Fender Benders Can Cause Serious Injuries

Two cars parked with no space in between

A fender bender car accident is when two cars collide at low speeds. Many people assume that injuries are rare in this type of car accident, but serious injuries can still occur. The impact of two passenger vehicles colliding, even at low speeds, can send drivers and passengers forward and backward with significant force, causing injuries.

Causes of Fender Bender Accidents

Fender benders often happen when a car rear-ends another vehicle. When rear-end accidents happen at low speeds, car damage can be minimal, but injuries to drivers and passengers can be severe. The most common causes of fender benders include:

  • Failing to see another car when reversing
  • Tailgating
  • Speeding
  • Driver distraction
  • Drunk or drugged driving
  • Drowsy driving
  • Inclement weather conditions
  • Mechanical failure

Common Injuries

Quite often, injuries caused by fender benders are not immediately obvious. When this type of accident occurs at low speeds, victims will immediately inspect car damage and share their personal information with the other driver. Injuries often do not appear immediately, most likely they will show up when victims are at home after the accident. The most common injuries caused in fender bender accidents include:

  • Whiplash
  • Head and neck injuries
  • Brain injuries
  • Spinal injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Soft tissue damage
  • Internal organ damage
  • Tendon and ligament damage
  • Herniated discs in the neck and spine
  • Broken bones
  • PTSD

Fender bender accident victims may not experience pain or symptoms of injuries for days or even weeks after an accident. It is vital to seek immediate medical attention even if you believe you do not have an injury.

What to Do If You Are Involved in a Fender Bender Accident

Whenever a car accident happens, it is important to assess injuries and get emergency medical attention immediately. Once victims are stabilized, it is vital to gather as much evidence as possible to support your accident claim. Drivers should:

  • Exchange driver’s licenses, car insurance, and contact information with the driver of the other vehicle.
  • Take pictures of the accident scene and the road conditions surrounding the scene.
  • Gather witness testimony and contact information. When possible, video of the witness testimony can be very helpful in a future claim.
  • Call local law enforcement, even if the other driver does not want you to do so.
  • File an official police report and get the attending officer’s badge information for future reference.
  • Call your car insurance provider to report the accident.
  • See a medical professional as soon as possible.
  • Consult with an experienced car accident lawyer.

If you are involved in a minor car accident, you may experience resistance to report the accident from the other driver involved. Despite their protests, it is in your best interest to file an official police report and to contact your insurance company immediately.

Monmouth County Car Accident Lawyers at the Falcon Law Firm, LLC Represent Fender Bender Car Accident Victims

If you have been involved in a car accident, call one of our Monmouth County car accident lawyers at the Falcon Law Firm, LLC today. Even minor accidents can cause severe injuries. Contact us online or call us at 732-660-1200 to schedule a free consultation. With offices in Oakhurst, Parlin, and Aberdeen, New Jersey, and Doylestown, Pennsylvania, we serve clients in Belmar, Deal, Ocean Township, Point Pleasant, West Long Branch, Sayreville, Middlesex County, and Monmouth County, New Jersey, as well as Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Daylight Saving Time and Driver Safety

Wall clock showing daylight savings

Each year when daylight saving time (DST) occurs, we move our clocks forward one hour and lose sleep. The shift in time increases the amount of light in the evening, but it also means mornings are darker. Studies show that the time change has adverse effects in the 48 states that participate in DST, including an increase in fatal car accidents.

Increase in Fatal Car Accidents

According to researchers at the University of Colorado, fatal car accidents increase in the week that immediately follows DST. Most likely, this is due to the combination of darker morning hours and drowsy drivers. The spike in accidents was six percent higher than average; however, the study only looked at fatalities, researchers say that the true danger is underestimated. Pedestrians are also more at risk after DST because they are easily overlooked by drivers who are not used to starting their daily commute in darkness.

Drowsy driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving because fatigue greatly reduces a driver’s reaction time. The average American is sleep deprived, so DST presents an even greater risk for an accident to occur.

Preventing Daylight Saving Time Accidents

The European Union has voted to eliminate DST in 2021, and many states in the United States have introduced legislation to put an end to the practice. For now, DST still remains along with its adverse effects. Drivers must prepare for the time change on March 8 at 2 a.m., it is important to remember to:

  • Get enough sleep the week before the time change so that you begin the week well rested.
  • Be vigilant and watch for pedestrians and cyclists in the newly darkened morning hours.
  • Wear light colored reflective clothing, carry a flashlight, and use a bike headlight if you are traveling on foot or on bike.
  • Drive defensively the week the clocks are changed. Use extra caution at intersections, during lane changes, and when entering highways.
  • Keep an eye out for drowsy drivers and truck drivers whose irregular schedules may prevent them from quickly adjusting to the time change.

Doylestown Car Accident Lawyers at Falcon Law Firm, LLC Advocate for Those injured by Drowsy Drivers

If you were injured in a car accident caused by a drowsy driver, you may be eligible for compensation. Drowsy driving is dangerous, and the upcoming time change will cause the roads to become more hazardous as drivers adapt to the change. Our experienced Doylestown car accident lawyers at Falcon Law Firm, LLC provide skilled representation and will fight to get you the compensation you need to make a full recovery. Contact us online or call us at 732-660-1200 to schedule a free and confidential consultation about your case. With offices located in Oakhurst, Parlin, and Aberdeen, New Jersey, and Doylestown, Pennsylvania, we proudly serve clients in Belmar, Deal, Ocean Township, Point Pleasant, West Long Branch, Sayreville, Middlesex County, and Monmouth County, New Jersey, as well as Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

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