Five Auto Accident Myths Everyone Thinks Are True

April 6, 2015 @ 1:26 pm

Car AccidentIn addition to recovering from an auto accident, you may have to deal with disappointment when you find out certain generalizations you believed about accidents are not true. However, even if you have never been involved in an auto accident, you may have heard a few myths you think are fact. Let’s debunk the following myths so if you are ever in an auto accident, you don’t find yourself under false suppositions.

Myth #1 – Settlements will make you rich.

Every case is unique. Therefore, the outcome of your case will most likely be different than the person you know who was in a similar accident. Even if you incur injuries, you are not guaranteed any form of compensation. An experienced attorney should guide you through your case and explain the value of your case based on your specific situation.

Myth #2 – You have to provide a statement to the other driver’s insurance company.

Many insurance companies will ask for statements following an accident. While every situation is different, a recorded statement will often be used against you in your case. Speak to a knowledgeable personal injury attorney before providing a written or recorded statement to any party.

Myth #3 – Any lawyer is equipped to handle my case.

The laws regarding personal injury cases change regularly. Consequently, not just any attorney can defend you and create a strong case. You want to research attorneys who specialize in auto accidents and have a successful and reputable record.

Myth #4 – My insurance rates will rise if I make a claim.

If you are injured in an accident through no fault of your own, insurers will almost never raise your rates. In fact, if you make a claim against your uninsured/underinsured motorist carrier for a no-fault accident, the law prohibits your insurance from raising its rates.

Myth #5 – Only people in severely damaged cars have significant injuries.

The amount of damage to the car does not necessarily signify the degree of injuries inflicted on drivers and passengers. Variable other than car speed and impact can create significant injuries. Some of these injuries can surface weeks after the accident.

Remember… don’t always believe what you hear. Believing these myths can lead to a road of disappointment.