Each year, there are 20 to 50 million people injured or disabled in car accidents and another one million or more killed. Therefore, there is a good chance that you are going to be involved in an accident at some point in your life. Therefore, you need to be able to know what's true and what's not when that time comes so that you can better handle the situation. So, here are three myths that you need to be aware of:
If You Are Not Immediately Hurt, You Cannot File a Lawsuit Later.
While it is always recommended to seek medical attention after an auto accident – even if you don't think you are hurt, you aren't required to. After all, some injuries don't appear until a considerable time after the accident. One such injury is whiplash. As long as you file a lawsuit within the statute of limitations that your state has set forth, you are allowed to wait to pursue legal action. If you wait until after that time, then you have no legal ground for a claim.
You Can Work Things Out With the Driver on Your Own.
To some extent, this may require that you admit that you were partially at fault. This is a huge mistake and something that you never want to do – even if you were partially at fault. If you get into a small fender bender with another driver, you will probably exchange information, especially about your insurance; however, if you get into a more serious accident, don't negotiate with the other driver. Instead, leave things to the police and seriously consider hiring legal counsel.
It Will Be Determined by the Police Who Was at Fault.
The police should always be called when an accident occurs. This way there is an official police report on file documenting exactly what happened. This will be beneficial for your insurance claim as well as if you end up going to court later on. However, it is important to understand that the police don't have the final say as to who is to blame for the collision. Ultimately, there will be a battle between the insurance companies, attorneys and the court. Therefore, it is crucial that you gather as much information as you can from the scene, including pictures, witness statements and any other evidence to help support your case and the police report.
If are ever involved in a auto collision, consider speaking to an auto accident attorney in your area to discuss your options. You can also click here to continue reading more about this topic.Share