Top 10 Crazy Car Accident Myths 2017-03-08T23:37:23+00:00

What You do After a Car Accident Matters

The moments proceeding a car accident can have a direct impact on how your case evolves.  It is important that you seek medical help and contact our lawyers right away.

Top 10 Crazy Car Accident Ideas

Its time to put car accident myths to rest. The shock of a car accident is disorienting at best, but it is imperative that you endeavor to keep a clear head. One thing that can be a huge help is being familiar with how to handle an accident, what to do and not to do, before you find yourself in that situation.

Have a few things ready so you will be able to protect your rights in the event you are in an accident. This preparation should be based on accurate information. People have some crazy ideas about car accidents, often based on insufficient information or hearsay.

Let us set the record straight so you can be truly prepared.

WRONG

Even with a small impact injuries can occur, but the shock of the accident may keep those involved from being aware of the injuries until later. Without an accident report made by an officer, though, the chances of receiving compensation for any injuries, even minor ones, drastically decreases. Thus, you should immediately call the police if you’ve been in a car accident, regardless of how large or small it is. Whenever possible, do not move the vehicles until after the police have arrived. You want to get together with the other driver and exchange information like:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone Number
  • Work Phone
  • Drivers License Number
  • Insurance Company & Policy Number
  • Vehicle License Plate Number (and VIN if possible)
  • All Witness Names, Phone Numbers, and Addresses

WRONG

That may sound like an inappropriate activity, but it is actually very important to take pictures of the accident scene and both vehicles. You need to do this ASAP because accident scenes can change very rapidly once the time starts passing (weather conditions, time of day, etc.). If there are any visible injuries, it is important to take pictures of these as well.

NOT TRUE

Immediately go and see your doctor, even if you feel absolutely fine. Your physical condition at that time needs to be recorded by a qualified physician. Many injuries resulting from vehicle accidents will not manifest immediately, and show up much later. When you see your doctor there will be a permanent record of anything that may possibly be related to your accident.

FALSE

Regardless of who is at fault, notify your own insurance company right away; it will make the process faster and easier for you. You are the one who needs to deal with your insurance company if you carry collision insurance. Insurance companies want to promptly settle your property damage in fair fashion just as much as you do. If you are found not to be at fault, then your insurance rates should not be raised and the other person’s insurance company will have to reimburse your deductible costs.

NO

If you have suffered an injury, promptly inform the insurance company of the other person involved. However, you are not obligated in any legal way to reveal any detailed information regarding your personal injuries. Revealing too much information can in fact hurt your case later. Unless you are a doctor, you should not discuss your medical condition or the nature of your injuries with the other person’s insurance company. Your medical bills should be submitted to YOUR insurance company only. They have the responsibility to make sure you are reimbursed by the insurance company of the other person or persons involved.

NOT NECESSARILY

Do not give statements to policemen or anybody else if your head is not clear. Only after you feel good enough should you give your statement to an officer who is at the scene. Never give any kind of statements, written or oral, to the insurance provider of the other person. They are able to get their own copy of your statement and a report from your insurance company.

FALSE

Never sign any kind of authorization agreement that the other insurance company sends you unless instructed to do so by your attorney. Many times that authorization will release them to read all your employment and medical records. You are within your rights to inquire exactly which records they are wanting to see. You may provide them with only the records you feel are relative to the case.

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If you or someone you know has been injured in an auto accident, or caught driving with suspended license in Atlanta GA, we here at the Law Offices of Matthew C. Hines would like to extend you a No-obligation FREE consultation to see what we can do for you.

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