Myth 1: Ignoring injuries because they seem minor.
Some people leave the crash and think that they can escape all injury since they haven’t felt any pain.
Almost all of us associate car accident injuries with severe car crashes. These major damages are mostly cars bursting on fire, flipping over, and broken windshields. A minor crash won’t hurt at all. But, always remember, the car damage doesn’t resemble your injuries. You should keep in mind that some injuries may take a few days or weeks to show. Go to the nearest hospital and have yourself checked out.
Myth 2: No information must be exchanged if the accident is just a minor one.
“It’s just a minor damage”
“No need for that, just let this one slip out”
“Forget it, no one’s hurt and we’re safe anyways”
We all want no drama, and we just want to have a calm conversation, especially in a scenario like this. However, you need to follow the usual protocol. Even if the accident was minor, failing to pull over and report it could land you in a lot of legal trouble. You never know what the other driver is thinking, and if they decide to report it, a police investigation will be underway, and you’ll probably be taking the brunt of the blame.
All accidents, no matter how big or small, need to be handled in the same way.
You must immediately pull over to check for injuries. Keep track of the date, time, and location.
Make sure the other driver is okay before getting out. Start exchanging details without taking responsibility or admitting fault.
Myth 3: There is no need to report the incident to the police if it’s a minor car crash.
You could face legal consequences if you fail to file a police report. Regardless of whether the accident resulted in minor damage or no injuries, the driver is required by law to stop at the scene. The act of fleeing the scene can result in misdemeanor charges. Especially if there are injuries, a lot of damage to either car, or you think the other driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, call the police.
Completely tell the police what happened, but don’t say anything about who was to blame or admit fault.
Make sure witnesses talk to the police or get their contact information.
Don’t try to follow the driver if they get away from the scene. Instead, learn the plate number and other important information. Photograph the scene and inquire about the witnesses’ contact information if you have a phone with you. In the event of a car accident, talk to the driver about the details of the vehicle and their insurance. After the accident, notify the insurance company and see a doctor.
Myth 4: Don’t get a lawyer; it’s too expensive and not worth it
Working with lawyers maybe isn’t cheap. This is a problem because it frequently leads people to believe that lawyers aren’t worth the money. However, this is entirely contingent on the scenario’s outcome and the protection you will receive in the interim. Let’s say that you need to go to court because of this car accident. It’s possible that you’ve been blamed in some way. It’s possible that you want to be compensated. You need assistance and help you represent yourself in the courtroom.
It’s always worth consulting a lawyer in these situations. It is in your best interest to seek advice even if you are unsure whether a case should proceed to court. This is especially true if the accident has caused you minor or major injuries. It is unfair that you are responsible for your injuries if the accident was not your fault. Compensation should be sought after a personal injury is taken seriously.