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Major Car Accident vs Minor Car Accident

Posted by Trent Kelly on January 27, 2020
Major Car Accident vs Minor Car Accident

What is a Minor Car Accident?

A minor car accident is where no one gets hurt and low damage to the car, minor accidents may not be serious, some people think that a minor car accident would not be worth to claim. A major accident is a complete opposite, which involves injuries and serious damage.

Major and minor car accidents occur on our roads and highways every day in the Greater Austin area. Both of these types of car accidents can lead to serious physical injuries and damages. Injuries that accident victims suffer can leave them incapacitated and unable to work for long periods of time. Moreover, just because a car accident is a relatively ‘minor’ one does not necessarily mean that the accident victim did not suffer serious and painful injuries.

If you have been injured in a car accident that occurred because another driver was negligent, you might be eligible to pursue monetary compensation for your injuries. The Austin car accident lawyers at TK Injury Lawyers, can review the facts and circumstances of your car crash with you and determine if you are eligible to assert a claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance company. If you are, we can file the claim on your behalf and pursue the compensation that you need for your injuries. If the insurance company refuses to settle favorably, we could help you litigate your case in the Texas state court system. 

Please call us today to discover more about how we could help throughout your car accident personal injury claim. 

 

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Major Car Accidents

Major car accidents that occur in the greater Austin area are usually those where there is significant property damage. They may involve a head-on collision, where the front of one vehicle collides with the front of another vehicle, or they might involve a multi-vehicle pileup or chain-reaction collision that involves numerous vehicles.

The drivers and passengers who are involved in major car crashes typically suffer serious injuries, including traumatic head injuries, bone fractures, internal organ damage, and other complications. The force of a major car crash could eject a driver or passenger from the vehicle onto the road. In the worst-case scenario, a serious car accident could lead to a driver or passenger’s untimely death. 

Minor Car Accidents

Minor car accidents typically involve less serious property damage and injuries than major car accidents. These collisions sometimes occur at intersections, like rear-end accidents where the front of one vehicle collides with the rear of another vehicle. 

Although these accidents might not involve significant property damage, they can still result in bad injuries. Soft tissue neck and back injuries, for example, are common in rear-end accidents where the accident victim’s head or neck moves forward and backward very quickly. Injuries can also occur when a part of the accident victim’s body strikes something in the vehicle when the accident occurs, like the window or headrest. 

Injuries may not show up right away

It could be days, weeks, or even months before pain or injury shows itself after an accident. You could lose out on having your medical bills paid for and a chance of a monetary benefit for pain and suffering.

Can I make a claim? No-Fault vs. Fault State

The main question concerning a claim for a minor car accident is whether you’re located in a “fault” or  “no-fault state“. What that means is your insurance company will pay some of the charges incurred in the accident whether or not it was your fault. Legislatures in various states made that law to process claims more quickly.

You can argue whether the no-fault law is a wise one or not, but in most states, it has cut down on smaller claims. If and when a claim reaches a higher amount of injury damages, then the no-fault no longer applies. It is then considered a serious case and your lawyer will proceed accordingly.

Of course, the wording of the no-fault bill varies from state to state. In many of the states, a limit of $2000 applies to a no-fault claim. Anything over that amount can go to an attorney. Other states put a minimum amount to the medical bills or certain injuries. A few of the states have made a higher amount of mandatory statute before allowing a claim – some as high as $40,000 and loss of a job. In the states that do not have any fault law, you are allowed to file a claim no matter what the injuries. As you can see, it is wise to always consult an attorney to make sure what your state law is.

What are your symptoms?

You do not usually have serious injuries from a minor car accident. Then again, sometimes it is hard to know just how an accident will affect your body. Some of the symptoms from a minor car accident might be pain in your neck and shoulders, headaches, pain in your muscles, or strains in your ligaments. Pain may not happen immediately after an accident. Many people only feel pain and suffering after a few hours, days, or even weeks.

Should I or should I not seek treatment?

By all means, if you do not feel right after an accident if you are aching or your neck or shoulders hurt, you need to visit your doctor or even an emergency center if you think it could be serious. One fact you should know – most insurance companies will consider you “ok” if you don’t at least visit your doctor after an accident. And then if you later try to claim you have injuries due to the accident, you will have a lot of trouble proving it!

Pain and Suffering – how much is it worth?

A minor car accident may not have much value, but you need to know a few facts. You had a car accident where someone hits you and it is their fault. The damage is not much to your car, but you are having headaches and some pain in your neck by the next day. You went to your doctor and after examining you, he tells you to give it a few days and see how you feel. Let’s say the pain did not go away, so you decided to see a chiropractor. After a few weeks of treatment, you had no more pain. No work was missed. If you lived in a no-fault state, you would probably not be allowed to file a claim. When your insurance adjuster views your car he will probably state that this was indeed a minor accident and that you would be qualified for reimbursement or compensation. No major injury, no major damage, no major settlement.

Experienced Car Accident Lawyers

The attorneys at Terry and Kelly PLLC have been working on car accident cases in Austin for years and can help you recover the proper amount of compensation for your automobile accident.

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