You may ask yourself, “Should I report a minor car accident?” While you may be tempted to not report a minor accident or parking lot collision, think again. Even a relatively low impact car accident can leave you suffering from serious personal injuries, which have the potential to result in lasting disabilities. The following outlines some of the most common types of injuries that can occur in these accidents, and what you can do to help ensure you and your passengers are protected.
Reasons You Should Report A Minor Car Accident
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), roughly 2.5 million people visit hospital emergency rooms each year as the result of car accident injuries. If you have been involved in a minor collision, such as a fender bender or parking lot accident, you may be tempted to brush off your injuries and not get the care you need. Many drivers hesitate to report these types of accident to their insurer, out of concern over increased premiums.
Unfortunately, this can end up hurting you in the long run. The CDC states that accident-related medical costs can continue to accrue for as long as 18 months or more after an accident. Failing to report a collision or to get medical care will jeopardize your rights to compensation for medical expenses and lost wages you may eventually suffer.
Major Injuries Can Result From “Minor” Collisions
The rate of speed and the point of impact in a collision factor into the severity of car accident injuries. However, any kind of sudden blow or jolt to the body puts you at risk of suffering serious harm. Major injuries that can result from otherwise minor collisions include:
Soft tissue injuries: These often involve sprains, strains, and tears of the muscle, tendons, and ligaments, and are among the most common car accident injuries. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) states these injuries often require prolonged healing times, and can develop into chronic conditions.
Back and neck injuries: Back and neck injuries can involve slipped or herniated disks, along with fractures of the vertebrae and damage to connective tissues. These injuries cause pain and limited mobility which can increase as the months go by. They can end up requiring surgery to repair the damage, and can result in lasting impairments.
Head injuries: One of the most common and potentially severe car accident injuries, these can result from even a minor bump or blow to the head. Symptoms are not always immediately apparent, but can result in permanent memory problems, cognitive delays, and dramatic personality changes. In some cases, head injuries can end up proving fatal.
Get Help Today
We cannot emphasize enough how important it is to get the names and contact information for all drivers involved in even a minor collision. You should also seek medical treatment, regardless of your symptoms. If you’ve been in an accident, contact the Surasky Law Firm, LLC today to request a free consultation with our Aiken personal injury attorneys. We can help ensure you get the compensation you need for any lasting damages you suffer.