What do you do if you were involved in a car wreck?
In this video attorney Curt Runger details what you should do if you were involved in a car accident. View the video below or see the transcript to hear Curt’s guidance to this stressful personal injury situation.
Transcript: Hey my name is Curt Runger and I’m an attorney in Memphis, Tennessee and I help my clients who are injured in Car and Truck wreck cases, recover money for their personal injuries, I wanted to shoot this video to talk about what you should do in the event that you’re involved in a car crash case. So, hypothetically speaking let’s say you’re driving home from work, six o’clock on a Friday afternoon or Friday evening, and boom some guy runs a stop sign, and hits your vehicle. What do you do well, hopefully, you are, you know, not trapped in the vehicle or you’re not knocked unconscious or something like that, let’s just assume that you’re not let’s assume that you are. You do have all your faculties you’re banged up but you’re not trapped in your car, you don’t lose consciousness. So what do you do in that scenario well the first thing that you do is immediately call and get the police out on the scene. Some people will say, I don’t want to get the bullies out here you know I’m in a hurry I want to get home. Why can’t I just exchange insurance information with the other driver, or you know I’m not that integral I’m in a hurry, I’ve got somewhere I need to go. That is a huge mistake, you want to get the police out on the scene, so that they can actually write up a report a crash report to document what happened in the wreck, you’re going to need that in the future, even if you think that you’re not hurt, you’re going to need that in the future. So step one, get the police out to the scene. You know to write up a report. Now, again, we’re assuming that you. You’re shaking up but you’re able to actually get out and move around a little bit. So what else did you do after you call the police. If possible, you want to try to take pictures of the vehicle pictures at the intersection where everything occurred and take them on your cell phone that you have documented proof of the damage to the vehicles and what the intersection look like, you know, and all that, again, those photos, they may seem not important at the time of the wreck but they can be extremely useful down the line in the event that you actually have to file a lawsuit to recover for your injuries. The third thing that you need to do is if you need medical attention, even if you don’t think you need medical attention. It’s very important to get checked out by a doctor, even if you’re just going to a walk in medical clinic and you’re not going to the ER. The best advice I can give you is, go get checked out and the reason why is simple. A lot of times when you’re in a wreck. You’ve got all this adrenaline that is built up from, you know, just a shock of it all and you might not. You might not be hurting, you know, right after a wreck and maybe a couple days until the the symptoms start to show up and you start feeling pain, but it’s important to go get checked out by a doctor as soon as practically possible so that you can get evaluated and establish a record of the fact that you’re involved in this car crash, and you’re not that pretty good. If you don’t do that, and all of a sudden your back starts hurting you know two or three weeks later, you decide to go and get treatment. What can oftentimes happen is if you try to file a claim for your personal injuries, some insurance adjuster is going to look at and say yeah right you’re not that hurt and you were that hurt you would have gone and sought immediate medical attention so even if you think that you’re fine. There’s no harm in getting checked out by a doctor to make sure that everything is good if you have any other questions about car or trucking accident cases, please give me a call at 901-388-5805. Thank you. If you have any further questions do not hesitate to call Curt or his team at Douglass & Runger, PLLC at (901) 388-5805 relating to other questions you may have about the automobile accident process.