Accidents on the freeway are different from other car accidents, such as fender benders in a parking lot. Vehicles on the freeway are traveling very fast, and many victims will suffer serious injuries as a result of the speed.
If you were involved in a freeway accident, you might not know what to do. Below, our Conyers car accident lawyer hits the highlights of what you need to know.
Pull Over to the Side of the Road
Wrecked vehicles can block traffic, which inconveniences everyone. According to the Georgia Driver’s Manual (Section 11), motorists should pull over to a safe place on the side of the road. Of course, your vehicle might be so wrecked that you can’t move it. You might also have been so badly injured that you can’t feasibly drive. In either case, you might need to wait for the police to come and have your vehicle towed. But if you can drive, then pull your car to the side of the road.
Once parked, you still have to worry about getting hit by vehicles racing by. You should turn on your hazard lights, or, if you have a safety kit with reflective triangles, you can also set those out on the side of the road.
Call Georgia State Patrol
You should report the accident so an officer can come out. You can call 9-1-1 and a dispatcher will send an officer to your location. Remember Georgia law requires reporting accidents if someone suffered a bodily injury, no matter how minor, or if there was at least $500 in damage to the vehicles. In most highway collisions, there is enough damage to warrant calling it in to police.
Swap Insurance & Personal Information
You should do this after every accident, regardless of where it happens. Remember to get the name of the driver’s insurance company so you can make a claim if the driver was at fault.
Also collect the names of everyone who witnessed the accident. If you were involved in a multi-car pileup, which often happens on the freeway, then it could be exhausting tracking down everyone’s personal information. Fortunately, this should be on the police report, which you can gain access to later.
Get Pictures—If Safe to Do So
Photographs can help a lawyer later reconstruct how an accident happened. However, taking pictures is harder after a crash on the freeway. For one thing, you don’t want to walk into the road to take a picture, since you could get struck. You also need to be careful simply walking around vehicles, as getting too close to traffic can be deadly.
Take what pictures you can while remaining safe. After the police come, you might need to pull off the highway with the other driver so you can get better pictures in a safer location.
Reach Out to an Attorney
Hiring a lawyer is an absolute necessity after a highway accident. If multiple vehicles were involved, then trying to allocate fault is a very difficult task. Just who is to blame for the accident? You might assume the car that hit you is to blame, but they might have been pushed from behind by another vehicle, or else the driver had no choice but to take defensive action and ended up pinballing off you.
A seasoned lawyer will take the time to fully review what is known about the crash. Reconstructing a highway accident is often difficult. We rely on photographs, police reports, and witness testimony to try and identify who is ultimately to blame for the accident and who must pay our client compensation.
Give Testimony as to What Happened
As someone who survived the highway accident, you have important information. We find that many cases turn on the testimony of those who were there. If necessary, you can give your version of events to all relevant insurance adjusters, but make sure you have a lawyer by your side during the questioning. Some adjusters might try to get you off track or ask irrelevant and vexing questions. We can make sure that questions stay focused on the accident and don’t twist what you say.
Contact a Member of Our Team
After a freeway accident, it is more important than ever to get the right legal team to represent you. At MG Law, our lawyers have negotiated fair settlements for all sorts of crashes, whether they were on the Interstate or another road in Georgia.
Please contact us today. Georgia law gives victims a short window of time to bring a claim, and any delay could undercut the strength of your case.Involved In A Car Accident? When Should You Contact An Injury Attorney?