Not all accidents that occur in the United States every year end in fatalities and injuries. Most of these accidents are minor car accidents like fender benders, where there may be some amount of property damage in the form of damage to your car or the other car in the accident, but no injuries are caused to the motorists.
However, even if you have no signs of an external injury, car accident lawyers recommend you that go to a hospital to get yourself checked out just as a precautionary measure. Very often, there will be few visible signs of injuries in certain types of accidents. For instance, in rear ender accidents, the person may have no external symptoms, but the injury may make its presence felt just a few days after the injury. The only immediate sign of a whiplash injury may be a low throbbing pain in the neck, but this injury can be extremely debilitating, and very painful. There may be other muscloskeletal injuries that may not be visible at first.
Even though you and the other motorist have not suffered severe injuries, it is still important for you to contact exchange contact information with the other motorist in the crash. Take down the other motorist’s license plate number and the make and model of the other person’s car. Prepare for the eventuality that the other person may take off after hitting your car. Memorize the license plate number, or if possible, take a picture of their car with your cell phone.
Turn on your hazard lights, and call the police. Often people neglect to call the police for a minor accident believing that it is not important, but the fact is that a police report has to be filed for every accident that occurs.
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