They say you cannot judge a book by its cover. Drivers are no different. When you first see the other party in a car crash, you might never imagine they were capable of the actions that led them to crash into you.
Few drivers will tell you what they did wrong. They know insurance claims can be challenging, so the best course of action is to keep quiet. Therefore, however guilty the other person knows they are, you will still have to work hard to prove it.
Any driver is capable of injuring you
Here are a few stereotypes that you should discard when looking for the cause of a crash:
- Older people drive slowly: The little old lady who reminds you of your grandma might have been a racing driver in her youth for all you know. Anyone of any age can have a taste for speed.
- Young people have good eyesight: The doctor only agreed you could continue driving at your age if you promised to wear extra strength glasses. When the insurer looks at the crash between you and a 25-year-old, they assume your eyesight is to blame. Yet, it could be that the younger driver has terrible vision but was too worried about their image to get glasses.
- Parents drive carefully: You’ve seen the stickers on parents’ car windows, telling other drivers to take care because they have a “precious cargo on board.” Yet, sometimes it is the parents themselves that drive in a way that endangers their child. Raising kids can be challenging and can result in tired, distracted, hurrying or stressed drivers.
Sometimes the cause of a vehicle crash seems obvious. Yet you need to examine all angles to be sure you find all contributing factors so you can claim the compensation you need.