Car accidents happen all the time, but somehow myths often prevail over fact, despite the ubiquitous nature of these events. It is important to separate fact from fiction, however. No one ever plans for an accident, but they happen all the same, and understanding them better is the first step to being more prepared to deal with the aftermath of being involved in this unfortunate situation.
Debunking the Myths
- You cannot sue for injuries if you are not hurting after the accident. Many injuries related to car accidents do not develop noticeable symptoms right away. In fact, some can take weeks or even months before symptoms ever arise. As long as the statute of limitations has not run out on your case, you can file a personal injury claim. It is important to note that, even if you do not feel hurt, you should still see a doctor immediately. Head injuries can be quite serious, but are often not accompanied by symptoms after an accident. A doctor can properly examine you and determine an effective path for recovery.
- I can work it out with the other driver. This strategy begins with good intentions, but is a terrible mistake, especially if there are serious injuries and damages involved. It is often easy to impulsively apologize and admit fault under such circumstances, even if the accident was not your fault. Avoid this mistake and contact an attorney.
- The police will be able to determine who was at fault. You should always call the police to the scene of an accident, especially if there are significant injuries or damages involved. Having a police report is an important element to have in your case, but you cannot expect them to do assign blame in the accident. That is not their job. Insurance companies, lawyers, and courts will argue and battle over liability.
- My insurance company will take care of it. Insurance something we are all legally required to have, but your policy might not cover everything, and are often not in a rush to pay for what is covered. You should also be wary in your dealings with the at-fault driver’s insurance company or attorneys. Their interest is to see that you get paid as little as possible and will do what they can to achieve this goal.
- I do not need a lawyer to file an injury claim. Minor accidents do not typically require the advice of an attorney, but in cases where there is a dispute regarding who is at fault, the extent of the damages, or enforcing payment, it is best to have a skilled and experienced attorney at your side. Even if you are planning to settle your claim out of court, an attorney can help deal with the at-fault party’s insurance company and ensure you are not being taken advantage of.
Woodbridge Car Accident Attorneys
If you have been injured in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence, you will need skilled counsel to help protect your rights. At Palmisano & Goodman, P.A., our Woodbridge trial lawyers advise and represent those who have suffered injuries in a wide range of car accidents, including those related to drunk driving, rear end collisions, and rollovers. In order to get an accurate view of the value of your personal injury case, it is crucial to work with a legal team who knows what to look for. With more than 40 years of experience in practice, our attorneys have the resources and knowledge to help you obtain fair compensation for your injuries.
Contact us today at (732) 709-4400 to make an appointment for a free consultation.