The National Highway Traffic Society Administration reveals that each year more than 7,000,000 automobile accidents occur, with more than 2,000,000 people sustain injuries and more than 40,000 get killed. A fender bender denotes a minor accident, which normally causes only slight damage to the automobiles involved. However, a fender bender could still pose a major issue for all involved. For instance, your insurance company could raise your premiums after you report a minor accident. Consequently, drivers will often try to settle the costs of the damage without involving insurance companies. This approach is generally not recommended however as it could be illegal in some areas.
Types of Fender Bender Damages
A fender bender derives its name from the fact that in a typical accident an automobile’s fender normally receives the majority of the damage. If for instance, a driver halts suddenly at an intersection, they could cause the driver following them closely to crush into their trunk or rear bumper. Similarly, failure to check for oncoming traffic before pulling out of a driveway could create a hazard for other motorists. This could result in a low-speed bump on the passenger side. Fender benders will commonly occur in large parking lots when inattentive or distracted motorists collide.
Should You Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer?
For someone who has suffered a serious injury in a car accident, you may have been too upset or injured at the scene to collect evidence. A car accident lawyer DC trusts can help you collect the evidence needed to build a strong case for a claim or lawsuit. They can help you with the following:
- Talk to the insurance company or negligent party on your behalf. Many accident victims prefer not to do this on their own. And sometimes, victims will provide the defendants with self-incriminating information without realizing it. Your personal injury attorney will know what to say that will protect your rights.
- Negotiate a settlement with the insurance company that is fair and equal to what you have suffered as a result of the accident.
- Track down witnesses and document their statements. If necessary, your personal injury lawyer can also conduct a forensic accident investigation to collect additional evidence.
- File a claim with the insurance company.
- Accurately estimate the worth of your claim.
- Possibly obtain maximum compensation for your car’s damage and/or your injuries. Depending on the circumstances of your fender bender, your lawyer can help you pursue additional accident-related damages as well such as lost wages.
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