Sustaining a car crash can be a traumatic event for anyone. Most are not at their best, physically or emotionally, during the time following their accident. It is important to get correct information from a knowledgeable source. Do not rely on advice from well-meaning friends and relatives, as many people harbor misconceptions about the best way to deal with an accident.
Some myths are particularly harmful, and following them can jeopardize your ability to obtain the full extent of the recovery you may need.
1. If I am not hospitalized, I am probably fine
Some believe an accident is not serious if it does not involve highly dramatic injuries. However, just because you went home from the emergency room does not mean you are just fine. Some of the most severe injuries, including traumatic brain injury, may only show symptoms hours, days or even weeks after an accident. Avoid telling anyone you are doing okay – at this point, you simply do not know that. Watch for even seemingly minor changes in your physical and emotional health and follow up with a physician.
2. The insurance adjuster will look out for me
Whether you speak to your insurer or the other driver’s, do not make the mistake of thinking these companies have your best interests at heart. While you worry about getting medical treatment and recouping lost earnings, they worry about losing money if they pay you too much. Insurance representatives may push you to accept settlements before you even have a chance to get a comprehensive medical check-up. Avoid making statements to insurance companies before you consult your attorney.
3. I did something wrong, so I cannot get damages
Sometimes, both drivers in a car accident contribute to causing the incident. Even if you also made a mistake, you may still recover damages so long as you were not more than 50 percent at fault. Most people are not in a position to calculate fault percentages on the spot. Speaking with an experienced attorney can give you a more realistic picture of what you can expect.