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Should I Pursue Legal Action Following a Low-Impact Car Accident?

Written by Ankin Law Office

Victims of low impact auto accidents, such as those that occur at intersections or in parking lots, are often confused about their legal rights and wonder whether it is worth pursuing legal action following the auto accident.

Low impact” is the term that is often used by insurance companies to describe a car accident that involved little or no property damage or those car accidents that occurred while traveling at low speeds.  Low impact, however, does not mean that the auto accident was “low injury.”

Oftentimes there is no correlation between the severity of the property damage and the severity of the physical injuries sustained in an auto accident. Whiplash and other soft tissue injuries to muscles, ligaments and tendons are often sustained in low impact auto accidents.  In fact, according to a study commissioned by General Motors (GM), whiplash can occur in car accidents at speeds of less than 8 miles per hour. Whiplash and soft tissue injuries can cause medical problems for years following the accident.

Moreover, injuries from low impact car accidents often do not become apparent until hours, days, or even weeks following the accident.

Medical treatment for whiplash, neck injuries, and soft tissue injuries can be lengthy and may require significant medical bills and rehabilitation costs.  Accordingly, if you have been injured in a low impact car accident, you may still want to pursue legal action to protect your rights and obtain compensation for your injuries and resulting medical bills.

By pursuing a personal injury lawsuit or negotiating with the negligent driver’s insurance company, you may be able to recover compensation for medical bills, rehabilitative costs, and lost income resulting from the low impact car accident.

If you have been in a low impact car accident, it may still worth taking legal action to protect your rights. The Chicago auto accident law firm of Ankin Law Office, LLC focuses on representing the victims of all types of auto accidents and we can advise you of your legal rights and possible remedies.

Contact our office at (312) 600-0000 to schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable Chicago car accident lawyers if you have been in a low impact car accident.

Categories: Personal Injury