There are those car accidents which always make the headlines – fiery crashes, overturned vehicles and ambulances rushing victims away with police surrounding the scene. Car accidents like this are obviously going to be devastating. However, even low-speed accidents where no obvious injury results need to be taken seriously. Certain types of accident injuries may not be immediately apparent, yet may have serious long-term consequences.
Accidents of the latter nature are often referred to as fender-benders and usually do not require a police investigation, although a police report is made available where appropriate and necessary. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police are instituting a new policy with regards to these “minor” traffic accidents in which there is no obvious personal injury directly resulting from the crash. This new regulation may require those who are in less severe car accidents to write up their own incident reports. Perhaps the reasoning behind the change is that it will free up officers to handle other more pressing matters.
Even when the police are not involved in investigating an accident, the parties involved should still exchange insurance information and should be aware of their legal rights should injury symptoms develop. Whiplash symptoms, for example, may take a few days or more to appear, and even then the headaches, stiffness in the neck and back pain may not be interpreted as signs of a serious injury. Left untreated, however, whiplash may result in chronic pain and may leave victims at increased risk of further injury to the back and neck.
Car accidents vary in degree and it seems as though the authorities are moving toward handling car crashes based on how serious an accident appears to be to the untrained, non-medical eye. Yet, one should always consider his or her legal rights when he or she is involved in a crash. A Las Vegas attorney can be vital in recovering compensation for injuries suffered in an accident, thereby helping the victim get back to his or her normal life.