Fender-bender accidents are especially common; in fact, most drivers would tell you that they’ve been in a fender-bender accident at least once in their life. But while these accidents are often dismissed as being inconvenient, but not serious, they do have the potential to be costly for those involved. At the law office of El Dabe Ritter Trial Lawyers, our Los Angeles fender bender car accident attorneys can help you to understand the value of your losses following a fender-bender accident and recover your full settlement award. Please call us today for a free consultation.
Common Fender-Bender Accidents
A fender-bender accident refers to one that occurs at a low speed, and typically involves a motor vehicle’s bumper or fender (hence the name). Common causes of these accident types include:
- Following too closely;
- Failure to come to a complete stop;
- Failure to look when pulling out of a driveway; and
- Parking lot collisions.
Most of these accidents result from a driver’s failure to look, distraction, or inattention. In some cases, accidents may involve impaired or otherwise negligent drivers.
Damages Can Be Significant
Despite the fact that these accidents typically occur while vehicles are traveling at low speeds, the damages can be surprisingly significant. In addition to property damage (replacing a bumper or fender can be expensive), victims may suffer injuries, too, including whiplash–one of the most common fender-bender accident injuries. Whiplash can be painful, debilitating, and require medical care to treat. There are some cases where a low-speed fender bender can cause lasting injury and even death in some cases.
What to Do after a Fender-Bender Accident
If you have been in a fender-bender accident, you may have a number of questions, including whether or not you need to report the accident to the police, file a report with your insurer, and whether or not the representation of a Los Angeles car accident attorney is necessary. While it may seem like overkill, especially if no one involved in the accident is suffering from obvious injuries, we always recommend filing an accident report with the police, seeking medical care, and letting your insurance company know about the accident. If you fail to do any of these three things immediately and later realize that damages from the accident are more significant than you thought, you may have a tough time recouping damages.
Fender-Bender Accident Lawyers Can Help
At the law office of El Dabe Ritter Trial Lawyers, our Los Angeles car accident lawyers understand how surprising fender-bender accident claims may be – you may be shocked to learn that repairs to your vehicle cost thousands of dollars, or that you have suffered an injury that is more serious than you initially thought. To guide you through the process of filing a claim with your insurer, proving fault (if filing a claim against the at-fault party), and negotiating a settlement amount, call our experienced lawyers directly. We offer free consultations for all car accident victims in Los Angeles and surrounding areas and are ready to start working on your case today.