Were You in a Fender Bender in Baltimore? Call Us for Help
The term fender bender refers to a relatively minor car collision that often takes place at low speeds and does not cause significant vehicle damage. Fender benders are common in heavy traffic when a drivers stop paying adequate attention to the movement of the vehicles in front of them, and this commonly results in slow-speed rear-end collisions. In fact, fender bender is often used synonymously with a rear-end crash.
While people in fender benders are lucky to escape without more drastic damage, a fender bender can still cause many problems. You may still need to get your car repaired, which can cost a lot of money—even for simple scratches or dents on the bumper. In addition, fender benders still have the potential to cause injuries that require medical treatments and plague you for weeks or months after the collision.
If you were in a fender bender, always discuss your rights with an experienced Baltimore car accident attorney. We can assist with any insurance claims and ensure you receive the payment you deserve after even a minor accident. Call the Law Offices of Randolph Rice for help today.
Who Caused Your Fender Bender?
Fender benders often take place when another driver makes an error and crashes into your car. A fender bender can also involve you colliding with a car in front of you if that driver made a sudden error or erratic driving maneuver. Examples of driver negligence that can lead to fender benders include:
- Distracted driving
- Not looking before making a turn
- Following too closely
- Improperly merging
- Running a stop sign or stoplight
- Failing to yield
- Cutting off another driver by improperly changing lanes
- Failing to signal
- Suddenly braking for no reason
If another driver caused your accident, you may obtain compensation for your property damage and injuries, depending on your individual situation.
Whiplash and Other Common Fender Bender Injuries
A car that hits you—even at slower speeds—can jolt your body, throwing your head sharply forward and then back, causing the soft tissue in your neck to stretch. This can cause strains or sprains to neck muscles, ligaments, or tendons—conditions called whiplash. Whiplash can result in serious pain and require physical therapy for long periods of time. Other injuries that fender benders can cause include:
- Burns or fractures from airbags
- Leg sprains or strains, especially in the knees
All of these injuries can result in medical bills and even lost income if they cause you to miss work.
Discuss Your Accident with the Baltimore Fender Bender Law firm of Randolph Rice
After a fender bender, the Law Offices of Randolph Rice can help you seek proper compensation from either the negligent driver’s insurance company, from your own personal injury protection (PIP) insurance, or both. Please call today for a free consultation at (410) 694-7291 or contact us online.