You are probably going to be in about four car crashes over the course of your lifetime if you are like the average driver, researchers have discovered.
While, for most people, this will mean getting into a fender bender every now and again, in some cases, the traffic accidents will be far more serious, possibly resulting in severe injuries and significant property damage.
In the aftermath of a car accident, understanding your rights and options can be the key you need to getting on the path to recovery. To this end, below, we will reveal the truth behind common auto accident myths so that you are not misinformed and so that you don’t end up compromising your rights after a collision.
Have You Been Swayed by Any of These Car Accident Myths?
1 – I don’t need to call police or see a doctor after a car wreck.
The fact is that you really should take these steps after an auto collision because:
- Calling the cops will trigger a police investigation and an official accident report, both of which can generate important info regarding possible negligence, etc.
- Seeing a doctor will mean that your injuries get diagnosed ASAP. This too will be important to verifying the extent of the physical damage caused by the wreck.
2 – I was the victim of a hit-and-run, so I’m out of luck when it comes to compensation.
Although some victims of hit-and-runs may be left without many options for recovery, the above statement certainly does not apply in all situations. This is because, for those who have uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage as part of their auto insurance policies, filing a claim with their own company can result in them getting compensation following hit-and-run accidents.
Similarly, we want to note that, for those without UM/UIM coverage, there may still be ways to identify and track down the responsible driver.
3 – My insurance provider will look out for me when it’s time to file a claim.
This is, unfortunately, not the norm, as insurance providers are on their own side, looking out for their business and bottom lines.
This means that insurers may go to some lengths to try to reduce the value of claims, if not deny them altogether. This also means that it’s important for victims to understand their rights and entitlements so they know when to turn down low-ball settlement offers, pursue appeals or even file lawsuits to obtain the compensation to which they are entitled.
4 – I don’t need to consult a lawyer after an auto crash.
Well, you don’t need to if you are not serious about getting compensation or if you want to gamble with your financial recovery.
If, however, you are intent on getting the compensation you deserve, consulting with an attorney will be critical, as an experienced car accident lawyer can:
- Inform you of your rights and options
- Evaluate your claim and determine if you may have been subject to insurance bad faith
- Help you protect and advocate your rights moving forward so you are able to secure the full amount of compensation to which you may be entitled.
Contact a Littleton Car Accident Lawyer at Bahr, Kreidle & Flicker
For experienced help with your financial recovery after an auto wreck, contact a Littleton car accident lawyer at Bahr, Kreidle & Flicker. Since 1983, we have been fighting on behalf of injured people and aggressively standing up against injustice, inequality and intolerance.
To get more information about your potential case and rights, meet with us for a free, no obligations initial consultation. Set up this meeting today by calling us at (303) 794-7422 or emailing us using the form on this page.
From our law offices in Littleton, we represent clients throughout Colorado, including in the Denver Metro Area, Arapahoe County, Adams County, Jefferson County and the cities of Lakewood, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Castle Rock, Westminster, Centennial and Aurora.