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5 Common Car Accident Myths

Jul 06, 2018

Don’t Fall for These Common Car Accident Myths, Let Our Personal Injury Team Help You

If you haven’t been in a car accident in your lifetime, you have probably spoken to someone that has but how do you decipher car accident myths from facts and best practice? Unfortunately, car accidents are very common. Statistics report that there are up to 10 million car accidents every year in the U.S. While some of these accidents are fender benders, others can be very serious and even fatal. Because these accidents are so common, there is a lot of misinformation out there. Here are some common car accident myths to be aware of:

Car Accident Myth 1: If you’re not hurt, you don’t need to go to the hospital. If you’ve hurt been in an accident, it is always a good idea to get checked out by a doctor. In many cases, the effects of an injury won’t arise until a few days later. If you have an internal injury, prolonging care could lead to further damage. Also, documenting your injury is always a good idea should you need to make a claim down the road.

Car Accident Myth 2: I can handle my claim on my own. This is usually not a good idea. Keep in mind that the insurance company you will be dealing with is in business to make money and protect their interests. They may seem nice and can be very persuasive, but they aren’t on your side.

Car Accident Myth 3: Minor accidents can’t cause serious injuries. Don’t be fooled by this. Many serious injuries can initially look somewhat minor. Bruising, swelling and soreness could be the sign of something more serious. If you have any type of injury from a car accident, you should take it seriously and get it checked by a medical professional.

Car Accident Myth 4: You must give a recorded statement to the insurance company. The insurance company for the person who cause the wreck will try and put pressure on you. They will make you believe that they can’t settle your case until you have provided them with a recorded statement. You are not obligated to do this. In fact, it could harm your case. You could say something that will be detrimental to your case without realizing it. It’s always a good idea to speak to your lawyer before speaking with an insurance company.

Car Accident Myth 5: The person that hit you is obligated to pay your bills when they come due. In a car accident, no one is obligated to pay for anything unless the insurance company approves it or a court orders it. The insurance company involved will be defending their client and will be reluctant to pay. This is one of the reasons it is so important to have a lawyer protecting your legal interests and as you can see we always have your interests and needs at the top of our priorities.

Car accidents happen to the best of us. Should you or a loved one be involved in a car accident, don’t take matters into your own hands. If your accident was due to the negligence of another, it is important that you contact us for guidance. You deserve to be compensated for your medical bills, lost income and your pain and suffering. Come in for a FREE consultation. We can answer your questions and assess the facts of your case. If we decide you have a claim and you want to hire us, we will take your case on a contingency basis. This means you don’t pay until we recover compensation on your behalf.