You won’t be surprised to hear me say the answer is ‘yes’! Just because you think a collision is ‘minor’ wait a few days. Often it’s not until days after an accident that you will begin to feel the physical (and emotional) effects.
I’m always amazed by the number of people that ‘walk away’ from significant high speed impacts. Conversely, I routinely see significant injuries in lower speed impacts. In my experience, there simply is not a direct correlation between the speed of impact and the injuries suffered.
Different people bring a lifetime of experience on their body to the moment of impact. As a result, no two people will respond the same way to the same impact.
There are a number of things that can have an effect on how you feel after the collision : the way that you are sitting at the moment of impact; whether your head is turned to the right or left; whether your foot is on the brake, etc.
Even if you don’t hire the lawyer after an initial consultation, it is worthwhile to get a ‘lay of the land’ and obtain some advice on what your rights and obligations are.