Many people have the mistaken impression that they can't suffer serious injuries in low-impact car accidents. However, this isn't true. Even a minor fender-bender can result in injuries that cause long-term chronic pain and limit your ability to work and engage in activities you enjoy.
While you're entitled to be compensated for your injuries, you may have to fight longer and harder to convince the negligent driver’s insurance company of the seriousness of your injuries. You need an experienced San Diego car accident attorney who will stand up for your rights and secure the maximum amount you deserve in your settlement.
What Is a Low-Impact Car Crash?
A low-impact auto accident involves vehicles traveling at slow speeds, and the damage to the autos is only dents and scratches. It's sometimes referred to as a fender-bender. Low-impact crashes frequently occur when motorists change lanes, approach an intersection, and cause a rear-end collision, or in a parking lot.
Injuries Caused in a Low-Impact Wreck
Even if the damage to the vehicles is minor, this doesn't mean that car accident victims won't suffer life-altering medical conditions. Common injuries caused in these crashes include:
- Whiplash. Whiplash is an injury caused when the neck snaps back and forth quickly during a collision. Neck pain, headaches, dizziness, stiffness, blurred vision, and memory problems are some of the symptoms a victim might have to live with for months or even years.
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI). A TBI is caused when the accident causes a jolt to the head, or the skull and brain are penetrated by an object—even if vehicles aren't traveling very fast at the time of the collision. People who suffer TBIs experience major difficulties with mobility, vision, memory, concentration, and other issues.
- Herniated disks. If the disks that cushion the vertebrae of the spine are damaged, the jelly-like substance in their centers leaks out. As a result, accident victims might have nerve weakness, numbness in the body part controlled by the damaged nerve, and arm or leg pain.
- Spinal cord injury. Although spinal cord injury isn't as common as other injuries caused in a low-impact car accident, they do occur. Unfortunately, if this happens, people often experience partial or complete paralysis and many other medical complications associated with paralysis.