Fender Bender Claims in Orlando
Written by Shawn Diederich on May 17, 2016
Most car accidents are “fender benders” such as a rear-end collision. You might not consider a fender bender that serious, but even a low-speed car accident can result in significant injuries to people and property. That is why you should never ignore even a seemingly minor accident where there is no immediately apparent injuries.
One of the most common injuries sustained in a fender bender is whiplash. Whiplash is a neck injury that usually occurs when there is an abrupt backward and/or forward motion of the head, which often occurs in a low-speed car accident. Unlike other forms of trauma, the symptoms of whiplash may not present themselves until the day after the accident (or even weeks later). Symptoms often include neck pain, headaches, dizziness, inability to sleep, and pain in the lower back, shoulders, or arms.
A fender bender can also produce a concussion, which is a traumatic brain injury. If you lose consciousness following a car accident, that is a good sign that you may have suffered a concussion and should receive immediate medical attention. But as with whiplash, the symptoms of a concussion may be delayed. If you experience headaches, confusion, memory loss, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, or fatigue in the days or weeks following a car accident, you should see a doctor.
Fender Bender Claims in Orlando and Insurance
If you have not suffered any apparent physical injury, you may be reluctant to report a fender bender to your insurance company. In many cases, the cost of repairing the physical damage to your vehicle will be less than your policy’s deductible. Your insurance carrier may also raise your premiums following any accident, no matter how minor.
On the other hand, failing to report an accident to your insurance company can come back to bite you. As discussed above, you may have suffered physical injuries in a fender bender that may not be diagnosed or treated until several weeks later. If you do not report the accident to your insurer right away, your insurer may deny coverage because it was denied the chance to conduct a full investigation.
An Orlando Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help
In addition to dealing with any damages, there are multiple legal issues to consider following a car accident. An experienced Orlando car accident attorney can assist you in dealing with insurance companies and seeking compensation for your injuries. Contact the Diederich Law Firm, P.A., if you have been in an accident and need to speak with an attorney right away.