A low-impact motor vehicle crash—also called a fender-bender—is one where the vehicles suffer little or no damage. While your vehicle may only be scratched or slightly dented, this does not mean that you will not suffer serious injuries.
Common Injuries Suffered in Low-Impact Accidents
Low-impact accidents occur when the vehicles involved in the crash are traveling at a relatively low speed. They often occur at intersections, in parking lots, or in school zones. They are also caused when drivers are merging or switching lanes in stop-and-go traffic or are coming to a stop and cause a rear-end collision.
You can suffer long-term or permanent injuries that require expensive medical treatment and weeks or months off work while you recover—if you can return to work at all. Common injuries caused by these crashes include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Shoulder or knee injuries
- Other soft tissue injuries
Importance of Prompt Medical Care in a Low-Impact Crash
If you were involved in a low-impact motor vehicle accident, you might not believe you were hurt or may believe your injuries are minor ones that you can tough out right after your crash. Adrenaline could be masking your symptoms, or it could take days or weeks for your symptoms to develop enough for you to realize that you were seriously hurt.
Even if you do not think you suffered injuries, you should be examined by a doctor within 48 hours of the collision. They can diagnose your medical condition and start your treatment to prevent your injuries from becoming worse or turning into a life-threatening emergency.
You also protect your right to compensation for your injuries by obtaining immediate medical care. You will already have an uphill battle convincing the negligent driver's insurance company of the seriousness of your injuries in a low-impact crash. You give them more ammunition to argue that your injuries were caused by another incident or that they are only minor when you delay obtaining medical care.
Have You Been Injured in a Kansas City Area Motor Vehicle Accident?
If you've been injured in a motor vehicle accident, you need to speak with an experienced motor vehicle accident lawyer as soon as possible. It will cost you nothing to hire us because we handle these cases on a contingency fee basis where you only pay us if we win your case. We will also front the costs and fees you could incur. Contact us online or call our Kansas City office directly at 816.471.5111 to schedule your free consultation.