What Is The Difference Between A Minor And Serious Car Accident?

Car accidents can happen anywhere, at any time, and to anyone. Every day, millions of drivers are on the road together. They may be taking phone calls, texting, lacking sleep, or have any number of distractions affecting their attention. Fortunately, most car accidents are relatively minor. However, even minor accidents can cause serious personal injuries and property damage to your car.

Dealing with the aftermath of an accident can be stressful, even when it is considered a minor one. After being in any type of accident, it is important to seek medical attention if necessary. It is important to also seek legal counsel if you are injured and need to make a bodily injury claim for damages. Being aware of the differences between major and minor car accidents is important, so you can make the right decisions when making decisions on whether and how to proceed with a claim.

The differences between a minor or major car accident primarily revolve around the degree of impact and resulting injuries.

Minor Car AccidentsMajor Car Accidents
  • Low impact

  • Minor damage to your car

  • Usually, low speeds

  • Minor or no injuries

  • May not need to hire a lawyer
  • Hard impact

  • Multiple impacts

  • Major damage to your car

  • Moderate to high speeds involved.

  • Major, sometimes life-threatening injuries or death

  • Likely will need to hire a lawyer

Minor Car Accidents

A minor car accident is typically low speed and low impact with only minor vehicular damage. Any injuries sustained in the accident are typically muscular or soft tissue only. Some of the symptoms from a minor car accident may be minor pain in your neck and shoulders, headaches, pain in your muscles, or muscle sprains.

However, it is possible that relatively low impact, low speed collisions can cause severe injuries. This is especially true in rear end collisions because even minor collisions can cause neck injuries such as whiplash.

Major Car Accidents

Major car accidents often result in serious injuries and damages. The property damage caused in a major accident is usually extensive. For example, multi-car collisions are some of the most serious types of accidents because may victims suffer multiple impacts, rather than a single impact. It is likely that after a major accident, the vehicles involved will not be drivable.

Major accidents also involve major, sometimes life-threatening injuries. Major injuries include fractures, concussion, brain damage, disc herniations, and nerve damage. Long-term or permanent disabilities can result from a major car accident.

What To Do After A Major Accident?

Someone who has been in an accident may not feel any pain immediately after an accident. Many people do not feel pain until hours, days, or even weeks later. If you do feel pain after an accident, you should visit your doctor or an emergency room to confirm that there are no fractures or other issues that need to be addressed immediately.

Deciding to get legal help after a car accident is also a crucial and important decision. If the accident was a minor one, legal assistance may not be needed, especially if you did not suffer any bodily injuries. But if the accident was major and resulted in injury, it is always advisable to schedule consultation with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney. Consultations allow injured victims to learn more about their rights and the process of seeking fair compensation from auto insurance companies—often without any cost for the legal advice. Our Firm offers free consultations with an experienced attorney who will evaluate your accident claim and explain the legal process involved in making the claim.

Getting help from a skilled personal injury lawyer will ease the stress of the tedious process of making an insurance claim or seeking damages in court. After a lawyer is hired, he or she will immediately begin investigating the car accident, and work to develop the evidence needed to prove fault. A lawyer can also help connect accident victims with medical providers, if they do not have health insurance or cannot afford medical care on their own.

An experienced personal injury lawyer will also negotiate with the insurance company to work toward a fair settlement of the claim. If a fair settlement cannot be reached, then a lawsuit may need to be filed so the case can be decided by a jury. The lawyers at Armstrong & Lee LLP have the skills and experience to fight on your behalf if you’ve suffered injuries because of a major accident. Do not hesitate to call to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced lawyers.

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