Common Car Accident Myths [Part 1 of 2]

October 30th, 2013 staff

A car accident can change your life in the matter of a second; you could be in pain for a very long time. It is important to have all of the facts that you can to handle the situation in the smartest way possible. There are several myths when it comes to car accidents that we plan on debunking in this post. 

 

  • If you feel that you are ok there is no need to be checked out by your doctor – After any accident, large or small it is best to be looked at by a doctor, many injuries may not appear immediately.  The worst part is that if you are not looked at immediately and discover something is wrong weeks after your accident, your insurance company may consider it fraud being that your claim is so late.

 

  • Seatbelts prevent whiplash injuries – It is true that seatbelts save lives, but they cannot prevent whiplash.  In many accidents the force is applied to the occupants of the vehicle, your trunk is held in place, but your head arcs back and forth in the accident, causing whiplash on some occasions if the seat and seatbelt are not adjusted appropriately.

 

  • If you believe the accident was your fault you should let the other driver know – you should only exchange the necessary information to the other driver. Any other thoughts should be left to your attorney.  Anything you say at the scene can be used against you later.

 

  • Pictures are the only record you need to keep after an accident – You should take many, many pictures of your car after an accident. You should also write down everything that you remember about the accident, no detail is too small to record.

Hopefully you will not have to use the facts that we have displayed here, but if you do, we want to make sure that you are as informed as possible. This way you are well prepared if you find yourself in this type of situation.

 

Daniel Vomhof III

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