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Countless motor vehicle accidents occur throughout the United States every day. Some of these accidents are minor, while others can have devastating consequences for everyone involved. The reality of many car accidents is that they are often more severe than they initially appear.
It can be confusing to know what to do after a minor accident. Even if you do not feel as though you are injured, you could experience pain or other symptoms in the future. To be sure that your rights are protected and that you comply with the law, it is a good idea to contact the police after any accident.
“Fender bender” is an informal term used to describe a minor accident. As the name suggests, it involves a motor vehicle collision that does little more than dent or ding the fender of a motor vehicle. For some people, these accidents are so minor that repairs are unnecessary.
Of course, whether or not an accident is a fender bender is subjective. It is also not always immediately clear how severe the damage is in a car accident. A bent fender might seem minor, but the structural damage underneath could require costly repairs.
There is a reason why it is important to notify law enforcement after even minor car accidents. While your collision might not seem major to you, there could be more going on beneath the surface than you realize. This is true both for the damage to your vehicle as well as your own injuries.
It is difficult to tell at a glance how serious the damage to your vehicle might be. Even when the body damage seems light, there could be significant damage done beneath the surface. It is also worth noting that even fixing body damage alone can cost thousands of dollars, which is anything but minor.
The extent of your injuries can also be difficult to identify at a glance. Following an accident, the endorphin rush you experience in stressful situations could prevent you from experiencing immediate pain. As that fades, the pain and soreness from your injury could become apparent. That is why it is always in your best interest to seek medical treatment after an accident. Contacting the police will also result in a report that could be beneficial in your personal injury case.
Making a report to law enforcement following an accident could benefit you in different ways. This is true even when you believe your accident is relatively minor. By contacting law enforcement, you initiate the process of having a report generated for your accident. The details within this accident report can be valuable to you and your attorney.
When you report an accident to the police, they will appear at the scene of the crash to take a report. This report could serve as a valuable starting point for your personal injury attorney. The report is not admissible at trial, but it could paint a clear picture of how the accident happened. This includes identifying visible damage to each vehicle and noting any reported injuries. Police reports also include contact information for the parties and any neutral witnesses that observed the crash.
Having a police report is invaluable if you ultimately pursue an insurance claim. Insurance adjusters usually have little to go on when investigating an accident. If your accident report makes it clear that the other driver was at fault, you are more likely to secure a settlement offer from the other side.
If you were in a minor fender bender, it is in your best interest to contact law enforcement. Reporting your accident to the police could protect your rights, especially in cases where your injuries are more serious than you realize.
If you were hurt in an accident, Gomez Trial Attorneys are here to help. Our firm understands how to maximize financial compensation for motor vehicle accident cases. We will provide the aggressive advocacy that you deserve in this difficult time. Contact us as soon as possible to schedule your free consultation.
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