Debunking 3 Common Myths Regarding Vehicle Accidents
Whether you operate a vehicle for your job or you drive to and from home, work, or school, driving is most likely an imperative part of your daily life. Unfortunately, accidents may occur while you spend a large portion of time on the road. Even though they are unavoidable, accidents can be handled in a manner that is less stressful. By debunking these common myths, you will have a better understanding on what to do if you are involved in a vehicle accident.
You Do Not Have to Report All Accidents
If you were involved in a minor fender bender or a bump in a parking lot, you may think you do not need to report the accident. However, that is not necessarily true because certain states have specific automobile accident laws for reporting both serious accidents and minor fender benders.
For example, crashes must be reported if the accident has caused a death, injury, or property damage that exceeds $1,000 in North Carolina. In Ohio, all vehicle accidents must be reported. Also, Georgia requires accident reports if there is death, injury, or property damage that exceeds $500, which may include a minor bump or fender bender.
To protect yourself, it is best to always report the accident even if you feel you and other parties involved can come to your own agreement.
If You Caused the Accident, Admit Fault
No driver is perfect, so you may have made a mistake that led to your accident. Even if you feel you are truly at fault, it is best to avoid admitting guilt at least until a police officer studies the accident scene.
When the officer arrives, they will ask you a series of questions to determine how the accident occurred. Make sure you give the officer the best recollection of what happened during the accident. Then, they will make their own judgement on who or what is at fault.
An initial admission of guilt early on may be used against you if the other parties involved decide to sue.
If You Feel Fine, Medical Attention Is Not Necessary
One of the most dangerous myths you may believe involves your health. If you feel fine after the accident, you may not think you need to be seen by a doctor or paramedic, but this can lead to serious medical complications that can follow you throughout your life.
Whiplash is a common condition that causes enormous pain and even immobility. Many people do not begin experiencing symptoms of this condition until a few days after the accident.
Without an efficient diagnosis and effective treatment, the pain of whiplash can become severe. Therefore, it is best to be seen by a medical specialist immediately after your accident to not only rule out whiplash, but also other hidden issues, such as internal bleeding.