Behind the Scenes of a “Minor Car Accident”
Accidents happen. With so many New Jersey residents relying heavily on their cars, it comes as no surprise that there is an average of 320,000 crash reports per year in the state, according to the New Jersey Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Data and Safety.
While many of these accidents are minor, they can result in surprisingly serious injuries.
Let’s suppose you are on your way to work and you’re stopped at a light. You feel the sudden impact as someone rams into your car from behind you. You are thrust forward and hear a smashing noise. There’s an official name for this type of accident. Low impact, rear-end collisions can cause more harm than you’d ever expect.
Perhaps the other driver took a glance at their smartphone. At any rate, you feel okay, get out of the car to survey the damage, and exchange information with the other motor vehicle operator. Everybody seems okay, so you don’t feel it necessary to make an effort to call the police. You’re not even sure you need to call your insurance company because the property damage seems so slight.
At the end of the night, you go to sleep and don’t worry about the accident. The next morning, however, you wake up with a sore neck. One week later, you have trouble turning your neck as the pain worsens, plus you experience headaches and numbness down one of your arms. It takes a while, but you later learn that your injuries are pretty severe.
Minor Car Accidents and Injuries
Minor car accidents such as low impact rear-end collisions, and fender benders happen every day. But after the dust settles, symptoms of a serious injury can appear. Types of injuries that can be diagnosed related to minor accidents can include herniated discs, lower back pain, concussions, and carpal tunnel. When a person suffers from these types of injuries, they may be unable to work, drive, or care for themselves or loved ones. They may also incur significant medical expenses and loss of income.
Under New Jersey law, victims of car accidents are entitled to compensation for property damage, medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and permanent injury. The New Jersey statute of limitations to file a personal injury claim (N.J.S.A 2A:14-2) is two years.
That said, some other factors come into play when it comes to pursuing a claim. First, there is the issue of liability. Was the accident the other driver’s fault? Even if you share some portion of the negligence, you may be able to file a lawsuit.
An experienced automobile accident lawyer will also need to review your automobile insurance coverage to determine the feasibility of filing a claim. In many cases, you can only receive benefits if your injuries fall into specific classifications.
Contact an Experienced Car Accident Attorney
The fact is that different types of serious injuries can result from minor car accidents. If you are have been a victim of a car accident in New Jersey, do not hesitate to call The Law Offices of Beninato & Matrafaljo for a free consultation. We are experienced in personal injury cases involving car accidents and will fight to ensure you are compensated for your medical bills and pain and suffering. Contact us to schedule an appointment.