident injury victims, and we can help seek compensation for you.
Contact our firm today to discuss your case.