Handling Claims for Car Crash Victims in the Huntsville Area
Car accidents happen, and they are not only dangerous and frightening but can also leave you at a loss for how best to proceed. After being injured by someone else’s negligence is no time to take matters into your own hands. Your rights and your complete recovery are too important to leave to chance; if another motorist leaves you injured, consult with an experienced Huntsville car accident lawyer today.
What to Do After a Car Accident
If you’re involved in a car accident, it can be very disorienting, and it’s important to have a solid grasp of the steps you should take, including:
- Pull off the road and away from the accident as safely as you possibly can
- Check to see if anyone – including yourself – is injured.
- If there are any injuries, call 911 immediately.
- If there are no obvious injuries, call the police (911 will call the police on your behalf if you’ve already called 911).
- Provide whatever aid you can until emergency medical help arrives.
- Exchange basic insurance and contact information with the at-fault driver.
- Do not offer explanations or apologies (out of a misguided sense of politeness or for any other reason).
- Remember that any statements you make now can come back to haunt you, so only answer questions directed to you by the police, and keep your responses truthful, succinct, and no-nonsense.
- Document the scene of the accident by using your phone to take pictures and videos from every angle.
Remember that, even if you don’t think you were seriously injured in the accident, it is in your best interest to get checked by a medical professional. Injuries can hide in plain sight – allowing them time to become more serious and more difficult to treat. Always err on the side of caution and have a doctor rule out any serious injuries after a car accident.
If you’ve been injured by a negligent motorist, it’s important to assess the full extent of the damages you’ve suffered. These can include economic damages, such as your medical expenses, property damage to your vehicle, and lost wages on the job. A serious car accident, however, can also leave you with noneconomic damages that include pain and suffering and mental anguish.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, your medical expenses can be immense, including:
- Emergency care at the scene of the accident and emergency transportation from the scene of the accident
- Surgery, surgical care, and aftercare
- Medical treatment from doctors, specialists, and therapists
- Follow-up care
- Physical and occupational therapy
- Home health care
- Prescription medications
- Adaptive physical devices
- Home adaptations
Your medical expenses can also extend forward into the future, and it can be difficult to calculate their full scope until some time has passed and your prognosis is established.
If a negligent motorist leaves you seriously injured, you could face considerable losses on the job. These include not only lost hours and wages but can also mean a diminished earning potential into your future if you aren’t able to continue on your current career path. In fact, your career trajectory can be permanently altered. Because so many of us equate our career successes with our personal sense of accomplishment, such an eventuality can be both financially and emotionally devastating.
Pain and Suffering
The fact is that there is more to a serious car accident than simply the financial ramifications, which can be astronomical. There is also the pain and suffering you’ve been forced to contend with. Car accidents are traumatic, dangerous events that often leave victims with PTSD-like symptoms that continue to haunt them into the future. There is also the physical pain you endure, as well as the very real effects that your injuries and the experience have on your quality of life to calculate. The pain and suffering resulting from a serious car accident should never be discounted.
Dangerous accidents are often caused by driver negligence, which can come in any number of forms, but often include:
- Driving while Distracted – With the incredible status that smartphones have earned in our lives, it’s probably no wonder that distracted driving is becoming more and more of a problem on our highways and byways. Distracted drivers are dangerous drivers, and one of the most dangerous distractions of all is texting.
- Driving while Impaired – We all know that getting behind the wheel after hoisting a few drinks is a terrible idea, but many drivers continue to partake in this dangerous practice. Impaired drivers are out there, and they endanger everyone with whom they share the road.
- Driving Aggressively – Aggressive driving usually refers to engaging in a suite of dangerous driving practices all at the same time. You know an aggressive driver when you see one – he’s the guy honking, weaving in and out of traffic, speeding, and tailgating all within a few miles. Steer clear of aggressive drivers, and if you think it’s warranted, alert the authorities when it’s safe to do so.
- Speeding – Speeding excessively is one of the most dangerous driving practices and one of the most common. Speed plays a significant role in most deadly traffic accidents.
- Failing to Drive Safely in Relation to the Condition of the Road – Driving safely includes driving safely for road’s actual condition. When the weather is bad, when the roads are slippery, and/or when visibility is low, drivers are responsible for significantly reducing their speed and proceeding accordingly. Further road construction demands more careful attention to speed and safety precautions. Finally, roads that are poorly maintained require safe drivers to proceed with extreme caution.
When you get behind the wheel of your car, you accept the enormous responsibility of driving safely. Negligent drivers fail to uphold this responsibility and often hurt others in the process.
If a Negligent Driver Leaves You Injured, Call an Experienced Huntsville Car Accident Lawyer
If you’ve been injured by another driver’s negligence, the experienced car accident lawyers at Cloud, Ryan & Rouse in Huntsville are committed to aggressively advocating for the compensation to which you are entitled. We’re here to help, so please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at 256-801-1000 for a free consultation today.