4 Common Car Accidents Myths You Should Stop Believing
As personal injury attorneys serving the Pinellas County area since 1955, we’ve heard a lot of car accidents myths throughout the years! Here are four car accident myths that you might have heard—and why you should think before believing them.
Your insurance will cover everything
Many people believing that their insurance company will be fully on their side after a car accident, especially if they are not at-fault in the accident. Unfortunately, some insurance companies want to get away with paying injured people as little as possible, and might urge car accident victims to accept a smaller settlement or one that does not fully cover their financial needs to cover medical bills, lots wages, and other accident-related expenses. It might seem easier to let your insurance handle everything after an accident, but you might miss out on much-needed compensation.
The other driver will have insurance
Similarly, you cannot always rely on the other driver’s insurance. In fact, 13% of all motorists are uninsured, according to Insurance Information Institute. That’s one out of every eight drivers! When you are injured in an accident involving an uninsured motorist, it can be more difficult to find financial compensation.
If you only have minor injuries, you don’t need to seek medical attention.
This is a prevalent—and dangerous—car accident myth. Many injuries, including whiplash and other soft tissue injuries, can take days or even weeks to manifest, and can lead to serious pain if not properly diagnosed. While an injury might seem minor, it’s always important to seek medical attention after a car accident. A doctor can diagnose injuries before they become worse, which can save money on medial bills or lost wages down the line.
After a minor car accident, you don’t need to consult an attorney
After a minor accident, it might not seem like you need the help of an experienced car accident attorney. However, even for a minor fender-bender, determining liability and finding compensation can still be a complex process. Even if you don’t think you need an attorney, it’s still a smart idea to have an initial consultation to go over the facts of your case. They can help you determine any complications that may arise after your car accident, and can be there to see you through each step of the way if you decide to hire them to take your case.
The attorneys at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes represent those involved in car accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and other types of personal injury matters. Our firm is one of the oldest personal injury law firms in Tampa Bay. There are no attorneys’ fees or costs unless we prevail for you. Call our office 24 hours a day at 727-796-8282 or simply click here to schedule a free case consultation.