Fender Bender Car Accidents
Fender bender car accidents are a common sight. Usually they occur at low speed and are minor. In other cases, details are complicated or damage to people or vehicles severe. What “appears” to have happened at the accident scene may turn into a whole different story when the parties involved tell their “side” to investigators. The victim has a limited amount of time from the car accident date, to file a claim and present perspective on what happened.
What kinds of car accident injuries occur with a fender bender?
- Whiplash & soft tissue damage
- Brain Injury
- Cuts, bruises and lacerations
- Injury from airbag deployment
- Broken bones
- Spinal Cord Injury
The most common type of personal injury caused by a fender bender is whiplash. These injuries can be extremely painful, debilitating and last long term. The challenge with whiplash is that obvious symptoms rarely show up at the car accident scene. If the victim fails to get a medical check-up after the accident, there is a decreased chance of proving legal right to damages. Its important to call a qualified personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
When do fender benders happen?
There is no “good” time for a car accident to happen. They commonly occur in the following situations:
- Backing out of a driveway
- Inability to stop at an intersection due to weather conditions or brake failure
- Driving too fast
- Distracted driving
- Car is hit from behind and forced into the vehicle ahead, causing a domino effect
Important legal steps to follow after a fender bender:
Support your injury claim by taking pictures of:
- Of the vehicles, including front, back and side views
Include land marks such as street signs or buildings
- Damage to vehicles or other property
- Of broken glass, skid marks etc
- Road conditions such as ice or maintenance issues
- The license plate number of other vehicle(s) involved
- The address or street location
- Phone 911 if someone has been injured or the car accident is serious.
- Record the other driver’s information including, driver’s license number, contact phone number, insurance company name and contact information
- Get a medical check-up even if there are no signs of injury.
- Keep written record of all medical checkups
- Keep ongoing written record of pain or injury
A fender bender can be more than just another little set back in your busy day. It is important to take the time to take some basic steps, just in case it turns out to be more serious. If you have been injured in a fender bender car accident, be prompt in finding out your rights. Call The Kahler Personal Injury Law Firm today.