After the Accident: Is it Okay to Move Your Car?

If you have been in a car accident, you probably remember experiencing a moderate to extreme surge of adrenaline. This is normal during a time of trauma as the fight or flight hormone is released by your adrenal glands, with the body reacting to what it senses as a dangerous situation. Likely you will be scared and find that your heart is beating rapidly, but the flow of adrenaline serves to help you react quickly and perhaps with even greater strength than usual if you are in a catastrophic situation like a car that is on fire.

The surge of adrenaline may also serve to magnify energy when what you really need is to take a deep breath, calm down, and figure out your next step. In Georgia, you are required to stop your car immediately after an accident.

f there is a need for medical help, calling an ambulance is a priority. Assess your own injuries if there are any, as well as that of your passengers—and possibly the motorists in the other vehicle too. Trading contact information with the other parties is critical in case of an insurance claim. If the other party was negligent, you could have a substantial injury case, meaning that it is also important to speak with any witnesses and ask for their information; after all, the scene of the accident is the only time you may ever see them (unless the accident takes place in your neighborhood or a small community where you may know almost everyone).

Take pictures, documenting damage to both cars, license plates, as well as any visible physical injuries to yourself that are easily photographed. Also photograph the scene, including the street, intersection, and any other details like traffic signs and traffic lights that could be helpful in court.

If you or a loved one have been in a car accident due to the negligence of others, you may be quickly burdened with medical expenses, emotional trauma, serious pain due to injury, and more. With over 30 years of experience in accidental and personal injury practice, we will help you get the compensation you deserve. Speak with a skilled car accident attorney from the offices of H. Lehman Franklin, P.C. Call now to learn more at 912-764-9616, or contact us online.