Fender bender wrecks may not at first glance seem as severe as other types of wrecks. However, if you get into a fender bender, all of the same tips stated in our “What to Do in a Car Wreck” post still apply. You should still call the police and you should still report even minor car damage to your car insurance carrier. Sometimes, damage is done that can’t be seen (or heard) until later. Additionally, that damage to your vehicle – even minor damage – can still be quite costly.
A study done by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety revealed that when bumpers don’t match up, the lower-speed crashes created more damage and more expensive repairs than the usual fender bender. The study showed that when an SUV with a high bumper crashed into a regular-bumpered car at 10 mph, damages to both vehicles ranged from $2,995 to $7,444 (contingent upon the vehicles’ makes and models). But when a car crashed into an SUV, total damages ranged from $3,601 to $9,867.
On top of surprisingly pricey expenses to fix your car, you might experience whiplash or other types of pain in your neck, back, head, arms, chest, face, or other areas of your body. See a doctor if you experience any delayed pain after a collision and make your insurance company aware as well.
If you’ve been in a fender bender and are having difficulties with damage claims and expenses, medical issues, or any other related matter, please contact us for legal assistance.