Fender benders are the most common type of car accidents on the roads today. They typically occur at a speed of less than 25 mph. In some cases there may be very little, or no damage to your car whatsoever. At this point, you will want to contact a personal injury attorney.
Although there may not be any damage to your car, that doesn’t mean that you won’t feel the impacts of the accident.
Whiplash is a common occurrence in all types of car accidents, even if they occur at low speeds. The force of your head jolting forwards and slamming back into headrest can cause lasting injuries that you could feel for years to come.
The key thing to remember is that whiplash injuries may not present themselves right away. Your injuries may be felt weeks after the original low impact collision. This is why it’s imperative that you document as much as you can after the accident.
Be sure to collect these key pieces of information:
- Name, contact number and insurance information of the other driver
- Contact information for any witnesses
- Photos of all vehicles involved and the surrounding area.
- Document how you feel each day following the accident
After an accident, it’s common for most to think “I don’t have any broken bones, I feel fine”. It may surprise you to know that a broken bone can heal a lot faster and much better than a soft tissue injury!
Depending on the severity, minor broken bones can heal in a few weeks and you can be back up on your feet in no time. Soft tissue injuries are those to your muscles, tendons, and ligaments and most commonly include strains, sprains, and contusions. Although you may be receiving medical treatment such as physiotherapy, soft tissue injuries can linger for months and even years, leaving you in pain.
Soft tissue injuries can affect your everyday life, and make regular tasks feel impossible to complete. If you do have a pre-existing condition, any low impact collision can cause that condition to worsen significantly.
If you’ve been in a car accident, contact a personal injury attorney at Robert J.Debry & Associates today.