4 Major Myths About Syracuse Car Accident Settlements
Anytime you are in an auto accident is can seem overwhelming. After the accident, you may have doubts as to how you should protect yourself or even what rights you may have. To help remove some of the confusion we have listed a few of the myths when it comes to auto accidents in the Syracuse, NY area.
Myth 1: Accident Lawyers Are Too Expensive
Way too often victims in car accidents hesitate to contact a car accident lawyer out of fear that they can afford one. What you should know is that most car accident lawyers won’t charge you an upfront fee.
They work on what is called a contingency basis. What this means is that they take a percentage of the compensation that you receive when your case is settled successfully. Most of the time you don’t have to use any of your own money to receive legal representation.
Myth 2: I Will Receive Compensation Automatically If the Crash Wasn’t My Fault
This is false. For you to collect any compensation to cover lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering and any other damages you have to prove that the negligent party is the cause for the crash to occur and that the accident caused the injury(s) that you have. This is where an experienced lawyer can direct you step by step through this process to prove what did happen.
Myth 3: The Police Will Determine Who is at Fault
When an offer arrives on the scene, their main objective is to access if anyone needs medical attention and to write up an accident report. While this report may contain information regarding your case such as date and time, location and the vehicles involved as well as the weather conditions, it is not, however, evidence that proves fault. It is always a good idea to write down as soon as possible your own perspective of what happened and get legal representation.
Myth 4: The Insurance Company is On My Side
It is most likely that you would get a call from the liable party’s insurer and they will come across very nice and concerning. You need to remember that their goal is to compensate as little as possible to you. They are a business like any other and therefore they are dedicated to maximizing their profits. When you work with a lawyer on your case, you can avoid the pitfall of being low balled into settling with unfair treatment by the insurance company.
If you’ve been injured in a car crash in Syracuse, NY or surrounding areas, it is in your best interest to reach out to McMahon Kublick, PC. We have successfully represented many victims of auto crashes and are committed to making sure your rights are protected. Call us at (315) 291-1962 today.