On behalf of Mike Clancy
From a small fender bender to a multi-vehicle crash, there is a wide spectrum of car accidents. Some certainly appear more serious than others, making the decision to seek assistance from a personal injury attorney a more obvious one.
Take a multi-vehicle collision that occurred in Chicago this past weekend. In the very early hours of Sunday morning, Oct. 20, five vehicles were brought together by chance and possibly even a little negligence on the part of one or more drivers.
At approximately 2:15 a.m., all five vehicles became tangled together. Chicago Police News Affairs reported that three of the vehicles had been moving at the time and two had been parked alongside the street. As a result of the collision, eleven people were injured and taken to nearby hospitals.
As noted above, this accident clearly involves injury and clearly involves at least the possibility of a personal injury lawsuit for compensation. What about those less obvious car accidents? We’ve all seen them or maybe even been involved in what we would consider a fender bender.
In some of these seemingly less serious accidents, drivers may not even exchange insurance information. This is a mistake. Say that you have been rear-ended by another vehicle. You may feel fine and the damage may seem insignificant enough that you’ll probably even avoid filing a claim.
The problem in this case is that once you leave the accident scene, you may not be able to ever determine the identity of the other driver. What if it isn’t until later that you feel pressure or pain in your neck? What if a doctor diagnoses a whiplash injury? In any case, that old adage of “better safe than sorry” fits. Get the information; it is better to have it and not have to use it, than to need it and not have it.
Source: NBC Chicago, “11 injured in 5-Car Crash in Bucktown,” Oct. 20, 2013