Common Myths About Car Accident Claims

There are quite a few myths and misconceptions out there when it comes to what you should do after getting injured in a motor vehicle accident. While there is never a one-size-fits all approach to apply to every crash aftermath, it is typically a good idea to contact an attorney to find out what your options are.

Some of the most common myths include:

I don’t need a lawyer to represent me.

You are highly likely to benefit from hiring an attorney if you have been injured in a serious motor vehicle accident resulting in damages. The most minor fender bender may not require legal services, as long as no injuries were caused. In a serious crash, the victim is usually facing astronomical medical bills, loss of income, and extreme pain and suffering. You deserve an experienced advocate on your side. The attorney knows how to navigate the claims process and bring your case to court if necessary.

Insurance companies always offer fair settlements.

Not necessarily. While it’s possible to get a fair settlement right off the bat from the insurer, it’s also possible to be low balled or outright denied. You may not have a good idea of what your claim is actually worth. An experienced accident lawyer helps you determine if a claim is a better way to pursue maximum compensation.

The other driver and I can come to an agreement on our own.

This is really never a good idea. After getting in a crash, you shouldn’t discuss fault, apologize or haggle with the other motorist. Doing so could result in not getting adequate compensation for your injury. Instead, you should consult an attorney before agreeing to anything offered by the other driver or their insurance company.

There’s not necessarily a clear wrong or right thing to do in every situation. Like most things, it varies. One of the best choices you can make to get more information is to speak with an attorney.

If you were injured in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, please search our directory for a lawyer in your area.