If you’re like most people, then being in a car accident is one of the most traumatic experiences you’ve had in your life. Yet whether you have been in several accidents or none at all, you have probably heard many so-called facts about auto wrecks.

Below are some of the top myths about car accidents that you need to be aware of:

  1. You automatically receive compensation: Being involved in a car accident does not mean that you automatically receive compensation. If you are less than 50 percent at fault for the accident, you may receive a settlement offer. But beware, insurers always offer motorists the lowest possible amount of compensation first. Additionally, if you are more than 50 percent at fault, that you are barred from recovering damages.
  2. You can’t afford a lawyer: Don’t be misled into believing that you cannot afford an attorney — experienced injury lawyers operate on a contingency fee basis. Thus, your lawyer only gets paid if you obtain a settlement.
  3. You can file a lawsuit any time: False. In fact, you only have two years from the time of your personal injury to file a lawsuit.
  4. Your case will go to trial: Many people are terrified of the prospect of going to court. The truth of the matter, though, is that the majority of accident cases never make it to court. In most situations, no one really wants to go to court — everyone wants to resolve the matter as quickly and as cost-effectively as possible, and in some cases, going to court is too expensive and time consuming for the opposition. However, it is important for you to realize that every case is different.

If you are in an accident, seek help from a lawyer before you do anything else.