Car accidents can be traumatizing events, even when nobody is seriously injured. When fatalities are involved, they can change the lives of surviving loved ones. One Oklahoma woman, Izzy Kitterman, discovered this when a truck accident claimed the lives of some of her family members. After going through physical therapy, she started her own jewelry line where each piece contains a Bible verse that helped her get through the traumatic experience.
The moments after a car accident are some of the most important. There are plenty of misconceptions that exist that could potentially hurt your claim and affect the compensation you receive. If you ever find yourself in an auto accident, then do not fall for these common myths.
Myth #1: You do not have to see a doctor unless you have significant injuries
Exchanging insurance information and talking to the police is tough enough. Going to see your physician may seem like an additional step you do not want to take if you feel fine. However, it could take several days for symptoms to appear. At that point, you may feel terrible, so you will be better off seeing a doctor and starting any necessary treatments as soon as possible.
Myth #2: You should not call the police
Even if you hold some liable with the collision, you want to contact authorities to try to get them out to the scene. In less severe accidents, the cops may not always show up, but you should try anyway. If you can acquire a police report, then it makes for a great piece of evidence in your claims process.
Myth #3: A passenger injured in a car accident cannot file a claim
Even passengers have legal rights after a car accident. They can file claims against the responsible party, including the driver of the vehicle the passenger was in. Passengers should feel free to file claims even in instances where the driver is a family member or close friend. Passengers need to think of their well-being and do whatever is necessary to receive compensation.