Getting into an auto accident is stressful and traumatic. Between the misinformation from the internet, friends, loved ones, and the personal injuries you might have sustained, it’s hard to know where to start.
We Houston auto accident attorneys at Lapeze and Johns take your accidents seriously. Our team of personal injury attorneys is always here to help alleviate some of the stress and dispel the myths surrounding personal injury claims.
We understand that misinformation can cause undue stress on your already stressed-out body. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of myths about truck accident personal injury claims you need to know before doing any other research.
The Truth Behind the Myths
1. I’m Fine, Really
Even if you’ve been in a minor accident, it’s imperative that you seek a medical professional as soon as you are capable.
Many injuries can take days, weeks, or even months to show symptoms, and by then, it’s too late to file a report if one’s already been closed. Some of these injuries can be severe enough to put you in physical therapy for quite a while or even require surgery to be fixed.
By consulting with a doctor, you take that risk out of the equation.
2. Laws Are Laws
One very common misconception is that laws carry over from state to state. Many states have different and sometimes conflicting laws. It’s important to research the laws in your own state, as well as those in any state you plan on driving in.
• Some states may require you to carry liability insurance while others do not.
• Some states have different laws regarding who is at fault. In an “at-fault” state, for example, juries and insurance companies pay very close attention to who caused the accident, and to what degree. These decisions can drastically affect your settlement compensation offer and appeals in your case.
3. I Can Do It on My Own
Many people think that they can handle the insurance companies and the court cases on their own, but the fact is that an experienced car accident attorney can drastically enhance the outcome of your case because they know their way around the block.
At Lapeze and Johns, for instance, we have plenty of experience handling insurance companies and know what to say and what documentation is needed in order to procure you the best possible outcome for your case.
Insurance companies have profits and bottom dollar in mind when they handle cases like yours, but we take a personal approach to your specific needs and look at everything on a case-by-case basis, making sure that you have the best outcome possible.
4. It’s Just a Scratch, It’ll Be Alright
No matter the size of the accident you get in, it’s very important that you pull over and file a police report. As we’ve stated previously, sometimes the smallest of accidents can cause huge medical problems down the line, for you or the other driver. It’s important to have a detailed record of what happened so that if a claim does arise, you’ll be covered.
In some cases, fleeing from the scene of a wreck, no matter how small, can be grounds for a misdemeanor charge, which will follow you a lot longer than the dent in your rig will.
Also important to note: If the other person drives off, do not follow them. Simply obtain what information you can glean from their car, such as the make and model of the vehicle, and a license plate, and file a report on your own. By leaving the paper trail for yourself, you’ve saved yourself a lot of trouble down the road.
5. Money Is More Important Than Sleep
We understand that these are tough times, but opting for less sleep so that you can be back on the road is just not worth it. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration sets strict guidelines for how much truck drivers should sleep and take breaks for a reason.
Drivers who are drowsy or deprived of sleep are statistically more likely to get into a serious auto accident than those who are adequately rested. Please make sure to take care of yourself properly so that others on the road don’t pay for your mistakes.
These are just some of the myths we dispel at Lapeze and Johns, but there are countless others.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in an auto accident, please don’t hesitate to contact us so that we can assist you. If you need experienced and motivated accident attorneys who are invested in the best possible outcome, please make sure to call our offices today. We’re here and more than happy to help with your auto and truck accident needs.