If you are not injured and your vehicle has minor damage, you can handle your claim with the insurance company yourself. But remember, even if there is minor damage to your car, you can still suffer bodily harm and injury. Car bumpers and parts of the car body are now much better than years ago at minimizing the impact of a collision on the vehicle. So just because your car isn’t badly damaged doesn’t mean your body hasn’t suffered any physical trauma. According to Newton’s Law of Motion, if no force is applied to an object, if the object is standing still, it will continue to move at the same speed if it is moving. Your body is also still in motion at the time of impact and is moving at the same speed as your vehicle. If the other driver’s vehicle crashes into your vehicle, it causes your vehicle and body to slow down suddenly and absorb all this kinetic energy. Therefore, vehicle accidents that you think are minor can also cause bodily harm.
Another factor to consider in a minor accident is the type of vehicle you were driving at the time of the accident. If you are in a large vehicle such as a truck and the other driver hit you with a small economic vehicle, your vehicle will probably have little or no visible damage. In these situations, it is important to point to the other driver’s vehicle and show the damage to the other vehicle to show and prove the severity of the crash to the insurance company.
Remember, accidents with minor impact and damage can also cause soft tissue injuries. For example, traumas called whiplash caused by violent shaking of the head and spine in a car accident, such as spinal injury. Minor accidents with this type of damage are also known as MIST (Minor-Impact-Soft-Tissue). It is difficult to prove that such accidents, which we call MIST, caused your bodily injuries. Experienced car accident lawyers from Houston know very well how to handle such cases.