Many car accidents seem relatively minor at first. You may be able to drive your car home from the scene of the accident, and you may not need immediate medical assistance. However, you still may need to hire a lawyer for a minor car accident. You may later develop symptoms of injuries that require medical treatment and have expenses for repairing your vehicle. A lawyer can assist you in getting compensation for those expenses when another driver has caused your minor car accident.
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Injuries in Minor Car Accidents
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that law enforcement authorities documented 6.76 million motor vehicle crashes in the United States in 2019. These crashes resulted in 2.74 million people suffering from injuries that year. Many of the remaining crashes involved property damage only. As a result, 84 people suffered injuries in crashes for every 100 vehicle miles traveled (VMT).
Furthermore, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that more than 2.3 million people visit emergency room departments in hospitals following motor vehicle crashes each year. The CDC also reports that collectively, Americans spent more than 1 million days in the hospital each year from crash injuries.
Even if injuries do not require immediate emergency medical treatment and hospitalization, those suffered in a minor car accident can be significant. In some cases, symptoms of injuries such as whiplash may not arise until days or even weeks after the accident occurs. These injuries can result in medical expenses, lost time at work, and even permanent impairments that fundamentally alter your way of life. For these reasons, contacting a lawyer as quickly as possible following even a minor car accident can be wise.
When you do not see any signs of immediate injuries after a car accident, you should not hesitate to seek medical treatment later if symptoms of injuries begin to arise. You should get medical attention for any signs of injury as soon as you notice them. Doing so promptly may allow your doctor to link your symptoms to your minor car accident. Failure to get timely treatment or waiting too long to address your symptoms may not only worsen your medical condition, but it also may make any legal claims that you have more challenging.
Get Help Today Following Your Car Accident
You initially may not consider whether you should hire a lawyer for a minor car accident. However, your time to file any claims or lawsuits following any car accident is limited under state law. Therefore, getting legal advice after your car accident to explore your options can be the most effective means of protecting your legal rights to compensation. Otherwise, you risk being unable to recover compensation for unexpected injuries that do not begin to appear until sometime after your accident.
We know that you likely have many concerns and questions after a car accident, particularly if you have medical expenses and damage to your vehicle as a result. Do not hesitate to contact the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine to get the answers you need. Call 1-888-587-9581 today and learn more about your legal rights following a minor car accident.