Driving in downtown Wichita or during rush hour traffic on Kellogg often leads to minor fender benders. It appears that no one is injured and there are only minor damages to the cars involved. It would be easy to just say sorry and drive away, but you could be paying for much more by doing so. Instead, check out these simple do’s and don’ts when it comes to a minor car accident.
Don’t drive away. Do stay at the scene. Move your vehicle to a safe place, out of the way of traffic. If the owner of the other vehicle isn’t around, leave a note with your contact information.
Don’t assume there are no injuries. Do check yourself and any passengers for any injuries. Even if low velocity wrecks can cause damage, some that aren’t noticeable until days after the accident. Contrary to what many believe, low impact car wrecks can deliver a higher force to the passengers in the car than a higher speed collision because there is no crush to the vehicle and because the seat back does not brake to absorb the force. Since there is no damage to the car in a low impact collision all the force is delivered to the people in the car. Being out of position, such as having the torso or the head turned at the time of impact also magnifies the forces on the human body resulting in significant and severe injuries in collisions where the cars are not hurt very bad.
Don’t accept cash for repairs or sign any documents. Do take notes and photos. Exchange information with the other driver. You can put an app on your phone to have handy during a wreck. Look up Ray Hodge and Associates in the app market section of your smart phone. This app is free and will tell you everything to do in the event of a car wreck. It will allow you to get recorded statements, take pictures and video’s and immediately contact aKansas car wreck lawyer who can help you.
Don’t presume the accident doesn’t need to be reported. Do file a report so your insurance agent can file a claim and so you are protected from any other issues that may arise later on.
Remember that even low speed collisions can cause soft tissue injuries, such as whiplash. To learn more about how whiplash can affect your health, read our article located here.
If you have had a Kansas car wreck injury that was not your fault and need medical treatment, you need an experienced professional who can help you get back on the road to recover. Call us today at 316-269-1414. Our Kansas personal injury attorneys will provide you a free initial consultation and if we take your case you don’t pay a dime unless we recover money for you. Even then we only take a percentage of the total amount of your recovery.
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