Can You Get Compensation After a “Minor” Car Accident?  

by William Mattar | December 16th, 2021

damaged vehicle after minor accidentIf you have been in a car accident with a negligent driver, you may be wondering if you can recover compensation. Let’s suppose you were hit by an inattentive motorist and your car was not seriously damaged. Depending on certain factors – importantly, whether you were injured –you may still be able to recover damages even in this circumstance.  

What is a “Minor” Car Accident? 

Car accidents sometimes result what can be perceived as minimal damage to the vehicles involved. For example, motorists may find that vehicles only sustained small dents or destruction, such as a broken headlight or taillight.  

An example of a common type of collision is a fender bender, or rear-end accident. A fender bender can occur at a stop light or other intersection when a driver fails to stop behind another motorist. For instance, if a driver is texting and driving and does not notice that the light ahead of them has turned red, he or she may not brake in time and collide with the vehicle in front of them.  

All Car Accidents Can Cause Serious Injuries 

Even though the property damages sustained in some accidents can be more severe than other, all accidents have the capability of producing serious, even life-altering, injuries for those involved. This will depend on the circumstances of the collision, including how the force of impact affects vehicle occupants. Examples of potential injuries include concussions and other traumatic brain injuries, strained muscles, severe broken bones, and lacerations. In this sense, there is no such thing as “minor” car accident.  

One type of injuries often suffered in car crashes is whiplash. Whiplash can occur from forceful back-and-forth movement of the neck and is common in rear-end accidents.  

The severity of whiplash varies, and while some victims can recover in a few weeks, others may experience chronic, long-term pain. Some symptoms of whiplash include pain and stiffness, loss of range of motion, headaches, tenderness or pain in the shoulder, upper back, or arms, dizziness, and fatigue.  

Compensation After a Car Accident 

So, what kinds of compensation can you receive after a car accident? This will all depend on who is at fault for the accident, your injuries, and other various details. If another driver is liable for the accident, your claim may be against their insurance company. You may also make a claim with your own insurance carrier to recover certain losses. 

Types of compensation after a car accident can include medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other economic and non-economic damages resulting from the crash. An accident lawyer can help determine a source of compensation. Speak to lawyer at William Mattar P.C. today to learn more about how we can help.  

Call William Mattar Today 

If you have been injured in a car accident, contact William Mattar today. Our car accident lawyers work hard on behalf of injury victims to help them obtain the best outcome possible after a serious injury. Schedule your free initial consultation with a team member by completing a free contact form or calling (844) 444-4444.