What Happens When You Do Not File a Claim
A lot of commuters find themselves heading home in the usual bumper-to-bumper traffic. While they may be angry as they pass the accident that has caused the traffic, they should be glad no one was seriously injured. No one wants to be those people, especially in traffic on a Friday. But, if you’re like many people, you have felt that sudden jolt as the car behind you, who wasn’t paying attention and didn’t stop on time, smacks your vehicle from behind.
And while these accidents feel minor, you still need to pull over to the nearest shoulder. Even though it feels minor, you both have to pull over to the nearest shoulder. Most fender benders cause very little damage, but we get surprised when there is no apparent damage to either car every once in a while. No scratch or dent. What do you do in this situation? And if you were the at-fault driver, could there be a chance that the other driver involved will file a surprising claim?
Even if there is no visible damage or only tiny scratched or pain marks, there could be damaged being overlooked. This is also true for injuries to your body, like whiplash injuries that take a few days to develop.
If you exchange information and get back in your car and drive off, you have lost the ability to file a claim if the minor vehicle damage turns out to be worse than you thought or an injury to the body caused by accident begins to appear later on. Many people try to avoid reporting minor collisions to their insurance
companies for many reasons, including:
- Assuming their insurance rates will increase
- Assuming things can be “worked out” with the other driver without involving their insurance company
- Assuming there is nothing wrong (especially internally) after an accident
If you end up calling your insurance company and if you or someone you know has been injured due to another driver, it’s important not to wait until your problems worsen to ask for help. Call One Law Group now at (310) 923-9420 to speak with one of our knowledgeable personal injury attorneys. Personal injuries will happen when you least expect them, and it is expected not to be prepared. The attorneys at One Law Group in Beverly Hills are always prepared to go to work for you. Again, call (310) 923-9420 now!