You need a Tampa Auto Injury Attorney if You Recently Sustained an Injury From a Low-Speed Collision in the Tampa Bay Metro Area
What is a Slow Moving Vehicle in Florida?
A slow moving vehicle is classified as a vehicle that is going less than 10 miles per hour. A collision from that speed could be an accident where one party is rear ended or there is a crash at a turn of an intersection. Even though the vehicles are slow moving, an auto accident no matter the speed could be serious so it’s important to take any collision seriously if it happens.
Possible Injuries from Rear End and Intersection Accidents
Many Floridians might see the phrase “low-speed collision” and assume that there wouldn’t be any serious injuries from these types of auto accidents. Actually, that can’t be farther from the truth because these accidents often cause injuries to the neck, shoulder, back, chest, and head. Those areas of the human body are susceptible to get injured, and they can leave the victim with chronic pain and soreness for the rest of their life.
The most common injury from these types of collisions is whiplash. Whiplash involves the neck and head and is caused by the sudden and violent movement of the head in a forward then back motion usually within the span of only one second. Whiplash happens fast and may cause long-term injuries depending on the severity / specifics of the auto accident. (whiplash is a very common injury in rear-end collisions) The sign / symptoms of a whiplash related injury can occur up to 24 hours after the occurrence. Remember that you may have a rush of adrenaline right after an auto accident. Keep these symptoms in mind:
- Neck stiffness and pain
- Low back and shoulder pain
- Lack of concentration
- Memory problems
- Trouble sleeping
- Reduced range of motion
Other possible injuries can include damage to the head, such as concussions, hematomas and skull fractures. There is also a chance of injury to your soft tissues. Sprains and tears can affect the skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments. There are a lot of health risks related to low-speed auto collisions. After the accident, even if you think you are ok, we recommend a health checkup or physical examination by a physician to fully examine your body for possible injuries.
Timing is Everything in Florida Personal Injury Law
It’s important in the State of Florida to seek medical attention within two weeks of the accident or else your insurer will deny your claim. It’s essential to note that you may feel fine at the scene of an accident due to the subsequent adrenaline rush, but be sure to monitor your status when it wears off to take note of injuries and report them. Documentation is very important. We recommend taking photos and notes during the hours and days after your accident.
What to Do After an Auto Accident in the Tampa Bay Metro Area
- Come to a complete and full stop at the side of the road if you can
- If you determine someone is injured call 911 immediately and request medical attention. Remember not to move them if they are not in immediate life threatening danger from their position
- Call the police
- Exchange information such as name, date of birth, address and vehicle registration with others involved in the crash and give your information to the police if they show up as well.
- Take pictures of the accident which could help down the line in court (or in negotiations with corporate insurance claim adjusters / companies)
- When you are able to, seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Have your physician document the visit for your records.
- Contact a Tampa auto injury attorney.
Do You Need an Auto Injury Attorney? Contact Franco Law Group
If you or a loved one is involved in an auto accident, it can be very stressful and draining no matter the circumstances. Franco Law Group is here to help you figure out your next steps and assist you in any way we can. If you have any questions or would like to talk more, please feel free to contact us at (813) 873-0180. We look forward to representing Floridians involved in auto accidents (whether the accident was high-speed or low-speed).