Myths are powerful things. Depending on the nature of these falsehoods, they may be harmless or can adversely affect people’s lives. When these myths are about car accidents and their aftermath, they increase your chances of getting into an accident, prolong your recovery from injury, and adversely affect your insurance payment or settlement in a lawsuit.
Seat Belts Will Trap You In A Car After An Accident
If there is a need to rapidly exit a car because it is on fire or has fallen in deep water, a seat belt improves your chances of getting out. Not wearing a seat belt means you will have broken bones, serious internal injuries, or be unconscious. All of these conditions make it highly unlikely that you will escape the car in time.
Hands Free Cell Phone Use Is Safer
Cell phone distraction is not caused by the act of holding the cell phone to your head. It is caused by the conversation. This takes your mind off of your driving. Instead of anticipating someone cutting you off or anticipating a car running a red light as you enter an intersection, your mind is engaged elsewhere.
If You Feel OK After An Accident, Then You Are
The brain is capable of suppressing pain after a traumatic accident. This is especially true for soft tissue injuries. It also takes time for injured tissue to become inflamed. This inflammation causes pain and swelling to increase. In the minutes or hours immediately after an accident, your adrenaline has not completely worn off and the body’s normal inflammation response to soft tissue injury has not had enough time to take effect. Neck injuries commonly take hours before the victim notices them.
Always Contact Your Insurance Company First
The information you give to your insurance company affects your claim. People often say the wrong things when they are upset, in shock, or do not have all the facts about the accident. While you are required to contact your insurance company, the advice of a Dana Point car accident lawyer ensures that what you say will not hurt your case. Insurance companies lose money when they make payments. This motivates many of them to “low-ball” their customers. Get a lawyer’s advice first before contacting your insurance company.
If you are injured in an accident because of another’s recklessness or negligence, don’t settle for an insurance payout. Insurance only reduces your monetary loss. It does not fully compensate you for your pain and suffering or lost wages. This can only be accomplished with the help of an experienced lawyer. Contact us at Silverthorne Attorneys today for a free consultation.