Recently, you were rear-ended while driving along Florida’s roadways. You went to the doctor, just in case, and received a clean bill of health. Your car looks to have sustained little more than a cracked taillight, which means it is okay, right?
Carwise sheds a light on vehicle problems that are not immediately apparent after a rear-end collision. Better determine if you should hold a negligent party responsible for damages to your vehicle.
Poorly aligned wheels
Maybe you feel odd vibrations centered in your wheels when you drive, or perhaps the steering wheel shakes in your hands. Misaligned wheels also manifest as difficulty steering your car in a straight line.
Problems with your trunk
A rear-end accident could make it hard for you to lock your trunk. A trunk that refuses to stay closed and pops open while you drive could prove to be an extreme hazard. On the other hand, your trunk may close just fine, but you have difficulty opening it.
Your vehicle’s sound system may not perform the same after your accident. Problematic wiring could also leave you stranded on the side of the road because of a dead battery, or your brake and taillights may no longer work, which can lead to another accident.
Just because your car’s bumper looks fine does not mean the frame beneath is wholly intact. A bent car frame can eventually lead to your vehicle’s warning system sensors malfunctioning, which can impact airbag deployment. A compromised frame can worsen the damage of a future impact. That means the responsible party for your recent accident could bear some inadvertent responsibility for any injuries you sustain in a future accident.
This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.