At Saavedra Law Firm, PLC, a low-speed impact accident lawyer in Phoenix, AZ understands that getting into a car collision can be frustrating, painful, and completely interfere with your daily life. There’s no other headache like realizing you now have to see the doctor, call your insurance company, and try to reduce financial loss in the days and weeks to follow. Maybe you’ll have to miss out on work, and wages, to stay at home and rest or attend doctor’s appointments. Right about now, you could probably use some support.
If both vehicles were driving at 10-15 miles per hour or less when the collision happened, then this is referred to as a low-speed car accident. A common example of a low-speed collision is a fender-bender when stopped at an intersection. It is important for people to know that many car insurance companies view low-speed accidents as not serious, and may attempt to minimize your claim.
For example, an insurance company may draw conclusions depending on how fast the cars were going, the amount of damage to the vehicles, and severity of injuries. So basically, if your car isn’t very damaged, an insurance agent may make you feel like you must not have serious physical damage either. However, nothing could be farther from the truth, and many car insurance companies know better than to assume no one was hurt.
As your Low-Speed Impact accident lawyer in Phoenix, Arizona can explain, car speed and crash severity is based on physics law. An abrupt change in velocity is the essential measure, and people can still get hurt even if the car speed is low. Whiplash is a frequently seen injury in those who have been in low-speed impact accidents, and it does require treatment in order to heal. Lower speed collisions can cause injury to the shoulder, neck, chest, back, and head. Whiplash occurs when there is a sudden jerking forward and backward of the head, which can tear nerves, tendons, muscles, and ligaments of the neck.
The symptoms for whiplash may not present themselves the same day as the accident, and many people start to feel these symptoms in the days or weeks after:
While many people recover with whiplash treatment, there can be lasting effects. Some people may have symptoms for months or years, and the cost to cover these medical expenses should be included in a claim or settlement. For assistance after a recent car crash, call a dedicated AZ low-speed impact accident lawyer in Phoenix from Saavedra Law Firm, PLC today.