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Busting myths about car accidents

Don't let myths stand between you and proper compensation after a car accident. Below are a few of the more common myths you need to know about -- even if you haven't been involved in a wreck yet.

1. You can just work with the other driver and find your own solution.

Other drivers may want to just "talk it out," especially when they're at fault. They'll tell you not to call the police or the insurance company. This is a huge risk on your part. Know when professionals need to be involved. Don't just trust the other driver, who may only be looking out for himself or herself.

2. You can get compensation only for immediate injuries.

In reality, you don't even have to know you're injured right away. There is a statute of limitations, but, unless the time frame exceeds it, you can still go back and sue after the fact. For instance, you may feel fine after the crash and then realize you're having headaches and you have a concussion a few days later.

3. Police decide who was at fault.

The police help, certainly, by creating an accident report. They may have an opinion about who was at fault. However, you may still need to get a court to make an official determination. The accident report is one piece of evidence that will be considered. That's why it's important to take notes, take pictures, and get as much other evidence as you can.

If you've been hurt in an accident, make sure you really know how to get what you deserve. Don't let these myths keep you from compensation or make you assume you don't have any legal options.

Source: FIndLaw, "5 Car Accident Myths," Christopher Coble, accessed Feb. 15, 2017

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