Fall is a beautiful time to be out and about in our area of Ohio, but more opportunities to drive mean more opportunities for traffic accidents, especially low-speed fender-benders and rear-end collisions.
If you should find yourself the victim of a minor vehicle crash, seeking prompt medical attention is essential, even if you appear uninjured.
How a crash affects your body
You may get out of your car, exchange insurance information with the other driver and call it a day. However, keep in mind that your body suffered a shock. You did not anticipate the collision and had no time to prepare. The impact caused a type of violent jerking movement the human body is not meant to endure without some kind of injury.
You may not think you have any injuries because when a car crash occurs, the chemicals in the body can hide symptoms for the time being. You may not feel the effects of the collision for hours, if not days. Just because you do not feel pain, dizziness or other symptoms right away does not mean you should take the crash lightly. A prompt medical evaluation can either rule out or confirm the possibility of any underlying injury, such as mild brain trauma. The resulting medical report will tie any injury you may have directly to the accident so that there can be no question as to how the injury occurred.
If a negligent driver caused the accident in which you received an injury, you have the right to expect financial compensation from an insurance company. Remember that following a vehicle crash of any kind, your well-being is the primary consideration, so you should see a doctor without delay. Keep records of your treatments and medications. You can provide these and the medical report along with a copy of the police report to your attorney, who will use them in negotiating a full and fair insurance settlement on your behalf.