3 MORE Auto Accident Myths You Thought Were True

August 25, 2016 @ 9:33 am

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A car accident can be a jolt in more ways than one. If you cannot avoid a collision, then at least avoid the unpleasant shock these common auto accident myths perpetuate.

Myth #1: If you can walk away from the car, you are probably fine.

Some injuries are not immediately life-threatening, but they can still have a lasting impact. Internal bleeding, for example, may not exhibit any external symptoms until hours or even days after the accident. Neck and spine injuries may actually get worse with time, leading to headaches, stiffness and chronic pain. Overall, this pain can be a useful symptom, but it should never be considered the sole indication of an injury. Always consider getting examined by a medical professional following an accident.

Myth #2: It is best to let the insurance company handle the case.

While the insurance company should be involved with the aftermath of an accident, it is important not to put all of your eggs in one basket. Even if your insurance provider is reliable, it is not in the company’s interest to lobby on your behalf. If you are injured in an accident, you should consult a personal injury lawyer to determine whether you will need representation throughout your claim.

Myth #3: Insurance payments will cover the cost of a new car.

Insurance providers are required to reimburse you after an accident. However, providers do not necessarily have to pay you enough to buy a new car. Most of the time, insurance providers are only required to reimburse you for the market value of the car at the time of the accident. This may make it impossible to buy a new car without paying extra or downgrading. Worst of all, if you still owe a significant amount of money on your car loan, the insurance payout may not be enough to cover the remainder.

If you or someone you know is involved in an auto accident at no fault of your own, seek legal counsel to insure you are receiving appropriate compensation for your damages and injuries. The team at MMRB&H has over 40 years of personal injury law experience. Visit our site to learn more about your legal options.