You may still have a legal case if there was no damage in a car accident. Even if you cannot see any damage to your vehicle, any collision can cause hidden damage to the frame and other parts of the car’s safety structure. The same holds true for injuries. Even if you believe you feel fine, orthopedic problems, soft tissue injuries—like whiplash—and internal injuries may not manifest for several days.
If you subsequently discover damage or injuries, you need to be able to file a claim for compensation. To ensure that you preserve your legal rights, be sure to file a police report about the crash, seek medical evaluation and treatment as soon as possible, notify your insurance company, take your vehicle to a body shop or mechanic, and contact an attorney for advice.
What Types of Car Accident Vehicle Damage May Be Invisible?
Some of the most serious car accident damage a vehicle can sustain will not be visible to you upon casual inspection. For example, your radiator—or any component that holds fluid—may become perforated. Hoses and belts may become loosened or dislodged. The sensitive electronics of the car’s onboard computer can sustain damages in even a minor accident or fender-bender.
Often, a car’s motor mounts—the brackets that hold the engine in place—can suffer damage in a minor incident. You will have no idea that one or more of the mounts broke until your engine later develops a significant vibration. That vibration will subsequently weaken and break the rest.
Most importantly, the vehicle’s frame can become tweaked or bent in a crash. If this occurs, your vehicle may be a total loss.
What Types of Car Accident Injuries May Not Show up Immediately?
Just like your car, the human body can sustain a variety of serious injuries that do not immediately present with symptoms, even after a minor accident. Left undetected and untreated, these injuries can cause serious harm or even become life-threatening.
One of the most common types of “silent” injuries after a car accident is neck and spine damage, including whiplash. Back injuries may not exhibit symptoms right away—and sometimes not for days or even weeks.
Likewise, internal injuries often do not present any immediate symptoms. However, if internal bleeding is present, it can lead to serious or life-threatening conditions.
Another potential latent injury type is nerve damage, which can lead to numbness or tingling in the extremities over time. Head trauma or brain injury is another concerning possibility. This type of damage could range from a mild concussion to something as serious as a blood clot.
How Do I Protect My Rights If There Was No Visible Damage in a Car Accident?
Whether or not you see damage to your car or any visible injuries for yourself or your passengers, it is imperative that you contact the police to file a report immediately after a car accident. Take photos of the scene and collect as much information as possible from the other driver and any witnesses. Above all, get the information for the other driver’s auto insurance company.
You should also seek immediate medical evaluation at a local emergency room, if emergency medical personnel do not respond to the accident scene.
If you choose not to have your car towed, take it immediately to a mechanic or collision damage repair shop you trust.
At this point, our lawyers can help you evaluate your options. We can answer your questions and determine what your best course of action may be to recover compensation.
You must also report the accident to your personal injury protection (PIP) insurance provider and, if another driver was at fault, to their insurance company as well. However, before you speak to either insurance company, speak to one of our attorneys. Giving a statement could compromise your ability to seek financial compensation in the form of a settlement or a personal injury lawsuit.
How Do I Make a Legal Case If There Was No Damage in a Car Accident?
We can help you build your legal case for compensation, even if no damage or injuries were evident at the time of your car accident.
We will collect a variety of evidence to support your claim for compensation for your injuries and damages. This will include medical bills, vehicle repair estimates, employment statements showing lost wages, witness statements, and expert testimony regarding any future care needs, future lost wages, pain and suffering, and emotional trauma.
We can submit your claim and negotiate with the insurance company to arrive at an equitable settlement. If the at-fault driver’s insurance company refuses to negotiate in good faith, we can pursue a lawsuit to obtain fair financial compensation for your injuries.
How Can I Talk to a Lawyer About My Case?
After a Florida car accident—even if there was no visible damage or injuries—contact the Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine for help. We can help you fight for the compensation you deserve. Call 800-747-3733 today.