You have a lot to deal with after a car crash leaves you injured, and you have no time for misinformation. Accordingly, it is important to be aware that friends, relatives, co-workers, or even strangers may say some well-meaning, but inaccurate things after they learn that you were hurt in a car accident.
Don’t Believe Everything That You Hear
Instead, it is important to know the truth about the following myths:
Myth 1: If you have insurance, then you will be automatically compensated for your injuries
The truth: Insurance companies maximize their profits by paying out as little as possible in claims. Thus, whether it is your own insurance company or someone else’s insurance company that is legally responsible for paying your damages, you should expect that it will offer you a low settlement unless you convince the company to do otherwise.
Myth 2: The insurance company or the court will value your damages fairly if you don’t have a lawyer
The truth: It is unlikely that you will be taken seriously unless you are represented by counsel. Once you hire a lawyer, the insurance company and the court will know that your rights are being protected and that you have an advocate working hard to get you the fair damages that you deserve.
Myth 3: It doesn’t matter if you take action now or if you wait
The truth: It matters—for two key reasons: you have a limited amount of time to file a car accident case in Alaska, and the sooner that you take action the sooner you can recover damages.
Myth 4: The police officer will decide who is liable for your accident
The truth: This is not the police officer’s job. The police officer may investigate the accident and write a report. However, that report alone will not determine who was responsible for the crash. Instead, additional evidence may be presented.
Myth 5: A car accident lawyer costs too much and is a waste of money
The truth: Many car accident lawyers are paid on a contingency fee basis rather than an hourly fee basis. This means that your lawyer is paid a percentage of your eventual recovery and that your attorney is not paid at all unless you make a recovery. Additionally, many car accident recoveries are higher when an accident victim is represented by counsel.
This is only the start of the truthful information that you need after a car wreck.
Get the Accurate Information That You Deserve
An experienced car accident lawyer can help you understand your rights and how to protect your recovery. Once you contact attorney Ben Crittenden, you won’t have to guess about what to do next or wonder if you are doing the right thing. Instead, you can be confident in your decisions and work toward getting the fair recovery that you deserve.
To learn more accurate information that you need to move forward, please start a free chat with us now or download a free copy of our report, A Guide to Car Accident Claims in Alaska.